Statement of Belief

As therapists, we believe that:

  1. Life is a profound experience, which carries significant meaning to a woman, her family, and her community.
  2. Transition, Growth, and Change are a normal process and offer opportunities for learning.
  3. Therapists are the most appropriate providers of support for women during periods of intense transition, growth, and change.
  4. Therapeutic care empowers women to assume responsibility for their mental health.
  5. Therapeutic care takes place in partnership with women and is personalized, continuous and non-authoritarian.
  6. Therapeutic care combines art and science; it is holistic in nature, grounded in an understanding of the social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, historical, and physical experiences of women and based upon the best available evidence.
  7. Therapists have confidence and trust in, and respect for women and their capabilities to live life and learn from its lessons.
  8. The woman is the primary decision-maker in her care and she has the right to information that enhances her decision-making abilities.

As a result:

  1. Therapeutic care promotes, protects, and supports women’s rights and respects ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.
  2. Therapeutic practice promotes and advocates for non-intervention when normal life experience are presented.
  3. Therapeutic practice builds women’s self confidence in handling and developing insights from transition, growth, and change in their lives.
  4. Therapists use technology appropriately and effect referral in a timely manner when problems arise.
  5. Therapists offer anticipatory and flexible care.
  6. Therapists provide clients with appropriate information and advice in a way that promotes participation and facilitates informed decision making.
  7. Therapeutic care maintains trust and mutual respect between the therapist and the client.
  8. Therapeutic care actively promotes and protects women’s mental and emotional well-being and enhances the lives of those around her.