Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in Healing

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This book describes the real-life journeys of women psychotherapists: why each woman chose this profession and what she learned about others—and most importantly, about herself—in this choice. Most critically, these women now share how they have integrated this wisdom into their everyday lives. While psychotherapists may also be authors, few write books about their journeys in the profession. Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in Healing is one of those rare books. Each contributor invites her readers onto the road...
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Overview

This book describes the real-life journeys of women psychotherapists: why each woman chose this profession and what she learned about others—and most importantly, about herself—in this choice. Most critically, these women now share how they have integrated this wisdom into their everyday lives. While psychotherapists may also be authors, few write books about their journeys in the profession. Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in Healing is one of those rare books. Each contributor invites her readers onto the road traveled by the woman who listens to others needing her help and guides them into living a more joyous, successful life, even as she moves towards greater fulfillment in her own life.
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This book has beautifully met the purpose of the editors and perhaps exceeds it.... Comas-Diaz and Weiner have contributed a rich and layered rendering of women psychotherapists' lives. Their book will be inspiring and useful for both beginning and advanced practitioners. This contribution may spark a desire for more texts about advanced development for psychotherapists and connections between spirituality and practice.
Dorothy W. Cantor
Kudos to Drs. Comas-Diaz and Weiner for having conceptualized this project and brought together 11 articulate, thoughtful psychotherapists. Their highly personalized stories of how they evolved into healers are both instructional and inspirational to women therapists at any age or level of experience. Women Psychotherapists:Journeys in Healing belongs in every woman therapist's library.
Bonnie R. Strickland
The editors have collected rich, compelling stories of the life journeys of eleven wisewomen who are noted psychotherapists and healers. Each wisewoman shares poignant and personal accounts of the influences in her life that have led to the path she has followed and the joy she feels in her current career. Each brings us a unique understanding of diverse and significant aspects of the process of psychotherapy and its relationship to healing. A treasure for the thoughtful therapist
Melba Vasquez
This treasure provides unique and invaluable views into the life experiences of a very diverse group of experienced women psychotherapists. The stunningly good anthology provides insights about how these amazing women's life circumstances contributed to their development. Mental health professionals and consumers, both women and men alike, will identify and resonate with the encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring stories of struggles and triumphs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765707871
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C. and a clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Marcella Bakur Weiner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Brooklyn and New York City. She is the author of Psychotherapy and Religion: Many Paths, One Journey.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Wisewomen-The Evolution of Female Psychotherapists Lillian Comas-Díaz Marcella Bakur Weiner xi

Chapter 1 The Birthing of a Womanist Psychologist: On Becoming a Guide to Healing and Empowerment Thema Bryant-Davis 1

Chapter 2 Hannah Krants' Conversion Janice Crawford 15

Chapter 3 As If I Had a Choice Beverly Pauman 29

Chapter 4 Psychologist by Accident, Profession by Choice: My Journey of Compassion and Service Patricia Pitta 43

Chapter 5 From Slave and Midwife: Healing in the Midst of Social Injustice Beverly Greene 57

Chapter 6 The Woman Psychotherapist: A Spiritual Perspective Marcella Bakur Weiner 73

Chapter 7 Transcultural Woman: Healing in a Strange Land Lillian Comas-Díaz 81

Chapter 8 The Delicate Art of Connection and Healing Cinzia Levaids 97

Chapter 9 Becoming a Psychotherapist: Discovering the Self amidst Cultural Shifts Pratyusha Tummala-Narra 107

Chapter 10 Unbroken Chain Carla Bradshaw 123

Chapter 11 Adversity, Healing, and the Development and Practice of a W.Psychologist Jennifer Ruff 143

Conclusion: Women of Words-Psychotherapy from a Feminine Perspective Lillian Comas-Díaz Marcella Bakur Weiner 157

Index 169

About the Contributors 173

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