Center for the Psychology of Women was founded in 2008 by Jessica Cashman.

jessica-cashman-3My mother was a feminist out of need and desperation. She had no other options. She was not part of any movement. She couldn’t tell you about the ERA, burning bras, or what any of the waves of feminism meant. She was a single mom with two young daughters who had a difficult time getting approved for a home loan, not because she didn’t have a job, but because she didn’t have a husband. My mother was an “angry” feminist. I saw my mother’s struggles affect her on deep psychological and emotional levels. As a reaction to the challenges she faced, my mother pushed education, financial security, and self-reliance over a June Cleaver-esque existence for her daughters.

Feminism was bred into me out of a necessity to survive. While my mother’s hardships informed her feminist style of parenting, there was no protecting me from the gender-based injustices that I would end up facing in my own life. From childhood on, I began to experience and understand that all women struggle and feel defenseless in unique but similar ways. All women have, will, or know someone who has faced domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, eating disorders, addiction and self harm, low self-worth, low self-esteem, and low self-confidence. If you asked a roomful of women if they know of someone who has been sexually assaulted, I can guarantee that every hand in the room would be raised. The Center for the Psychology of Women was born out of the realization that I was not alone in my struggle.

Women need their own psychology. Women have different stresses placed upon us by ourselves and by our culture. I created the Center for the Psychology of Women as a safe space where women can engage in honest dialogue and define for themselves what mental health looks like. At its core, the Center is built on the vision of a supportive community for women, by women, and about women.

Jessica Cashman, MA, MFT
{ Founder and Psychotherapist }

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