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On the Shoulders of Women: Feminization of Psychotherapy

On the Shoulders of Women: Feminization of Psychotherapy (Hardback)

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While men and women used to enter the field of psychotherapy at an almost equal rate, the past 15 years have seen a drastic shift: Statistics clearly show that women are entering the mental health professions in huge numbers at the same time that the incoming number of men is on the decline. Although there has been little professional acknowledgment, it is apparent that psychotherapy is undergoing a fundamental transformation into an all-women's field. This volume presents a brilliant and impassioned analysis of this dramatic alteration. On the Shoulders of Women demonstrates that the feminization of psychotherapy will have lasting effects on the theories guiding the work of psychotherapists within the consulting room, their views of psychopathology and human development, and even the techniques and goals of psychotherapeutic practice. In a provocative discussion, this volume reveals the ways the current paradigm shift in psychoanalysis - from drive theory to a relational model - is deeply embedded in the gender recomposition of the field. Just as women represented the "other" in the traditional Freudian paradigm, which had its roots in the patriarchal family of late nineteenth-century Vienna and was practiced largely by men, so now men may be approaching a similar status within the emerging relational model. The author asserts that the implications of the feminization of psychotherapy go even further, transcending the boundaries of clinical theory and practice altogether. There is little question that psychotherapy is currently a field in crisis: professional publications tell of the recent "mental health care revolution, " in which public and private sector funding and support for both short- and long-term psychotherapeutic care are declining rapidly. Ironically, while the prestige and financial rewards to be gained in the field of psychotherapy appear to be decreasing, the overall number of new psychotherapists has grown. On the Shoulders of Women maintains t

LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenMedical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineClinical psychologyMedical & VeterinaryBrances of medicinePsychiatryMedical & VeterinaryBrances of medicinePsychotherapyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Guilford Publications Publication Date: 13/08/1993 ISBN-13: 9780898620177  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ilene J. Philipson holds doctorates in both sociology and clinical psychology. She is an affiliated scholar at the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group at University of California, Berkeley, a clinical psychologist at Pacific Applied Psychology Associates, and in private practice in Berkeley, California. She is the author of Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond the Myths, and coeditor of Women, Class, and the Feminist Imagination.

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