Why do I specialize in Women's Mental Health?
Why do I specialize in Women’s Mental Health?
Certainly being a woman myself helps to answer this question. However, what has inspired me is the political climate that women face regarding their health care in general. Never before have women faced such challenging times to get the care that they need. This includes mental health. All across the country there are attempts by our politicians, (many of them who are male), to block women’s access to health care. I am standing strong to fight for what women want and need for themselves to live useful, independent and healthy lives without interference from anyone-whether that be her spouse, her parents, her boyfriend or her employer. A woman standing tall, stating what she needs, being able to come forward whether it is to act on a strong belief, or ask for what she wants, places a woman in control of her own destiny. Be it a woman’s right to choose, a woman deciding to leave an abusive, controlling relationship, or a woman needing help to fight her husband in a divorce, it is important that women feel empowered in their lives to stand up for themselves. I help women to communicate, to live in a proactive way, and to make their own decisions about what’s right for them.
How does this help me?
Women confront many challenges and need to learn to overcome obstacles in their lives. Why? Because this puts them in charge of caring for themselves. Caring for oneself tilts the happiness/contentment/satisfaction meter! If you have ever experienced an unintended pregnancy, a rape, or the loss of a child or pregnancy, then you know the aloneness that a woman can feel. If you have ever experienced the death of a parent or the death of a spouse, then you know the aloneness that a woman can feel. If you have ever had to go through a divorce and face being a single parent with children, then you know the aloneness that a woman can feel. If you have ever suffered harassment at work, or been the target of sexual objectification, then you know the aloneness that a woman can feel. If you have ever had to face an intoxicated husband, a husband who is having an affair, or a husband who is never home to help raise your children and support your efforts in the home, then you know the aloneness that a woman can feel.
Knowing what the next step is in these situations can be overwhelming. Feeling confident about what you want to do can be life saving. Learning what stands in the way of you taking care of yourself can be the open door. Feeling solid inside of yourself is like winning the lottery. If you face situations in which you feel dependent, alone, and fearful, then you are just one of many women needing mental health therapy to learn how to act on your strengths, make choices you can live with, and protect who you want to be in your life!womens mental health