Women

The Surrogacy Partnership

Navigating a Complicated, Intimate Arrangement

Building a trusting relationship with a surrogate requires a wide array of interpersonal and self-regulation skills— and can be the ultimate exercise in... Read more

Countering the Mommy Brain Stigma

The Benefits of Maternal Neuroplasticity at Work

Rather than a deficiency, “mommy brain” is an asset—and therapists can help their clients embrace it in the workplace. Read more

Celebrating Black Sisterhood

The Power of Healing in Community

Forming strong connections with others is not only integral to our development as humans, it’s connected to our very survival. For Black women, this is... Read more

An Iranian-American therapist speaks to how the mix of grief, anger, and a new insistence on change in her former homeland, could be affecting clients. Read more

Supporting Women's Voices

Carol Gilligan on Today's Patriarchy

More than 50 years after feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan's pivotal study on how women think about the choices in their lives, she speaks up about our... Read more

Love Is An Action Verb

The Body Work of Mothering
Angela Garbes

Before we learn verbal language, we communicate through our bodies, making mothering a physical act of love. Read more

The Postpartum Experience

What Therapists Need to Know

Many therapists don't realize that treating depression or anxiety generally isn't the same as treating these mood disorders in the perinatal period. Read more

Taking the Podium

The Growing Influence of Women in Psychotherapy

Despite an increasing diversity in race and ethnicity, the psychotherapy field is primarily filled with women—a reversal that's taken place over the last 50... Read more

Embracing Gender-Pleasure

How to Feel Yummy in Our Bodies

For trans folks, attuning to gender-pleasure allows them to resist harmful cultural scripts—but it can be a radical act of resistance for cis folks too. Read more

Daring to Dance

How Can We Help Women Take Pleasure?

Pleasure-taking connects women to their bodies, roots them in the present, and fosters resilience. What could be blocking today's women from such a seemingly... Read more

Fair Play at Home

Are Women Still Carrying the Heavier Load?

Eve Rodsky is on a mission: to rebalance the "mental load" that many women still unfairly shoulder in domestic life, affecting their physical health... Read more

Many sociologists are calling it “the female happiness paradox,” arguing that greater opportunities for work have meant that women’s workloads—as... Read more

Symposium Highlight May 6, 2019

Flourishing as We Age

Highlights from Symposium 2019

Mary Pipher, author of the classic Reviving Ophelia and nine subsequent books, was this year’s recipient of the Networker’s Lifetime Achievement Award for... Read more

Taking on the largely unnamed complexities of the #MeToo movement for men, this issue explores how therapists can help men respond to women’s experiences in... Read more

A New Stretch of the River

Navigating Life’s Final Stages

As we age, our bodies and relationships change, and the pace of change accelerates. At 70, we’re unlikely to be able to function as we did in our 50s. We... Read more

When Therapy Takes a Personal Toll

A Therapist Working with Abusers Reaches a Crossroads
Michelle Cacho-Negrette

I made my first appointment with Gloria one autumn afternoon. I needed a still point, a peaceful promontory in the ocean of loud, unrepentant excuses I heard... Read more

Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures... Read more

VIDEO: Social Conditioning, Or Are We Just Born That Way?

The Neuroscience Behind Primary Gender Traits

Louann Brizendine talks about one of the key neurobiological distinctions between the sexes: the need to reproduce vs. the need to nurture the helpless. Read more

Male-Friendly Psychotherapy

How Brain Science Illuminates Gender Differences

Pat Love explains how the brain engages and reflects with the emotional state of others and why it comes down to gender. Read more

Open Book May 1, 2011

The Most Famous Book Never Read

What Makes the Feminine Mystique so Special?

Nearly 50 years after its publication, a look at the shortcomings and enduring power of one of the most influential books of our time.  Read more

Point of View January 1, 2011

Whatever Became of Feminism?

Harriet Lerner on the Legacy of the Women's Movement

Psychologist and bestselling author Harriet Lerner speaks about her body of work and addresses the question of the continuing impact of feminism on... Read more