Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 51–63 | Cite as

Beyond the Frying Pan: Addressing Work Issues with Women in Therapy

  • Marianne McInnes Miller
  • Laura Bryan


In recent years, mental health practitioners have been exploring how women are balancing work and family. Given how this issue affects women’s experiences in the corporate world and at home, marriage and family therapists are attempting to consider this concern as they treat female clients individually and within relational systems. Few articles and studies have examined the issues female employees face in the workplace and how the issues influence the therapeutic process. In this article, the authors examine the organizational, sociological, and cultural challenges women deal with at work and apply these areas to the therapeutic context. The authors present a case study of a female client enduring a difficult work situation, discussing how to view and approach this case from a feminist family therapy perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Enrichment AssociatesLubbock
  2. 2.Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases, Department of NeuropsychiatryTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterUSA

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