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Workplace Empowerment: How Therapy Can Support Professional Growth for Women

July 9, 2024

Manhattan working women looking towards therapy to empower her at work.

Work is stressful. Between back-to-back meetings, urgent tasks and never ending to-do lists, it’s easy to quickly arrive at burnout. Managing stress, balancing work and personal life and prioritizing time management are helpful aspects for professional growth. For people of color or marginalized communities, professional environments can pose even more challenges to navigate. Smiling through uncomfortable comments and microaggressions takes even more energy and can feel like a job on its own. Having a dedicated space to thoughtfully process all of your work situations and dynamics can be incredibly helpful for both your personal and professional life. If you’ve been feeling stuck, unmotivated and uninspired or find yourself scrolling through LinkedIn and playing the comparison game, then keep reading. Beginning therapy could be the push you need to take that next leap in your career!

The Landscape of Workplace Empowerment

Before delving into the role of therapy in workplace empowerment, it’s essential to understand the current landscape for women. Despite significant strides in recent years, gender disparities persist in various industries. Women continue to face challenges related to pay gaps, limited representation in leadership roles and subtle biases that can hinder career progression.

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For women of color, these workplace disparities are even more prevalent. It can become increasingly difficult to stay motivated and focused if you’re experiencing added challenges simply due to your identity. Efforts to bridge these gaps have led to the emergence of initiatives and programs aimed at empowering women and women of color in the workplace. However, the multifaceted nature of these challenges requires a nuanced approach that goes beyond traditional professional development strategies. 

The Intersection of Therapy and Professional Growth

Therapy is increasingly being recognized as a valuable resource for professional growth. The intersection between mental well-being and career success is gaining attention, and women especially stand to benefit from a holistic approach that addresses both aspects. Below are some work-related benefits that come alongside a therapy-first approach.

  • Building Resilience:
    • Therapy equips individuals with the tools to navigate challenges effectively. In a professional context, this means developing resilience—a crucial attribute for women facing unique obstacles in the workplace. Through therapy, women can explore and understand their strengths, enabling them to bounce back from setbacks and persevere in the face of adversity.
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome:
    • Imposter syndrome, a phenomenon where people doubt their accomplishments and fear being exposed as frauds, disproportionately affects women. Therapy provides a safe space to explore and challenge these self-limiting beliefs, empowering women to recognize and celebrate their achievements. 
  • Effective Communication and Assertiveness:
    • Professional success often hinges on what they say and how they say it. Therapy helps women refine their communication skills, fine-tuning the ability to express ideas, negotiate for opportunities and assertively navigate workplace dynamics. Many women have been socialized from a young age to be polite and easygoing while being labeled as bossy if they deviated from these expectations. Through therapy, women can not only become more confident decision-makers and assertive communicators but also begin to break glass ceilings.

Navigating Work-Life Integration From a Mom’s Perspective

Women often encounter the delicate balance between professional responsibilities and personal life. This only gets more intense when women become mothers. Even in heterosexual, cisgender households where Mom and Dad both work full time, Mom is still thought of as the primary caretaker due to archaic societal gender roles society adheres to. That’s a lot of pressure to put on one person and it affects career outcomes. Therapy offers a space to explore strategies for work-life integration, helping women establish boundaries, prioritize self-care and manage stress. By addressing the expectations of mothers and the emotional toll of the juggling act, therapy contributes to sustained professional growth.

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Addressing Workplace Microaggressions

Microaggressions, which are subtle discriminatory remarks or behaviors, can erode a woman’s sense of empowerment in the workplace. Microaggressions are especially prevalent with women of color. Therapy serves as a supportive environment for women to process these experiences, develop coping mechanisms and explore strategies for addressing and challenging microaggressions. By fostering resilience, therapy empowers women to navigate challenges in professional settings.

Breaking Through Barriers to Leadership

Women are still underrepresented in leadership positions, despite the progress made over the last few decades. Therapy plays a pivotal role in dismantling internal barriers that may hinder career progression. By delving into deep-seated beliefs and societal conditioning, women can challenge stereotypes, redefine leadership narratives and gain the confidence to apply to leadership roles.

The Role of Employers in Facilitating Therapy

Recognizing the relationship between mental well-being and professional growth, progressive employers are taking proactive steps to facilitate therapy for their employees. Employee assistance programs (EAPs) that include therapy services contribute not only to the well-being of individuals but also to a positive and inclusive workplace culture. Check your benefits to see if mental health care is included in your benefits package!

As organizations strive for diversity, equity and inclusion, prioritizing the mental well-being of women becomes not only a moral imperative but also a strategic investment in a more empowered and productive workforce. In embracing the synergy between therapy and professional growth, we pave the way for a future where women thrive, break through barriers and contribute their unique perspectives toward shaping a more inclusive and dynamic professional landscape. If you’re feeling like you need a little extra support to hit your next career milestone, it may be time to reach out to a mental health professional.

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Plateaus in your career can be challenging, but these struggles also offer opportunities for personal growth, self-discovery and new beginnings. By processing your current situation with self-compassion and a little help from your therapist, you can navigate these changes more effectively and emerge stronger on the other side. Next time a new chapter of your life results in feelings of anxiety, fear, confusion or shame, remember that you are the author of your own life.


At Manhattan Wellness, we understand that with all the messages we receive from the world, it can be difficult to maintain a positive narrative about ourselves. From social media, movies, and even people close to us, it can be hard to drown out the negative. So much so that our inner critic takes over and we forget to show ourselves the same compassion as others. That’s why our female therapists want to support you in building the confidence you need to reach your highest potential. Let us help you create an empowering narrative that will benefit all aspects of your life, from personal to professional. If you are interested in beginning counseling for women:

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Our therapists understand that building confidence takes time and that other issues can come up along the way. To better support you, we offer a variety of services to cater to your individual needs. The therapy services we offer are Therapy for Self Esteem, Anxiety Treatment, and therapy for dating and relationship issues. As well as therapy for college students, support for maternal mental health, body image therapy, and so much more. Are you feel like you’re not living the life you want and need to make changes? Let’s talk about it.

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