This ground-breaking book presents multifaceted perspectives to examine assumptions about gender, intersecting identities, and power that impact women’s experience as group psychotherapy leaders, mentors, and educators.

Leaders in the field discuss the theories, training, personal experience, mentorship, and clinical work that empower women group psychotherapists beyond the limits of traditional technique and practice. Chapters boldly investigate theoretical, cultural, and personal paradigms, and explore themes of intersectionality, gender-role identity, and hidden bias. The authors challenge embedded societal norms to encourage deeper gender and cultural intelligence in group psychotherapy leadership.

This text provides guidance and clinical wisdom that will inspire, scaffold, and embolden contemporary group psychotherapy leadership.

chapter 2|15 pages

Spirituality and Struggle as Sources of Strength and Power for African American Women

Implications for Group Therapy Leadership

chapter 3|19 pages


Queer Theory's Contribution to Modern Analytic Groups

chapter 4|15 pages

Training Elastigirl

Developing Strength and Flexibility in Female Group Psychotherapists

chapter 5|15 pages

A Very Civilized Tea Party

A Leader's Resistance to Aggression in a Women's Group

chapter 6|11 pages

From Chrysalis to Butterfly

Women Leading Women from Silence to Power

chapter 7|15 pages

Redefining Female Power

The Myth of the Selfless Therapist

chapter 8|15 pages

Cinderella, the Wicked Queen, and Glinda Walk into a Group

Countertransference Resistance and the Female Group Leader

chapter 10|17 pages

Women Sharing the Power Seat

Equity and Equanimity in Co-Leading Groups

chapter 11|14 pages

Brown, Barriered, Bold

One Therapist's Story of Leadership

chapter 12|15 pages

Vulnerability and Violence

Female Group Leadership, the Social Unconscious, and the #MeToo Movement

chapter 14|18 pages

Currents of Countertransference

Rage, Shame, and Wise-Mind Group Leadership

chapter 15|17 pages

Donning the (Super[-Marginalized] Woman) Cape

Facilitating Group as a BIPOC Woman

chapter 16|18 pages

Systems-Centered 1 Training for Group Leaders

Weakening Social Survivor Roles that Undermine Women (and Men) in Leadership

chapter 17|15 pages

“You're Not What I Expected”

Addressing the Unsaid as an Asian American Female Group Therapist

chapter 18|18 pages

Courage to Lead

The Shadow of Racism on Women of Color Leading Psychotherapy Groups