Ruff, J. (2011). Adversity, Healing, and the Development and Practice of a Woman Psychologist. In L. Comas-Diaz & M. B. Weiner (Eds.). Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in healing. New York: Jason Aronson.
This book describes the real-life journeys of women psychotherapists: why each woman chose this profession and what she learned about others; and most importantly, about herself in this choice. Most critically, these women now share how they have integrated this wisdom into their everyday lives. While psychotherapists may also be authors, few write books about their journeys in the profession. Women Psychotherapists: Journeys in Healing is one of those rare books. Each contributor invites her readers onto the road traveled by the woman who listens to others needing her help and guides them into living a more joyous, successful life, even as she moves towards greater fulfillment in her own life.
This book reveals what makes a woman become a psychotherapist, the process of conducting psychotherapy from a female perspective, and the journey from being a woman psychotherapist to becoming a female healer. Filled with tales of wisdom, resilience, and hope, this anthology is an essential source for women psychotherapists, trainees in psychotherapy, and all those women who wish to become healers -- Melba Vasquez, PhD,. American Psychological Association President, 2011
Review: "This treasure provides unique and invaluable views into the life experiences of a very diverse group of experienced women psychotherapists. The stunningly good anthology provides insights about how these amazing women's life circumstances contributed to their development. Mental health professionals and consumers, both women and men alike, will identify and resonate with the encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring stories of struggles and triumphs." -- Melba Vasquez, PhD, American Psychological Association President, 2011