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Using a Feminist Lens in Contextual Therapy *

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Abstract:

Both contextual and feminist therapy have not been given the attention they deserve in the field of MFT. We believe that not only do these approaches have undiscovered merit but also, when integrated, they provide a useful framework for conducting therapy that addresses marginalized voices and raises social consciousness. In this article, we “layer” feminist theory onto contextual therapy and argue that the constructs of contextual therapy may relate well to many women's experiences in families. We then illustrate our combined feminist-contextual therapy with two case examples. This integration broadens the scope and sensitivity of contextual therapy to address issues of gender.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1545-5300.2000.39107.x

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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