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Psychodynamic feminism is an approach through which psychologists address intrapsychic distress, power differentials, and systemic injustices, both within the therapeutic dyad and on an institutional level. At its core, it is a therapy that has its philosophical roots in the second and third waves of feminism in the United States and in psychoanalysis; as such, it is a therapy that seeks to articulate the unique experiences of an individual while at the same time contextualizing those experiences within a sociopolitical, cultural, and economic framework. Not simply a treatment for women, it has evolved since its inception in the late 1960s to be a theoretical and clinical approach that addresses sexism, heterosexism, ableism, racism, classism, and other injustices based on power differentials. This entry reviews the ...

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