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Vol 18, No 2 (2021)
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Psychotherapy: method of treatment conducted by women for women? Feminization of psychotherapy

Anna Maria Sterna1, Władysław Sterna2
Psychiatria 2021;18(2):152-158.

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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