Show no weakness: Male-friendly counsellors’ descriptions of men

Beel, Nathan ORCID: and Brownlow, Charlotte and Jeffries, Carla and du Preez, Jan ORCID: (2022) Show no weakness: Male-friendly counsellors’ descriptions of men. Australian Counselling Research Journal, 16 (1). pp. 12-22. ISSN 1832-1135


Male-friendly therapy and the theorising of men and masculinity have gradually developed and become visible over the last forty years. However, courses on this topic remain rare in professional training programs. Despite the lack of available training, some therapists advertise as specialists in working with men and presumably, have a more vital awareness of gender issues than general therapists. However, little is known about these therapists, what they understand about men, and potentially, what they might offer the research community. Given this, this research seeks to explore how contemporary Australian men’s therapists currently perceive men and their issues. Based on interviews of 15 Australian male-friendly therapists, this qualitative study developed two themes and seven subthemes. The paper recommended greater dialogue between masculinity researchers, educators, and therapists to ensure that practice and academic theorising mutually inform each other.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 03:52
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 03:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Male-friendly counselling
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520303 Counselling psychology
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities

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