According to Gerald Corey, feminist therapy is based on five connected beliefs involving both the client and the therapist. The first belief forms when there is political desire to implement social change (Corey, 2013). In the feminist therapy, it is imperative to want to allievate conditions that do not promote fairness in the society. The next belief reaffirms the counseling
4 Running head: Overview of Feminist Theory relationship is egalitarian which reassures equality between the therapist and the client (Corey, 2013). The helps the client to feel involved in their helping process without being a bystander. They are taking part in their healing and growth. Thirdly, the client should be aware that she or he has the power to change and define herself and the therapist is only a instrument with new perception and information (Corey, 2013). Again, this reiterates the nature of the therapist role in the counseling sessions. They are merely guides to deeper revelations. Another very important belief if honoring women’s experiences as they get in touch with their personal experiences and intuition, definitions of distress and mental illness are reformulated involving the internal as well as external factors of distress (Corey, 2013). Feminist therapy stresses the importance of receiving all experiences. They are all vital to the therapeutic process. Lastly, feminist therapists use a combined analysis of oppression (Corey, 2013). This means that they understand that both men and women are exposed to oppression and stereotypes and that these oppressive experiences have a intense effect on beliefs and perceptions. Feminist Therapy, as female directed as its name suggest, can aid in self-discovery by both males and females by understanding its history and its strengths and weaknesses. With the proper information, counseling and practice, males and females can benefit feminist therapy. History of Theory The history of feminist therapy began back in the 18 th century. This movement continued on until the commencement of the 20 th century (Sandberg, 2013). Feminism was a movement to liberate women in many different aspects. They include liberation: legally, economically, and politically. During this period, the main focus was to receive equal rights for women that assisted them in owning property, protection from violence and voting to name a few (Weiss, 2013). It appears during this time women intuitively knew they had to take a stance for themselves and
5 Running head: Overview of Feminist Theory their daughters to come. Amazingly, this movement of feminism gathered women together from all religious or nonreligious sectors. There were women who were Libertarian, Christian conservative, Anarchist and Socialist that were all in support of liberating women (Brown, 2011). These initial women were the forerunners for women today.
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