This book describes the real-life journeys of women psychotherapists: why each woman chose this profession and what she learned about others—and most importantly, about herself—in this choice. Most critically, these women now share how they have integrated this wisdom into their everyday lives. While psychotherapists may also be authors, few write books about their journeys in the profession. Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in Healing is one of those rare books. Each contributor invites her readers onto the road traveled by the woman who listens to others needing her help and guides them into living a more joyous, successful life, even as she moves towards greater fulfillment in her own life.
Contributions by Carla Bradshaw; Thema Bryant-Davis; Lillian Comas-Díaz; Janice Crawford; Beverly Fauman; Beverly Greene; Cinzia Levalds; Patricia Pitta; Jennifer Ruff and Pratyusha Tummala-Narra
Kudos to Drs. Comas-Diaz and Weiner for having conceptualized this project and brought together 11 articulate, thoughtful psychotherapists. Their highly personalized stories of how they evolved into healers are both instructional and inspirational to women therapists at any age or level of experience. Women Psychotherapists:Journeys in Healing belongs in every woman therapist's library.
— Dorothy W. Cantor, PsyD, Former President: American Psychological Association
The editors have collected rich, compelling stories of the life journeys of eleven wisewomen who are noted psychotherapists and healers. Each wisewoman shares poignant and personal accounts of the influences in her life that have led to the path she has followed and the joy she feels in her current career. Each brings us a unique understanding of diverse and significant aspects of the process of psychotherapy and its relationship to healing. A treasure for the thoughtful therapist
— Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, Past-President, American Psychological Association
This treasure provides unique and invaluable views into the life experiences of a very diverse group of experienced women psychotherapists. The stunningly good anthology provides insights about how these amazing women's life circumstances contributed to their development. Mental health professionals and consumers, both women and men alike, will identify and resonate with the encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring stories of struggles and triumphs.
— Melba Vasquez, PhD, American Psychological Association President, 2011
This book has beautifully met the purpose of the editors and perhaps exceeds it.... Comas-Diaz and Weiner have contributed a rich and layered rendering of women psychotherapists' lives. Their book will be inspiring and useful for both beginning and advanced practitioners. This contribution may spark a desire for more texts about advanced development for psychotherapists and connections between spirituality and practice.
Chapter 1 Dedication
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Introduction: Wisewomen: The Evolution of Female Psychotherapists
Chapter 4 The Birthing of a Womanist Psychologist: On Becoming a Guide to Healing and Empowerment
Chapter 5 Hannah Krants' Conversion
Chapter 6 (As) If I Had a Choice
Chapter 7 Psychologist by Accident, Profession by Choice: My Journey of Compassion and Service
Chapter 8 Slave and Midwife: Healing in the Midst of Social Injustice
Chapter 9 The Woman Psychotherapist: A Spiritual Perspective
Chapter 10 Transcultural Woman: Healing in a Strange Land
Chapter 11 The Delicate Art of Connection and Healing
Chapter 12 Becoming a Psychotherapist: Discovering the Self amidst Cultural Shifts
Chapter 13 Unbroken Chain
Chapter 14 Adversity, Healing and the Development and Practice of a Woman Psychologist
Chapter 15 Conclusion: Women of Words: Psychotherapy from a Feminine Perspective
Chapter 16 Index
Chapter 17 About the Contributors
About the Editors:
Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C. and a clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Marcella Bakur Weiner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Brooklyn and New York City. She is the author of Psychotherapy and Religion: Many Paths, One Journey.