The scope of ‘women’s issues’ in counseling is an ever-evolving landscape. Recent events such as the reversal of Roe v. Wade and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women serve as powerful reminders of the necessity of this focus while underscoring a deep-rooted history of oppressive patriarchal structures. Therefore, counselors must remain informed of the unique considerations surrounding adult women in counseling and acquire proficiency in versatile techniques to meet this population’s nuanced needs. This article examines the complexity of contemporary womanhood and explores the fundamentals of Feminist Counseling Theory (FCT), a holistic, multiculturally conscious, social justice theory in counseling. It further illustrates the benefits of FCT as a foundational framework supportive of various women’s concerns and demonstrates how the integration of FCT into counseling settings will enrich the counselor-client relationship and allow for improved outcomes.

Author ORCID Identifier

Kristen M. Toole - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3526-1505