Womencare unequivocally stands against the violence, oppression, and injustice perpetrated on Black and Brown people by White individuals and institutions.  The intergenerational infliction of trauma continues to do harm.  Racism kills. Racism kills by unequal access to health care, by unclean water, air and soil, and by the systems of oppression designed to keep Black and Brown people down.   Read more.
Regarding COVID-19: Womencare recognizes the many difficult, traumatic and compromising impacts of the coronavirus on our individual lives, relationships, sense of security and mental health and well-being.  We are currently providing secure teletherapy, easily accessed from your home.  We welcome your call.  Read more.
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Specializing in the relational treatment of trauma, Womencare Counseling & Training Center offers individual, relationship and family counseling aimed at restoring life’s meaning and the capacity to form healthy relationships.

Womencare, founded by Laurie Kahn in 1978, is committed to encouraging and sustaining healthy relationships with self, others, family and community.  Collaboration, mutuality and careful pacing are key to our relational approach.  We welcome people of all races, ethnic groups, religions, genders, sexual orientations and abilities.*

*Womencare is located in an ADA accessible building.

“Trauma is hard to speak and hard to hear. But, stories unshared don’t disappear; they return in relationships silently taking prisoners. Telling your story to a compassionate witness, in contrast, can be healing.”

-Laurie Kahn


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"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." -- Maya Angelou

To inspire children with the true stories of courageous women who stood up for themselves and all women, we highly recommend "Susan B. Anthony: Her Fight for Equal Rights" for ages 4 to 7 (www.amightygirl.com/susan-b-anthony-her-fight), "Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights" for ages 7 to 10 (www.amightygirl.com/malala-my-story), "How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea" for ages 7 to 12 (www.amightygirl.com/how-women-won-the-vote), and "Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter For Justice" for ages 10 and up (www.amightygirl.com/eleanor-roosevelt-fighter-for-justice)

For more books for children and teens about trailblazing women who took a stand, check out our blog post "50 Books About Women Who Fought for Change" at www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=14364

For a youth-friendly introduction to Maya Angelou's extraordinary work, we highly recommend “Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou” for readers 8 to 15 at www.amightygirl.com/poetry-maya-angelou -- or you can introduce young people to this masterful poet and author with the stunning new book "Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People" for ages 9 to 12 at www.amightygirl.com/rise-poet-of-the-people
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The renowned actor Patrick Stewart has been a longtime outspoken advocate for survivors of domestic violence. He grew up in a home where his mother suffered frequent abuse from his father and has called violence against women the "single greatest human rights violation of our generation." Stewart has also called on other men to speak out on violence against women, saying: "Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine - and change - the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same."

"The work that I do in campaigns about violence towards women, particularly domestic violence, is something that grew out of my own childhood experience," Stewart said in a speech where he talked about his work with organizations that support survivors of domestic violence, including the UK-based group Refuge. "I do what I do in my mother's name, because I couldn't help her then. Now I can." He also added he had recently learned that his father suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to WWII-related combat. After this discovery, he began to work with Combat Stress, an organization that helps combat veterans deal with their experiences in a healthy, non-abusive manner.

For two excellent resources for tweens and teens struggling with anger issues, we highly recommend "What to Do When Your Temper Flares" for ages 6 to 12 (www.amightygirl.com/when-your-temper-flares) and "The Anger Workbook for Teens" for ages 13 and up (www.amightygirl.com/the-anger-workbook-for-teens)

For an invaluable book for adults about the early warning signs of abusive relationships, myths about abusive personalities, and how to get help, we also recommend "Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men" at amzn.to/2g1f8gk

To help your Mighty Girl learn how to build supportive, mutually respectful relationships, there is an excellent guide that provides foundational advice on approaching relationships in a healthy manner, "A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys," for girls 9 to 13 at www.amightygirl.com/a-smart-girl-s-guide-to-boys

For LQBTQ youth seeking relationship guidance, we recommend "Queer" for ages 13 and up at www.amightygirl.com/queer

For stories of girls and women experiencing and overcoming abuse and violence in their lives -- which offer a helpful way to talk to young people about the widespread problem of violence against women -- visit our “Abuse & Violence" book section at amgrl.co/2BFzFSf

And, if you’re a parent concerned that your daughter may be in an unhealthy relationship, check out the books “But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Relationships” (www.amightygirl.com/but-i-love-him) and “Saving Beauty From The Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship” (www.amightygirl.com/saving-beauty-from-the-beast)
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