Female Therapists in 01506

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Karen Ann Gemboski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Brookfield, MA 01506
Currently in my practice I use an evidenced based type of therapy that has been embraced for years. Compassion based therapy provides the client with a total acceptance and validation for their well being. People who experience them may struggle to feel relieved, reassured or safe. Research suggests that a specialized affect regulation system (or systems) underpins feelings of reassurance, safeness and well being. It is believed to have evolved with attachment and in particular, the ability to register and respond with calming and a sense of well being to being cared for.
Currently in my practice I use an evidenced based type of therapy that has been embraced for years. Compassion based therapy provides the client with a total acceptance and validation for their well being. People who experience them may struggle to feel relieved, reassured or safe. Research suggests that a specialized affect regulation system (or systems) underpins feelings of reassurance, safeness and well being. It is believed to have evolved with attachment and in particular, the ability to register and respond with calming and a sense of well being to being cared for.
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Photo of Joy Cook, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 01506, MA
Joy Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Brookfield, MA 01506
Not accepting new clients
I am a skilled clinician with nearly two decades of experience working with children, teens and adults. At the center of my work, is a focus on nurturing self-awareness, self-compassion and self-regulation, which I believe are gifts we all possess, regardless of age. I place a strong emphasis on meeting you where you’re at, letting therapy be a process that is on your terms. I invite you to engage in open communication by using curious inquiry and reflective listening. In doing so I offer you, and your loved ones if they’re involved, the time and space to safely explore beliefs and learned behavior that may no longer serve you.
I am a skilled clinician with nearly two decades of experience working with children, teens and adults. At the center of my work, is a focus on nurturing self-awareness, self-compassion and self-regulation, which I believe are gifts we all possess, regardless of age. I place a strong emphasis on meeting you where you’re at, letting therapy be a process that is on your terms. I invite you to engage in open communication by using curious inquiry and reflective listening. In doing so I offer you, and your loved ones if they’re involved, the time and space to safely explore beliefs and learned behavior that may no longer serve you.
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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.