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Psychotherapy: method of treatment conducted by women for women? Feminization of psychotherapy

Anna Maria Sterna, Władysław Sterna
DOI: 10.5603/PSYCH.a2021.0002
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Psychiatria 2021;18(2):152-158.

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Vol 18, No 2 (2021)
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Published online: 2021-02-18

Abstract

There has occurred a significant change in psychotherapy for recent decades. Previously psychotherapy was mostly
defined and conducted by men, nowadays in Poland, nearly 80% of psychotherapists are women. It can be seen
as an indication of the ongoing feminization process. The authors are considering a possible impact of this change
on the image of psychotherapy as well as on the way it is conducted. The „good patient” profile is analyzed to
answer the question of whether it is becoming to be a women’s profile. Several reasons for this to occur are
discussed — differences within the socialization process, defense mechanisms, and preferences for psychotherapy
between men and women. In conclusion, a few clues for psychotherapists to consider were recommended.

Abstract

There has occurred a significant change in psychotherapy for recent decades. Previously psychotherapy was mostly
defined and conducted by men, nowadays in Poland, nearly 80% of psychotherapists are women. It can be seen
as an indication of the ongoing feminization process. The authors are considering a possible impact of this change
on the image of psychotherapy as well as on the way it is conducted. The „good patient” profile is analyzed to
answer the question of whether it is becoming to be a women’s profile. Several reasons for this to occur are
discussed — differences within the socialization process, defense mechanisms, and preferences for psychotherapy
between men and women. In conclusion, a few clues for psychotherapists to consider were recommended.

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Keywords

psychotherapy, gender, YAVIS, feminization

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Title

Psychotherapy: method of treatment conducted by women for women? Feminization of psychotherapy

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 18, No 2 (2021)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

152-158

Published online

2021-02-18

DOI

10.5603/PSYCH.a2021.0002

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Psychiatria 2021;18(2):152-158.

Keywords

psychotherapy
gender
YAVIS
feminization

Authors

Anna Maria Sterna
Władysław Sterna

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