Why Empowerment Counseling? I'm glad you asked, for as a triple minority I have endured just about every "ism" there is. As a Black woman in particular I experience discrimination, both blatant and in the form of microaggressions, on a daily basis. As such, it became evident that empowerment was an integral component of cultivating a healthy sense of self!
To elaborate, consistent messages from society, the media, our employers, and etcetera that repeatedly communicate inferiority can begin to seep into the psyche and become an inherent part of our schema, thus influencing the stories we tell ourselves. These stories impact the way we feel about our self, our capabilities, and in some instances what we believe we deserve.
Consequently, I found counseling women towards empowerment to be foundational in assisting clients to advocate for their self, develop a true sense of confidence, and maintain a healthy self image.
Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that Empowerment Counseling is the cornerstone of all therapeutic services at The Institute of Intrapersonal Development.