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

May/June 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.

Editor's Note

September/October 2017

September/October 2017
This issue doesn’t try to resolve all the myriad challenges of couples work. Instead, it opens up a conversation about the things couples therapists rarely talk about with clients or with each other, a conversation that we need to encourage if our profession is to keep its cultural relevance.
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The Long Shadow of Patriarchy

Couples Therapy in the Age of Trump

September/October 2017
The election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of populism throughout the West were fueled by a renewed pull toward certain notions of traditional masculinity. Although therapists have remained largely silent about this revival of patriarchy in the culture, is neutrality really in the best interests of our clients?

Case Study

Doing Vulnerability: The Art of Helping Men Open Up

November/December 2017
Helping emotionally closed-off men embrace vulnerability without getting lost in shame requires not only empathy but good timing.

Editor's Note

May/June 2018

May/June 2018
Taking on the largely unnamed complexities of the #MeToo movement for men, this issue explores how therapists can help men respond to women’s experiences in healthy ways, rather than going silent, stewing in guilt, feeling helpless, or loudly protesting their own innocence.
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Silent and Confused

Opening Conversations with Men in the Wake of #MeToo

May/June 2018
Most men publicly support #MeToo, but privately—very privately, often too privately even to share with their intimate partners—some are disoriented and wrestling with questions about the changing norms that shape their relationships with women. Meanwhile, therapists are examining how to bring issues raised by this movement more directly into their clinical approaches.

The Masculinity Paradox

What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Man Today?

January/February 2019
The #MeToo movement has returned the field to many of the issues feminists raised decades ago. This time, however, there’s a new focus on avoiding us-versus-them thinking and exploring the great terra incognita of couples work—the inner world of men and their vulnerability. *Includes an interview with Esther Perel.

Working with Difficult Men

Where’s the Leverage for Change?

July/August 2019
The conflict between an older, more traditional view of masculinity and a newer, more progressive one is the underlying issue in many marriages today. Helping these couples means violating many of the fundamental principles in the traditional therapy playbook.
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