It may come as no surprise that with all the gender-based pressures, discrimination, and traumas, women tend to struggle with higher rates of mental health issues than men. Common mental health conditions affect about one in five of us, with anxiety disorders impacting women at a rate of 23 percent (men are impacted at a rate of 14 percent, by comparison).
There are a lot of reasons for these imbalances, but many of them boil down to an unreasonable expectation for women to “do it all.” There are a zillion things on our to-do lists every day, ranging from being successful at work to caring for loved ones. On top of that, we are expected to look and behave a certain way, causing many women to struggle with imposter syndrome, social anxiety, and a negative self-image.
There is not much space carved out for us to try new things, make mistakes, and approach problems differently, and we are often made to believe we are weak or incompetent if we can’t figure it out on our own. Instead of viewing our emotions with openness and curiosity, we may be questioning ourselves and our feelings.
Therapy is a chance for women to experience less loneliness, anxiety, and burnout on the roller coaster ride of life. By feeling connected and supported in the counseling space, you can open up your life to new, affirming possibilities.
While Therapy is all about your own unique, individual journey, I am likely to draw from a few different modalities that will help us collaborate to make real improvement in your life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one tool that I use to help women understand and change unhelpful thoughts, manage emotions, and make choices that lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. CBT is especially useful for identifying triggers and managing stress so that you can feel more relaxed and less anxious on a day-to-day basis.
In addition, I may use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help you lead a more balanced, emotionally stable, and fulfilling life. It's used to build practical skills to manage stress and communicating effectively. This form of therapy is particularly helpful for women who want to set boundaries and regulate their emotions.
Narrative Therapy (NT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) are both a short-term therapies I typically use in collaboration with other modalities. They help you see that the problem is separate from who you are as a person and help you restructure unhelpful beliefs about yourself. They tends to focus on practical solutions rather than delving extensively into past issues. This means you can see positive change more quickly.
That said, it can be meaningful to process unresolved issues of the past and to exploring the origins of your fears. Which is why I use Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT) - it helps us understand patterns or habits in your current relationships and how you feel about yourself.
While these approaches are useful, the therapeutic relationship itself is one of the greatest tools we have in therapy. That’s why it’s so important you actually connect and vibe with your therapist. As a therapist and millennial myself, I aim to connect with the women I see in a way that promotes authenticity, self-reflection, affirmation, and empowerment and help you discover and embrace strengths that you didn’t know were there.