Title

Empowerment Feminist Therapy with Latina Immigrants: Honoring the Complexity and Socio-Cultural Contexts of Clients' Lives

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Originally Published In

Women & Therapy

Volume Number

35

Issue Number

1-2

Page Numbers

80-92

Abstract

In this article, we present how empowerment feminist therapy (EFT) can be effectively used with Latina immigrant clients. A key idea anchoring the arguments is the need for therapists to use a complex conceptual framework and a contextual perspective in understanding clients’ experiences. A brief description of the psychological stressors experienced by women immigrants from Latin America to the United States is presented. Principles of EFT are discussed with specific emphasis on how these apply to therapy with Latina immigrants. We argue that EFT can be effectively used with Latina immigrants as long as therapists take into consideration the complexity and cultural context of their lives.