Women Issues

Women’s issues

As a woman living in the 21st century, I can certainly appreciate the subtle and complex needs of women.

It is at times confronting to consider what many of us will experience in our life-time due to our gender. In Australia, census data shows that since the age of 15, one in four women will have experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member and one in five women will have experienced sexual violence (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2023a). 

It is not just in the domain of violence that women encounter unique barriers in our day-to-day life. The pursuit of social and political equality is one that we must continually work for, and that can feel incredibly exhausting and frustrating. It can be demeaning and demoralising not feeling heard, regardless of whether it be in the workplace, at home, in public or online. Though society has made leaps and bounds for women’s rights in recent decades, and when we look back in the centuries passed, the change is even more apparent. That being said, there is still significant progress to be made, as there still lingers the dark shadow of what once defined and controlled women, which can unfortunately have a significantly negative impact on many aspects of our lives. Many women today live in a world with double standards and expectations that are not fair or reasonable. Outdated views and traditions around expectations regarding parenting and motherhood can interrupt the pursuit passions and goals. Wage discrepancies in Australia still show a gender pay gap of between 8.8% and 27.5%, with women estimated to participate in 70% of housework and estimated to spend over an hour more of their time participating in childcare activities (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2023b).  

On top of this, women will encounter significant physical changes within our bodies over the course of our lives. Puberty, pregnancy (and related reproductive experiences), childbirth and menopause can cause havoc on our mental health. 

With all this, it’s no surprise that anxiety is present almost twice as often in women than men (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022) and no wonder women often come to me feeling exhausted, disappointed, and unhappy.

 Although these statistics can feel daunting, it’s still fabulous to be a woman! Don’t be discouraged – being a woman is amazing. Sometimes, we just need a little help to remember it. That is where I come in. At Plenish, we are happy to work with women’s issues including general health, mothering/parenting, relationships, fertility, life-transitions, family, loss, burnout and hormonal changes as well as general mental well-being. My primary goal when assisting women is to help them thrive, not just survive. Whether that be with counselling sessions focusing on specific issues you may be encountering or through the wellness retreats that explore the power of quality connections and celebratory living, we have an arsenal of strategies to help you to manage the challenges that being female brings and to flourish with empowerment and joy in spite of them. 

If you are experiencing concerns and struggles in your everyday life, have recently experienced trauma or grief, or just feel that there is room for improvement for your mental health, private one-on-one counselling may be the perfect way to delve into these issues and make guided steps towards a happier and healthier mind. At Plenish our experienced team is trained in numerous therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Counselling, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Gestalt Therapy; just to name a few. If you’d like to know more about the major psychotherapies associated with counselling, Click Here.

If you are looking for a more holistic approach, then perhaps our retreats are the option for you. Aimed at fostering a happier and more fulfilling life, our retreats are the perfect way to reflect and celebrate the wonder of life, including the power of womanhood. The retreats involve deep self-reflection, courage and effort and targets key obstacles getting in the way of you living your finest life. 

 

 

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2023a, March 15). Personal Safety, Australia. ABS. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/crime-and-justice/personal-safety-australia/latest-release

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2023b, August 17). Gender indicators. ABS. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/people-and-communities/gender-indicators#gender-pay-gap-measures

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2022, July 22). National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing. ABS. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/people-and-communities/gender-indicators#gender-pay-gap-measures

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