Men in Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 31, 2009 - Psychology - 295 pages
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How to do better, more effective therapy with men.

Cultural norms and assumptions color the male experience of psychotherapy, and the traditional notions of masculinity to which many men still cling are, in many ways, antithetical to the tenets and goals of therapy. As a result, even the experienced therapist may find him- or herself struggling when working with male clients. In Men in Therapy, therapists are offered a number of methods for countering men’s general reluctance to open up emotionally or fully engage in therapy. Of course, men cannot be reduced to a single, monolithic group; rather, they start therapy due to a wide range of needs, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Therefore, individual chapters are devoted to the treatment of men in relationships, men suffering from depression, fathers, men who abuse women, and men of color. In each case, Wexler provides an informative overview of the issues unique to each group, sound advice, and commonsense methods for treating each of these groups effectively, nonjudgmentally, and professionally.

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David B. Wexler, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in San Diego and Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute. He trains professionals internationally in the STOP model for treating domestic violence. His previous books include Men in Therapy, Is He Depressed or What?, The Adolescent Self, and When Good Men Behave Badly.

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