Safety and trust are so sacred: a qualitative study of women clients in feminist multicultural therapy
Feminist multicultural therapy is a therapeutic approach that combines principles and practices from multicultural counseling and feminist therapy. Multicultural counseling and feminist therapy were developed in response to increasing recognition that existing therapies repeated, during counseling, oppressive patterns that existed in general society and harmed clients who were members of oppression and the effect it has on a client's well-being. They both share a goal of helping clients be better equipped to recognize and address oppression; to make empowering choices; and, when possible, to be active in making changes in society to reduce or eliminate oppression. Increasingly, feminist and multicultural counseling perspectives have informed each other, particularly where gender and racial/ethnic concerns intersect. Consistent with values that embrace the client as an expert on her or his own experiences, multicultural and feminist counseling research has been conducted to learn the client's perspective on what factors are important to her or him in therapy. This research focused on measuring the impact on counseling of factors such as multicultural competence and feminist attitudes. However, to date, little research has addressed the client's perspective with regard to the definition, processes, and outcomes of feminist multicultural therapy.