Have you lost the take-no-prisoners brand of confidence you felt as a kid? Are you stuck in a lackluster or toxic relationship? Have years of living with a low self worth resulted in a life that feels as lame as your ego?
Apparently, they used to call us “the fairer sex.” Perhaps your grandpa still does. And yet, were you to ask women about their formative years, many would attest that the word “fair” doesn’t seem to apply.
Women experience specific environmental, psychological and biological challenges related to gender that have a significant impact on their mental health and well-being. If not addressed properly, these challenges can lead to anxiety, depression and a lost sense of self.
Are Women More at Risk of Developing Mental Health Issues?
Daniel Freeman, Oxford University clinical psychologist, analyzed 12 large-scale studies and concluded that women may be between 20% and 40% more likely to develop a mental illness than men. According to Freeman, “Women tend to view themselves more negatively than men and that is a vulnerability factor for many mental health problems.”
Some common mental health issues experienced by women include:
- Postpartum depression
- Postpartum psychosis
- Abuse of drugs, alcohol
- Eating disorders
- Self-harming behaviors
Why Seek Therapy?
Most of these come from an attempt to silence our pain when we feel we have no other option. We become smaller and less conscious. All can take a serious toll.
I take an eclectic approach, utilizing mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) from a feminist perspective. We’ll expand your toolbox and help you feel more free. Seeking therapy can be an empowering first step on the road back to YOU. And while some steps you take may, at times, feel uncertain and scary, you will have someone right there with you listening and encouraging you to cross that finish line.
If you or someone you know would like to explore treatment options, please get in touch with me. I would be honored to hear your story.