According to Patrick Dougherty, the biggest problem men have in psychotherapy isn’t that intimacy and the language of emotion is such foreign territory, but that therapists expect so little of them. In this clip, Patrick explains what he means and demonstrates how raising the bar for male clients expands their capacity for relationship and intimacy.
Patrick Dougherty has been in private practice for over 30 years. He is the author of Qigong in Psychotherapy: You Can Do So Much by Doing So Little and A Whole-Hearted Embrace. This clip is taken from her session in our men in therapy video course:
A New Blueprint for Engaging Men in Therapy
There are new approaches for engaging men in therapy—informed by neuroscience and proven effective—that can help you dramatically improve positive outcomes in your work with men and couples. Explore the latest findings on gender differences and master science-based strategies for working with men. Learn how to:
Avoid common missteps that trigger men to shut down in therapy
Gain and retain therapeutic leverage with resistant male clients
Approach the issue of male shame and defuse it effectively
Address taboo issues including sex, emotions, and fear of intimacy
Expand the therapeutic use of your voice, face, and body to strengthen connection with male clients
Engage men’s emotions—including fear and rage—as part of healing
Enhance men's capacity for empathy, connectedness, and intimacy
Recognize distinctive features of male depression and integrate education and coaching into your treatment
Recognize and address transference issues that male clients experience with female therapists
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