Female Therapists in 30608

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Kimberly Austin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Athens, GA 30608
I am passionate about helping individuals to transform areas of their life where they have been feeling stuck. I work with clients with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual or childhood abuse, grief, and spiritual counseling. I have a relaxed, open and collaborative style of working and connecting. I focus on understanding what has affected your life and the resulting emotions. Our focus together is to clear negative thinking and beliefs to shift the way you experience life in a way that works for you.
I am passionate about helping individuals to transform areas of their life where they have been feeling stuck. I work with clients with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual or childhood abuse, grief, and spiritual counseling. I have a relaxed, open and collaborative style of working and connecting. I focus on understanding what has affected your life and the resulting emotions. Our focus together is to clear negative thinking and beliefs to shift the way you experience life in a way that works for you.
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Awareness To Wellness Counseling, Melinda Hawley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30608
Please note: Wait list is currently full; this email is best for connecting. My interactive counseling approach is informed by deep respect for individuals and their strengths. We collaborate to help you move forward on your path to growth and change. Clients find relief from anxiety, obsessive thinking, compulsive behavior, interpersonal stress, career concerns and "feeling stuck." I can help you to effectively navigate stressful transitions. Specialties include trauma, PTSD and C-PTSD, stress, attachment, couple/partner interaction/communication, family-of-origin issues (including substance abuse-related), and work challenges.
Please note: Wait list is currently full; this email is best for connecting. My interactive counseling approach is informed by deep respect for individuals and their strengths. We collaborate to help you move forward on your path to growth and change. Clients find relief from anxiety, obsessive thinking, compulsive behavior, interpersonal stress, career concerns and "feeling stuck." I can help you to effectively navigate stressful transitions. Specialties include trauma, PTSD and C-PTSD, stress, attachment, couple/partner interaction/communication, family-of-origin issues (including substance abuse-related), and work challenges.
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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.