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Key ConceptsWhat are some of the keypropositions of the theory? How and why do people develop problems? Theory of ChangeHow can therapy help a person overcome problems? What must a person do to improve his or her functioning?The focus of feminist therapy is to make gender issues transparent so that women are empowered and changed. Core principles are that the experiences of women are honored, there is an emphasis on gender equality, and confronting oppression, personal is political, the counseling relationship is egalitarian, and the definitions of distress and mental illness are reformulated. Problems develop due to the lack of gender equality, the oppression for women, and the traditional roles that still exist that inhibit women’s growth and development. The goal of therapy is to bring about transformation in the individual client andin society. For the individual client the goal is to free themselves from the limitations of gender-role in our society by having them recognize, claim, and use their personal power. There are five specific goals: equality, balancing independence and interdependence, empowerment, self-nurturance, and valuing diversity. InterventionsWhat techniques does the counselor use to helpbring about change? Who Is in Charge? What Is the Role of the Client and the Counselor?What is the counselor responsible for in sessions? What is the client expected to do? Who takes the leading role in the interaction? Resources on the Theory29
Theories of Counseling Chartcommunity? Where are resources for learning more? provide many resources regarding different therapeutic approaches.