Therapy for Women

What Do Women Struggle With?

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” — Sheila Murray Bethel

Many women struggle with sadness, isolation, worries, and trauma.  Yet as a woman, it can be difficult to find help when you are holding everything together.  Taking care of the kids, managing the house, and maintaining a career, can make it difficult to set aside time to attend to your own well-being. 

You do not have to do this alone. 

At Variations Psychology, we want you to feel cared for and supported through the challenges of life. These challenges may feel daunting or sometimes even impossible, but we want you to feel empowered to overcome them and feel better equipped for the future. 

Women face unique stressors rooted in trauma, discrimination, hormonal changes, and cultural issues (El Kissi et al, 2013; Young, 2015).  Gender can determine how much power a person has, and American culture tends to give women less power.  This can lead women to greater risk-factors associated with mental health issues (Gender and Women’s Health, 2017).  There is also evidence that if a woman is an ethnic minority, she may be particularly at-risk for stress, depression, and anxiety (Holden, Ware, & Lee, 2016).  

Some mental health conditions that are commonly expressed by women include (DSM-5; Women’s Issues, 2017):

  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood-related issues

Common presenting problems women may bring into therapy include:

  • Relationship issues
  • Work or occupational problems
  • Life transition difficulty
  • Identity struggles
  • Social issues

There are some cultural factors that contribute to women’s issues as well. One of these issues is sexism and oppression in society, which can stifle growth and development for women as they are seen as “less than.” Another issue is the high likelihood of women experiencing abuse and domestic violence, which can lead to posttraumatic symptoms. The media’s distorted message of what women “should” look like can also lead to self-esteem issues (Women’s Issues, 2017). 

Considering all of the stressors and difficulties women face, having support becomes essential. With proper treatment and encouragement, you can overcome your struggles.  At Variations Psychology, we have experts who can help. 

How Can Therapy for Women Help?

Therapy provides a safe place for women to express themselves and discuss their struggles.  Women’s therapy is a specialized service designed to meet your needs based on the context of your identity and culture as a woman.

Life transitions such as motherhood, menopause, giving birth, and hormonal changes may be troublesome and difficult to understand and navigate.  Many women view themselves more negatively than men on average, and this can lead to higher levels of distress (Orenstein, 2013; Zuckerman et al, 2016).  Women’s therapists can help you see yourself in a more positive and realistic light.  In therapy, you will learn coping skills that will help you to process your emotions as they come up, and take action over difficult situations in an effective way. 

Everyone wants to feel heard and understood.  Here at Variations Psychology, we are eager to hear your story and help you through whatever may be keeping you from having the life you want. 

How Can Variations Psychology Help?

Therapy can provide a safe space for women to discuss life’s issues and connect with another woman who truly cares. 

The Variations team is composed of specialists in the areas of Clinical Psychology, School and Educational Psychology, Child Development, and Psychological and Educational Testing. The experience and training of the team hosts a group of professionals that are ready to connect with you and provide specialized services tailored to your needs. These include individual therapy, family therapy, play therapy, IEP consultation, and psychological assessment.  

Within the therapy domain, we have providers who specialize in women’s issues, parent-child interactions, child development, and education. We tailor treatment to what you need and what you are hoping to improve as a result of therapy. 

Our women’s therapy specialist, Dr. Daniella A. Davis, Psy.D specializes in women’s issues and the life transitions that come with being female. She is passionate about providing support and coming alongside patients as not only a therapist but also a fellow woman. Please contact her directly at DrDavis@variationspsychology.com or contact our Variations office to see if she is a good fit for you. 

At Variations, we believe you have the tools to change your life. 

Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today! We are eager to connect with you. 

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If you are interested in therapy services, please contact us. We would love to talk with you and discuss what therapy could look like for you. 

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More about Variations Psychology

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Take a look at our Specialists page and learn more about what we do. 

We are based in Newport Beach, California and love to connect with our community. We cannot wait to meet you. 

References

Gender and Women’s Mental Health. (2017). World Health Organization. 

El Kissi, Y., Romdhane, A. B., Hidar, S., Bannour, S., Idrissi, K. A., Khairi, H., & Ali, B. B. H. (2013). General psychopathology, anxiety, depression and self-esteem in couples undergoing infertility treatment: a comparative study between men and women. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology167(2), 185-189.

Holden, L., Ware, R.S., & Lee, C. (2016). Trajectories of mental health over 16 years amongst young adult women: The Australian longitudinal study on women’s health. Developmental Psychology, 52(1), 164-175.

Orenstein, P. (2013). Schoolgirls: Young women, self-esteem, and the confidence gap. Anchor.

Women’s Issues. (2017). GoodTherapy.org. 

Young, J. L. (2015). Women and mental illness. Psychology Today. 

Zuckerman, M., Li, C., & Hall, J. A. (2016). When men and women differ in self-esteem and when they don’t: A meta-analysis. Journal of Research in Personality64, 34-51.