WOMEN FACE UNIQUE ISSUES BALANCING PERSONAL WELLNESS, FAMILY & CAREER: THE MENTAL LOAD IS REAL & IT’S TOUGH.
In our modern world, women can choose to be mothers, CEOs, caretakers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, and so much more. In many homes, they now are the main source of income. This also means, however, that women often take on bigger mental and emotional loads.
Often the primary caregivers in a home, women raise children, handle household tasks, take care of older generations, and also are the breadwinners. The mental load of so many responsibilities can create significant stress.
Women also have many life situations that men simply do not have to deal with, including:
- Fertility issues
- Societal expectations around getting pregnant and starting a family
- Physical and mental changes with pregnancy
- Physical and mental changes with menstruation, perimenopause, and menopause
- Hormonal changes with aging
Moreover, men and women have very different responses to life’s stressors. Their bodies and minds react in unique ways, and a woman’s response often can be more complex than a man’s. Issues such as pain management, chronic illness, trauma, and financial issues are also are interpreted and managed differently by women.
How can women manage all of these complex concerns? Women’s wellness therapy can help.
I provide tailored therapeutic strategies that specifically address a woman’s needs. Working together, we can effectively use a female-centric approach to treat many mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, coping skills, and overall quality of life.
We also work to identify distortions in thinking, face fears instead of avoiding them, and cultivate more independence and resiliency in handling emotional and psychological challenges. My process for women’s wellness therapy includes:
- Thorough initial assessments
- Development of customized treatment plans
- A collaborative approach
- Consultations with other health care providers as appropriate
- Strategies to boost self-acceptance, stay true to values, integrate work and personal life, and set healthy boundaries.
I know how hard it is to balance so many roles. Not to mention, our culture has many systems in place that make it harder for women, in everything from workplace inequality to politics.
With the right support, however, women can achieve a higher level of wellness. Therapy can reduce anxiety, depression, and the other issues noted above. When this happens, women see a positive shift in their marriages, friendships, careers, income, physical health, and overall well-being.