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Contemporary feminist therapy draws from feminism as a concept, movement, and theory by examining and addressing power hierarchies in society that disempower individuals and groups. Conceptually, feminism is a belief in the equality of women and men on social, economic, and political levels. This conceptual understanding of feminism was later expanded to include actions aimed at advocating and promoting gender equality, which marked the beginning of many contemporary feminist movements and a burgeoning body of scholarship that focused on feminist theory and practice. Today, the number of mental health professionals who utilize feminist therapy is growing and expanding across geographic borders to international locales.

Historical Context

The “herstory” of contemporary feminist therapy is rooted in the women’s movement of the 1960s. During this time, women (mostly white ...

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