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Feminist Therapy as a Political Act
Marcia Hill, EdD (Edt)
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 1998-08-01 / 1560231122
Feminist Theory / Psychotherapy
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Feminist Therapy as a Political Act explores what is means to politicize therapy and how you can make pyschotherapy a method for creating social and individual change. You’ll find examples and strategies for discussing topics such as empowerment and identity that allow you to provide better services to clients while learning new ideas and methods of feminist therapy.

Examining how language, behavior, and political thinking influence therapeutic methods, Feminist Therapy as a Political Act contains suggestions and examples that can be applied to clients in the individual, hospital, or community setting. You’ll discover the rich variety of ways in which therapists politicize the therapy relationship, setting, assumptions, techniques, and dialogues, and find several examples on how to incorporate political consciousness into your sessions. Feminist Therapy as a Political Act gives you insight into several methods and practices, including:
integrating specific therapy techniques and the background dialogue of therapy into principles of feminist therapy practices
modifying cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and other therapy techniques to make them more compatible with feminist principles
redefining and reclaiming empowerment for conducting political analysis in feminist psychotherapy
recognizing client identity, including race, gender, and sexual identity, to provide clients with better therapy
providing information on Japanese feminist counseling in relation to Eastern thought, the women’s liberation movement, and the concepts of independence, dependence, and maternity
discussing the challenges of working with men
Contributors to Feminist Therapy as a Political Act give you insight into the profession on the international level, for example, examining the challenges to feminist therapists in Japan and describing how survivors of incest and sexual abuse in Israel “went public” with their ordeals through art, poetry, performances, and lectures. Offering diverse methods, techniques, and suggestions that will help you provide better services for your clients, Feminist Therapy as a Political Act also gives you the knowledge and inspiration to make your therapeutic work a political act.
Reviews: “PROVIDES INSIGHT into the individual, hospital, and community settings. The contributors create a tool for both the professional and the patient to make therapeutic work a political act.”
Hurricane Alice

“A real contribution to the field. . . . A valuable tool for feminist therapists and those who want to learn about feminist therapy. Marcia Hill has done an admirable job bringing together well-written articles by noted therapists. . . . Bravo to Hill for producing this informative, thorough, and readable volume.”
Florence L. Denmark, PhD, Robert S. Pace Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Chair, Psychology Department, Pace University, New York, New York

“A provocative book . . . . A combination of revitalized theory and concrete suggestions of how to turn theory into action. It is a reminder that therapy still needs feminist challenges.”
G. Dorsey Green, PhD, psychologist in independent practice, Seattle, Washington

Contents: Contents Preface
Making Therapy Feminist: A Practice Survey
Putting Politics into Practice: Feminist Therapy as Feminist Praxis
Feminist Therapy: Integrating Political Analysis in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Contextual Identity: A Model for Therapy and Social Change
Japanese Feminist Counseling as a Political Act
Politicizing Survivors of Incest and Sexual Abuse: Another Facet of Healing
Border Crossing and Living Our Contradictions: Letters Between Two Feminist Therapists About Doing Therapy with Men
Fostering Resistance Through Relationships in a Feminist Hospital Program
Tools For Change: Methods of Incorporating Political/Social Action into the Therapy Session
Index

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