1st Edition

Women and Therapy in the Last Third of Life
The Long View

ISBN 9780415852166
Published October 30, 2013 by Routledge
166 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

What is distinct about the last third of life, about women, that makes psychotherapy different? In this diverse collection, the psychological meanings and challenges of the last third of life are explored, as the capacity of the psyche expands, sense of time changes, and some questions take on new vibrance and urgency. Some chapters shine their light on women therapy clients - on their precarious sociocultural predicament in a sexist/ageist time and place, on intrapsychic changes that follow from changing bodies, relationships, involvements and emergent needs of the self. Other chapters enter the largely unexplored territory of changes in the therapy process itself - where some decide against therapy altogether, while others describe a rich revision of familiar elements of therapy, greater authentic presence, a changed standpoint on the power of the therapeutic relationship.

Standing inside the ‘‘last third’’ and looking back on their own lives, several women psychotherapists offer a rare window into their private experience across time and their perspectives on the challenges and the gifts that they, and other women, may realize in the last third of their lives as they consider who they have become, who they are, and who they can be.

This book was based on a special issue of  Women and Therapy.

Table of Contents

1. Foreword: The Long View  Valory Mitchell  2. Less Time Ahead, More Behind: Being a Psychotherapist in the Last Third of Life  Susan H. Sands  3. On Becoming an Elder: An Immigrant Latina Therapist Narrative  Yvette G. Flores  4. The Therapist at 60, The Patient at 60: Challenges for Psychotherapy  Emily Loeb  5. Aging With My Clients  Saralie Pennington  6. Finding My Professional Voice: AWoman of Color’s Professional Journey  Harriet Curtis-Boles  7. Leaving Analysis and Moving Beyond Pain  Helene Moglen and Sheila Namir  8. "Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Great Battle"  Laura Mason  9. Losing Certainty and Finding Voice: One Therapist’s Reflections on Doing Therapy in the Last Third of Life  Judith V. Jordan  10. Framing Lives: Therapy with Women of a ‘‘Certain Age’’  Mary M. Gergen  11. Reflections on Aging, Psychotherapy, and Spiritual Practice  Arlene Bermann  12. Unforeseen and Transformative: New Dimensions in the Third Quarter of My Life  Amity Pierce Buxton  13. The Therapist’s Illness As an Opportunity in the Clinical Hour  Sandrah Henry  14. Who Am I Now? Using Life Span Theories in Psychotherapy in Late Adulthood  Valory Mitchell

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Valory Mitchell is Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, San Francisco. She has been coordinator of the school's Gender Studies Emphasis Area, and Director of its Institute for the Psychology of Women. She is a Fellow at the Rockway Institute, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley. Since 1978 she has been part of a longitudinal study of the lives and development of 100 women, through UC Berkeley's Institute for Personality and Social Research, with her mentor Ravenna Helson. She is 62, and has a nineteen-year-old daughter in art school.