A New Model for Women’s Empowerment in Psychotherapy – HPP 26
This episode comes at a time where the #MeToo movement has allowed so many women to step forward, speak their truth, and tell the stories of how men abused their power. That individual and collective voice is necessary for society to heal and evolve, which, in turn, can lead to more equality and safety.
Mental health professionals have heard these stories in their offices for many years. The storytelling is one important component of healing in a therapeutic context. However, often a much deeper inquiry and investigation into perceptions, traumas, and core beliefs must also happen for a sense of inner power and authority of one’s life.
In this episode, Emma Derman Teitel talks about a truly empowering approach to feminist psychotherapy and helping women overcome internalized patriarchy. It’s often easy as clinicians to simply listen to stories that need to be told by women and stop there. However, a combination of support and challenge is needed in order to help a woman regain her inner power and bring forth her deepest gifts.
Emma’s unique journey about what led her to working with women [10:45]
Feminist psychotherapy versus feminist theory [15:15]
Signals that women are actively struggling with patriarchal injuries [22:15]
How to challenge women to overcome the obstacles that they perceive [31:15]
The fuel and fire of the woman healer [37:15]
The power of gratitude [40:15]