The Trouble with Power

Cindy B. Veldhuis*

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Power in therapy is an issue of great import. As feminist therapists, we work to create a relationship in which power is shared, and where mutuality is the goal. Yet denying power differentials in the therapy relationship may have deleterious consequences. Believing that we are powerless or have no power relative to others may be one of the most important issues related to harm in therapy. This article explores the ways in which a lack of recognition of power may be damaging through a discussion of womens relationship to power, power in therapy, and how denial of power may be associated with harm in therapy relationships. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678. E-mail address: <> Website: <>

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe next generation
Subtitle of host publicationThird wave feminist psychotherapy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315786131
ISBN (Print)9780789014108
StatePublished - Oct 24 2018


  • Abuse of power
  • Boundary violations
  • Feminist therapy
  • Mutuality
  • Power
  • Powerlessness
  • Therapist-client relationships
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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