Psychological Practice with Girls and Women

Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Last Updated: March 14, 2022


Psychologists recognize girls’ and women’s strengths and resilience and work to honor and cultivate these.

Psychologists strive to be aware that girls and women form their identities in contexts with multiple, contradictory, and changing messages about what it means to be female.

Psychologists strive to recognize, understand, and use information about structural discrimination and legacies of oppression that continue to impact the lives and psychological well-being of girls and women.

Psychologists are encouraged to use interventions and approaches with girls and women that are affirmative, developmentally appropriate, gender and culturally relevant, and effective.

Psychologists are encouraged to reflect on their experiences with gender and on how their attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about gender, and the way gender intersects with other identities, may affect their practice with girls and women.

Psychologists strive to foster therapeutic practice that promotes agency, critical consciousness, and expanded choices for girls and women.

Psychologists strive to assign diagnoses to girls and women only if and when diagnosis is necessary, use unbiased assessment tools, and bring to bear an understanding of the history of misuses and gender biases and diagnoses and assessment.

Psychologists strive to understand girls and women in their sociopolitical and geopolitical contexts.

Psychologists strive to be knowledgeable about, use, and provide support for relevant mental health, education, and community resources and, when indicated, folk, indigenous, and complementary or alternative forms of healing for girls and women.

Psychologists engage in work to change hostile environments and institutional, systemic, and global discrimination that interfere with the health and well-being of girls and women.

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Psychological Practice with Girls and Women

Authoring Organizations

Publication Month/Year

February 1, 2018

Last Updated Month/Year

August 7, 2023

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

Assist psychologists in the provision of gender-sensitive, culturally competent, and developmentally appropriate psychological practice with girls and women across the lifespan from all social classes, ethnic and racial groups, sexual orientations, abilities and disabilities, and other diversity statuses in the U.S. and globally.

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Adolescent, Adult, Child

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, School

Intended Users

Counselor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant, psychologist


Counseling, Assessment and screening

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D008603 - Mental Health, D016387 - Women's Health


Mental health, women's health, Psychological Practice, girl's health