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Women’s experience of power in therapy with a women therapist Ledgard, Delyse


This study addressed women's experiences of power in the therapeutic relationship. A grounded theory method of investigation was used. Eight women were interviewed who had been, or were, in therapy with a woman therapist. The interviews progressed from a generalized discussion of the therapeutic relationship and concept of power to a more detailed examination of the women's experiences of power within therapy. The results highlight the individualistic nature of the experience of power in therapy and that empowerment is achieved through a woman's self-knowledge. Disempowerment occurred when a woman's self- expression was restricted or when she felt judged and rejected by the therapist. The implications for therapists are summarized by the need for therapist's to respond to the individual needs of the women in the therapeutic process.

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