Women’s Counseling & Psychotherapy:
Help for Women in Times of Transition
American women today can do and achieve more than their mothers or grandmothers or, for that matter, any other generation of women in history.
So why do so many women feel like they lose themselves along the way?
Women are responding to a society that still sees them, and their ways of viewing and relating to the world, as not as important, valid or valuable as men. If they’re mothers of dependent children, their responsibilities in that role seem to grow daily, even as they increasingly take on the “breadwinner” role. They’re caught between what their mothers accepted and expected from their fathers, and what they themselves truly need and expect from their husbands. And they’re affected by both tremendous social pressure and a psychological legacy that tell them they must live up to impossible standards of perfection and put everyone else’s needs and expectations far above their own.
Women are vulnerable to these harmful messages because most women have such a deep desire for connection. For most women the essential challenge is to balance that powerful, life-sustaining inner call to connect with and take care of the people they love, with the voice within that tells them to be true to who they genuinely are — to think and feel and want and share and create in their own unique and inimitable way.
For 30 years, as head of Women’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Frederick, and Bethesda Md., I’ve been helping women recognize the invisible factors holding them back, and pay attention to their own inner voice, in their relationships, at their work, and with their children and families. What I learned from counseling thousands of women led me to write a book about this, called I Know I’m in There Somewhere: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity (Penguin USA, 2003).
I help women of every age go from putting themselves down and giving themselves away to trusting what they truly know and feel, and going after what they truly want. I deeply feel and believe that the more women follow what’s in their hearts and souls, the more they are contributing to the world as a whole, and to the changes that bring us all — women and men — forward.
Let me help you stop blaming yourself for things that aren’t and never were your fault, and balance the needs and wants of others with the amplified voice of what you know and want for yourself, so you can live your fullest life.
If you want me to help you get past limiting legacies, hurtful situations and stuck relationships to feel more powerful in your life, call me at 301 695-5858 or contact me below.
Very few women have been told that they have an inner voice that is theirs and theirs alone. Instead, they often learn the intricate arts of developing and maintaining connection at a high cost — at the expense of their true selves.