Criticism Of Feminist Therapy
Feminist therapy began to take its course in the 1980s. It is a diverse therapy because it does not focus on just one type of problem but on a variety. It includes multiple types of feminism—liberal, cultural, radical, socialist, postmodern, women of color, lesbian, and global. This means that basically anyone of any color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation can be included in feminist therapy.
Feminist therapy is a therapy founded on “inclusion” (Corey, 2013, pg 361). It was not founded by just one person, but by a collection of practitioners. This paper will include a few who had major influence on the feminist theory. The first psychiatrist was Jean Baker Miller. Dr. Miller “made important contributions toward expanding this theory and exploring new applications to complex issues in psychotherapy and beyond, including issues of diversity, social action, and workplace change” (Corey, 2013, pg 361). Dr. Miller also had great influence …show more content…
One argument is that feminist therapists may influence their client values, particularly those who do not have an idea of their own. It is also argued that feminist therapists sometimes push the clients to a decision too quickly. Sometimes it is harder for feminist therapists to understand that some decisions can cause other difficulties that could potentially directly impact their safety. Another criticism is that because feminist therapy has such a strong idea that environmental factors can impact the clients’ problems, clients may have a hard time accepting responsibility for what their problems may have caused (Corey, 2013, pg 386). Feminist therapy also never takes a neutral stance on things. Because of this, feminist therapists need to “identify any sources of bias and work toward eliminating them” (Corey, 2013, pg 386). This is considered an ongoing process so it is hard for other models to understand the strict opinions that feminist therapy