Doris Shulman Gordon oral history interview, 2015-08-03

Karuna Counseling Oral History Project
Doris Shulman Gordon oral history interview, 2015-08-03
Gordon, Doris Shulman
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Barrett, Susan
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Women psychotherapists--United States
Feminist therapy--United States
Sex therapists--United States
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, 33.79025, -84.46702
United States, Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston, 42.3600825, -71.0588801
oral histories (literary works)
In this interview, Doris Shulman Gordon begins by talking about her childhood and young adulthood, including her education and her marriage at age twenty-one. She discusses her career, including teaching math at a junior college, working as a sex educator, counseling patients at an abortion clinic, and working as a therapist. She talks about her experiences at Karuna Counseling and how they have informed her work as a therapist since. She and Susan Barrett discuss the history of Karuna and other women who have worked there.
Established in 1974, the original mission of Karuna Counseling was to provide high quality, compassionate care for women. Over the years the practice has grown, developed and expanded its focus, and it now provides holistic psychotherapy services to men, women, adolescents, families, couples, businesses, and organizations in the Atlanta, Ga. area. The Karuna Counseling Oral History Project aims to document the history of the counseling practice through peer interviews with its therapists.
Doris Shulman Gordon was born in New Brunswick, N.J. Her parents are both the children of Russian Jewish immigrants. Gordon attended college at the University of Cincinnati and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She married soon after graduating college and moved with her husband to Boston, where she taught at a junior college and later earned a master's degree in counseling at Boston University. She and her husband moved to Atlanta in the early 1970s, and Gordon got a job as a sex educator at the Gwinnett County health department. She later became director of counseling at an Atlanta abortion clinic; Gordon's experience at the clinic convinced her to become a therapist, and she went back to graduate school at Georgia State University. She co-founded Karuna Counseling with several colleagues in 1974. Since leaving Karuna, Gordon has practiced privately as a therapist.
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Gordon, Doris Shulman, interviewed by Susan Barrett, August 3, 2015, Karuna Counseling Oral History Project, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University.
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Georgia State University. Special Collections