A Feminist Counseling Model Beyond the Myth of the Perpetual Child

  • Christine E. Miller


A feminist counseling model strives to empower women. Empowerment means a rediscovery of strength from within that has been lost in female socialization. A woman is socialized to be a perpetual child and the struggle for personhood is traumatic. The counselor validates and encourages a woman in her struggle to become herself. This paper presents the perpetual child myth as a major stumbling block to personal self-actualization. The feminist counseling model contains necessary techniques for moving beyond this non-productive myth.


Counseling Process Female Identity Female Client Gender Role Behavior Cyclical Bout 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine E. Miller
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  1. 1.The Matrix, Tucson Awareness House, Inc.USA

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