Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Women psychotherapists-Psychology, Jewish psychotherapists-Psychology, Jewish women-Psychology, Jews-Identity, Antisemitism, Psychotherapy-Religious aspects-Judaism, Jewish identity, Collective trauma, Psychotherapy
This study examined the subjective identities of Jewish women psychotherapists, as well as the ways in which they give meaning to their psychotherapeutic practice. Twelve narratives by Jewish women psychotherapists were utilized as secondary data, originally published in an edited book by Greene and Brodbar (2010). The study used a Jewish feminist epistemological stance, an intersubjective understanding of the therapeutic relationship, and an interpretive (hermeneutic) phenomenological approach, which led the researcher to self-reflect over the course of the analytical process (Ginsberg, 2002; Lopez and Willis, 2004). Narratives were analyzed for recurrent themes and sub-themes (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin, 2009). Implications of results are twofold: they add to the dearth of literature centering the experiences of Jewish women, and they contribute to our understandings of how sociocultural identity shapes the clinician and the clinical encounter.
Bellman, Aviva, "Two-sided healing : an exploration of Jewish women psychotherapists' experience" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.