Psychotherapy with Women

Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities

Edited by Marsha Pravder Mirkin, Karen L. Suyemoto, and Barbara F. Okun

August 12, 2005
ISBN 9781593851897
Price: $49.00 $36.75
357 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“The authors discuss different cultural realities transparently, sensitively, and with great clarity. They are able to move the therapist from the simplistic and rather stereotypical sociocultural formulations of women's clinical presentations....The distinctions among different areas that matter to women (work, interpersonal relationships, health, and self-care) are preserved well in the book, and these distinctions need to be echoed in all therapies with women....The authors leave the reader with a sense of hope that we can overcome the impact of harmful sociopolitical and cultural processes and walk the tightrope of challenging oppression and respecting diversity.”


“This book is a 'must read' for therapists, other service providers, and anyone interested in women’s issues. This gem provides a contemporary analysis of women's diversity and takes it to the next level. The book's fresh emphasis on work and self-care will resonate with today's readers. Both erudite and practical, this is a suitable text for courses on gender, diversity, multiculturalism, and health.”

—Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University

“The richness and intellectual depth of this volume enhance its value as an intriguing, enlightening 'must read' for practitioners, scholars, and students in diverse disciplines. The editors' and contributors' distinctive, caring take on women and the contexts in which they live, coupled with the quality of the writing, make this remarkable book a benchmark in the literature on women, family, work, relationships, and personal health.”

—Thomas J. Cottle, PhD, School of Education, Boston University

“An important contribution, this book demonstrates how to connect clinical and social justice goals in work with diverse women. Attending to such crucial concerns as privilege, marginalization, and dilemmas around meaning and values, chapters model the process of reflexive and critically conscious practice. Unique strengths of the book include major sections on the promotion of health and well-being. A valuable resource for clinicians and educators.”

—Beth G. Reed, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

“This compelling book explores the intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, immigration, and other contexts of women's lives today, drawing on a vast body of knowledge and animating it with absorbing case examples. Focusing on women’s predicaments, resources, and constraints in the areas of work, relationships, and self-care, this is a valuable text for social service and mental health professionals in training and for women's studies courses. Readers will appreciate the editors' and contributors' strong commitment to understanding and addressing the inequities in women’s lives.”

—Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

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