|Story of R
R., married and mother of 3, was a client at CCW, and after Karen decided to retire, she continued her therapy digitally through Zoom. According to Karen, accommodating the conditions of therapy to the clients’ needs is one of the most important aspects of feminist therapy.
R. came to CCW because she was feeling extreme anxiety and having panic attacks. She was overweight and struggling with a compulsive eating disorder. In addition, she had a difficult family history as her mother had passed away from breast cancer and her father had died of AIDS.
When she began therapy at CCW, she was working in an abusive work environment where her two male bosses were always putting down women at the office. They frequently commented on her weight. R.’s husband was also condescending towards her, and R felt that she did not have control of anything in her life and that she ‘just wasn’t good enough’.
With the help of therapy that R. received at CCW, R began a new journey where she left the company to establish her own business. She said that this would not have happened were it not for CCW and Karen, who helped her find her strengths.
Being in therapy for many years in various places, she had mentioned to Karen
, that no one had been so supportive of her. When R. began therapy at CCW, she was paying full fee. While she continued her sessions at the Center, her husband got fired from his work. To enable her to continue therapy and change her life for the better, CCW offered her a subsidized therapy fee.
We wish Karen the best of luck with her future endeavors and there is no doubt that we will be keeping with close ties with her in the future.