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Engaging Men in Therapy: Everything You Need to Know

Too often traditional therapy approaches just don't work with men. This webcast series offers practical guidance on how to more effectively engage male clients, while avoiding the common pitfalls that turn them off -- like expecting men to behave like women. From some of the field's foremost innovators you'll learn how to best handle classic male defenses, explore covert issues of anger and shame, challenge male taboos about the expression of vulnerability, translate gender differences for couples in conflict, and encourage men to risk intimacy in relationships.

Join Pat Love, Terry Real, David Wexler, Esther Perel, Patrick Dougherty, and Holly Sweet.

You'll learn how to:
  • Avoid the trap of treating men like women in the consulting room
  • Enhance men's capacity for empathy and connectedness
  • Gain leverage with resistant male clients by "joining with the truth"
  • Address taboo issues of shame and emotional avoidance
  • Explore the myth-laden issue of male sexuality
  • Use mind/body/spirit methods that encourage men to experience intimacy
  • Identify distinctive features of male depression and how to best address them

Learn How To Engage Men In Therapy and Build Their Capacity For Intimacy

Session 1

Male-Friendly Psychotherapy

Pat Love

Pat Love, Ed.D.

Increase your effectiveness by applying the science of gender differences and learning about:

  • The testosterone vs. estrogen-dominant brain
  • Mirror neurons vs. The TPJ System
  • How to improve a marriage without talking
  • The power of “soft eyes” and a “soft voice”
  • Gender perspectives on intimacy, helpfulness, and desire

Session 2

Overcoming Resistance in Male Clients

Terry Real

Terry Real, L.I.C.S.W.

Avoid the pitfalls of traditional approaches with men, including therapeutic neutrality, and explore methods for:

  • Challenging male grandiosity
  • Achieving therapeutic leverage with men
  • Joining through the truth
  • Teaching relational mindfulness
  • Distinguishing between consciousness I vs. consciousness II

Session 3

Defusing Male Shame

David Wexler

David Wexler, Ph.D.

Learn how to more effectively join with male clients by:

  • Understanding the roots of male shame
  • Using “guy talk” and self-disclosure
  • Recognizing and counteracting “relational dread”
  • Developing skills for pacing and leading
  • Helping men transform their “story”

Session 4

Men and Sexuality: Challenging the Myths

Esther Perel

Esther Perel, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Explore new and challenging perspectives on:

  • How to talk about sex with men
  • Men’s “erotic blueprint”
  • What men seek in porn
  • Distinguishing sexuality as a “place to go” from an activity “to do”
  • Helping men articulate their need for sexual intimacy

Session 5

A Relational Approach with Men

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P.

Vitalize your connection with your male clients by learning how to:

  • Expand your therapeutic use of your voice, face, and body
  • Open your heart and take risks in the consulting room
  • Confront male narcissism
  • Mentor male clients
  • Engage men’s anger and rage

Session 6

Men and Depression

Holly Sweet

Holly Sweet, Ph.D.

Enhance your approach with men suffering from mood disorders by learning how to:

  • Recognize gender differences in depressed clients
  • Perform a depression assessment
  • Integrate psychoeducation and coaching into your work with men
  • Overcome men’s objections to medication (when it’s appropriate)
  • Address transference issues male clients experience with female therapists
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How Would You Handle These Cases?

What's Really Going On?
  • The wife-referred client who just doesn’t see a problem
  • The depressed guy who can’t find words to describe what’s wrong
  • The husband who shuts down when anybody brings up feelings
  • The guy who’s just too ashamed to talk about “it”
  • The angry man who insists he doesn’t speak “therapy”

Get Fresh Ideas for Working with these Clients and More in our “Engaging Men in Therapy” Webcast

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Here's What People Say:

What an informative and down-to-earth talk, with so many valuable tips and insights…
I put some of your ideas to work immediately and had success!

Vicki S.

I am enlightened, left wanting more. I will review this webcast again and again. So much to digest and use. Thank you so much for your time.

Leslie A.

The presentation was quite educational and full of practical down to earth "know how" on how to deal with male-shame. I found the insights and learning to be true not only in the clinical setting but also in ordinary day to day experience.

Bud C.

Thank you for teaching a very strong and empowering way to relate with clients.

Noriko S.

Our Presenters Are Leaders In The Field

Pat Love, Ed.D., is a distinguished professor, relationship consultant, and licensed marriage and family therapist. She’s the author of Hot Monogamy and The Truth About Love and the coauthor of How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.

Terry Real, L.I.C.S.W., Good Morning, America’s relationship expert, founded the Relational Life Institute. His books include The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work and the bestseller I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression.

David Wexler, Ph.D., executive director of the Relationship Training Institute, is a clinical psychologist in San Diego. He’s the author of five books, including Men in Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment and When Good Men Behave Badly.

Esther Perel, M.A., L.M.F.T., is the author of the international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. She’s the recipient of the 2009 book award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

Patrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P., has been in private practice for more than 30 years and has been studying Eastern philosophies and practices for the past 20 years. He teaches Qigong and is the author of Qigong in Psychotherapy: You Can Do So Much by Doing So Little and A Whole-Hearted Embrace.

Holly Sweet, Ph.D., is a cofounder and codirector of the Cambridge Center for Gender Relations and a lecturer at MIT. She’s received multiple honors, including MIT’s Sizer Award for the “most significant contribution to undergraduate education” in 1997.

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