Women and mental health
There are many obstacles that can get in the way of a woman living a happy and fulfilled life. Societal expectations and cultural pressures often tear women down. Gender-based roles, stereotypes, gender socialization, and other issues can create oppressive circumstances that impact mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. According to the World Health Organization, women are typically reported to experience mental health issues like anxiety and depression at a higher rate. Research also shows that women are more susceptible to somatic issues, or a physical manifestation of mental and emotional struggles. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that women are disproportionately affected by several risk factors for mental health problems, including lower social status, lower income, required care giving roles and responsibilities, and greater likelihood of experiencing sexual violence. You might find yourself feeling alone, isolated, and confused. We are here to help. Visit our pages on anxiety, depression, and trauma for details on types of therapy that might be helpful to you. We will work closely with you to find what’s best.
Therapy for women’s issues
At Lakewood Family Therapy we take a special interest in the issues women face. Common themes of therapy include painful perfectionism, roles and identity, personal dreams and aspirations, challenges with life balance, difficulty finding support, and grappling with guilt or lack of self-worth. We are committed to helping the single woman, the new mother, the empty nester, the widow, the career woman, the stay-at-home mom, the late bloomer, and every woman in-between. We provide a safe and non-judgemental environment to help you define your goals and values–or to help you simply find the space to breathe! There is no shame in asking for help. We will work side-by-side with you to nurture self-compassion and develop the skills you need for emotional expression and assertiveness. We offer individual sessions at various times during the day and evening to best fit your busy schedule. We look forward to helping you feel empowered to embrace a fulfilling life.