Meet Seattle Feminist Therapist Kristen Martinez, MEd/EdS, LMHCA, NCC
You may be feeling as if your self-worth and self-esteem as a woman is contingent on how much you weigh or how conventionally attractive men find you. You have so much potential, so much going for you, but you aren’t being seen for who you really are. Perhaps you’re feeling depressed or anxious, internalizing all the hurt you’re going through so that you don’t burden anyone else in your life. Stop apologizing for what you want and need. Know that you do have worth, you are not a burden, and there is hope for you.
The fact that one of my specialties is women’s issues may seem like a no-brainer – I am a woman, after all. But it goes a bit deeper than that. Just because I am a woman doesn’t mean I automatically understand women’s issues. Some women may be “male-identified”; they may not see as clearly (or completely ignore) how much gender actually seeks to define what we can be in this world.
Beneath my passion for LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender +) rights lies a foundation rooted in feminism and gender issues. Of course, a major reason why LGBT+ people are oppressed in our society is because they don’t fit into our strict gender roles – they don’t act like a “typical” (read: straight, cisgender) girl or boy, woman or man. The fact is, these strict gender roles can – and do – hurt absolutely everyone, whether you identify as LGBT+ or not. All women have to deal with these constricting ideals placed on us, no matter our sexual orientations or gender presentations. If you are a transgender woman, you know the bar is set very, very (impossibly) high for you. And, if you are a woman of color, you have these constricting gender ideals and plenty more issues to deal with on a daily basis.
As a therapist, I am dedicated to highlighting the variable of gender and its meanings in social and cultural discourse. Gender is linked to power and privilege, differential treatment and rights. Illuminating gender helps people to understand the force it plays in our lives, and shows that we can change the power it has over all of us. If you’re interested, here’s my take on feminist therapy and a feminist critique of gender inequality in a classic film.
I am committed to a vision of the world in which gender is understood by all as existing on a spectrum; a liberating vision, as it will further every person’s rights to feel, think, and behave in ways they want, regardless of what that means about their gender presentation or identity.
If you’re interested in working with me, you can find out more about me; I also offer free consultations.
Contact Me: email@example.com or (253) 237-6237