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Giving Your Male Clients What They Need the Most

Why Therapy is a Lion's Den of Shame and Humiliation for Many Men

Robert Garfield • 9/30/2016

By Robert Garfield - We’ve found that groups are particularly appealing for men who experience traditional individual or couples approaches as being too alien or off-putting. There’s something comforting about being part of a group of guys dealing with similar issues, who are there to ask for and give support to each other. For men who still consider entering couples therapy a stroll into a lion’s den of shame, humiliation and failure, a men’s groups can be both a crucial source of support and a kick in the pants.

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Creating a Safe Space for Men in Therapy

Using a Men's Group Therapy Model to Cultivate Emotional Intimacy

Robert Garfield • 8/19/2015

I have been running therapeutic men’s groups---we call them “friendship labs”---for the past 18 years. We’ve found that groups are particularly appealing for men who experience traditional individual or couples approaches as being too alien or off-putting. There’s something comforting about being part of a group of guys dealing with similar issues, who are there to ask for and give support to each other. This seems to echo Henry Ford’s praise for close male relationships: “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

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Using Men’s Groups to Enhance Couples Therapy: Men Helping Men

Robert Garfield • 5/1/2012

For men who still consider entering couples therapy a stroll into a lion’s den of shame, humiliation and failure, a men’s groups can be both a crucial source of support and a kick in the pants.

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Giving Your Male Clients What They Need the Most

Why Therapy is a Lion's Den of Shame and Humiliation for Many Men

Robert Garfield • 9/30/2016

By Robert Garfield - We’ve found that groups are particularly appealing for men who experience traditional individual or couples approaches as being too alien or off-putting. There’s something comforting about being part of a group of guys dealing with similar issues, who are there to ask for and give support to each other. For men who still consider entering couples therapy a stroll into a lion’s den of shame, humiliation and failure, a men’s groups can be both a crucial source of support and a kick in the pants.

Daily Blog

Creating a Safe Space for Men in Therapy

Using a Men's Group Therapy Model to Cultivate Emotional Intimacy

Robert Garfield • 8/19/2015

I have been running therapeutic men’s groups---we call them “friendship labs”---for the past 18 years. We’ve found that groups are particularly appealing for men who experience traditional individual or couples approaches as being too alien or off-putting. There’s something comforting about being part of a group of guys dealing with similar issues, who are there to ask for and give support to each other. This seems to echo Henry Ford’s praise for close male relationships: “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

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Case Study

Using Men’s Groups to Enhance Couples Therapy: Men Helping Men

Robert Garfield • 5/1/2012

For men who still consider entering couples therapy a stroll into a lion’s den of shame, humiliation and failure, a men’s groups can be both a crucial source of support and a kick in the pants.

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Robert Garfield, M.D., codirects family therapy training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He's written and presented extensively on men's issues. His forthcoming book is Inside the Friendship Lab.