NP0020 Men in Therapy: What Clinicians Need to Know

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Male-Friendly Psychotherapy with Pat Love


Men in Therapy: NP0020--Session 1

Welcome to “Men in Therapy: What Clinicians Need to Know.” In this series, leading innovators in the field will delve into the latest research on gender differences and discuss practical ways to make therapy more inviting and helpful for male clients.

In this first session with couples and family specialist Pat Love, you’ll discover how to work with men in therapy by appealing to their logical side with fact-based, practical approaches. You’ll learn how applying brain science to gender differences can open up resistant male clients, and help opposite-sex partners better understand each other’s world.

After you hear this presentation, please take a few minutes to comment about what you found most interesting or relevant. These comment boards will be a valuable way to share your thoughts, opinions, and questions throughout the series. If you ever have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org and our Support Team will help you.

06.05.2012   Posted In: NP0020 Men in Therapy: What Clinicians Need to Know   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • -0.3 avatar Jane Fox 06.06.2012 19:07
    Wow, Pat and Richard, this was fantastic. Where would I go to learn more of the research on narcissism? On gender science? Thank you for this class, Jane Fox, LCSW
  • 0 avatar Al Bright 06.08.2012 00:13
    I knew it!! This estrogen dominant male therapist now has an "official" classification other than "rather unusual"; "strange" and/or "very different".
    Thank you Pat for encouraging me to go back into practice and maybe specializing in men's issues.

    Al Bright
  • Not available avatar smiller 06.08.2012 12:37
    Very helpful -- the estrogen-testosterone dominance continuum, 2 empathic systems, impulse to.., how to intervene with complaints -- express the desire behind the complaint (positive, measurable, specific--PMS!). I will be seeing a couple in 2 hours and will present this information to them. Am looking forward to their feedback. Thanks Pat (& Rich).
  • Not available avatar Linda 06.09.2012 19:58
    I also loved learning about the continuum model and the two "hard wired" systems. Pat, you began to talk about working with male shame. Could you say a little more about how you work in session with that? I work with men in recovery and this is a huge issue for them. Particularly if/when they relapse.

    Also thank you Networker!!!
    Linda Martin, LPC, CACII
  • Not available avatar Deb Goethe 06.10.2012 00:49
    Pat, this was an excellent presentation, and I loved your illustrations...very clear and very helpful! Richard, as always, your interviewing was top notch. Thank you both, so much!
  • Not available avatar Sneha Nikam 06.10.2012 09:05
    Really enjoyed this presentation. Very informative and clear. Thanks a lot to both Pat Ma'am and Rich Sir.
  • Not available avatar Joy Lang 06.10.2012 19:14
    Wow - what a fantastic presentation. That was incredibly helpful. Some of what you described Pat, I found myself nodding along with as I recognized both my clients and my own relationship. I'm curious about whether two estrogen dominant individuals are likely to be in a relationship and if so, are there special issues that they face?
    Thanks again for an incredibly helpful presentation. Rich - as always your interviewing was fantastic.
  • 0 avatar Sarah Chana Radcliffe 06.10.2012 22:45
    Extremely enjoyable & valuable presentation - thanks so much! I work in a very similar way and it was a great validation of the approach I take with the added bonus of hard science to back everything up. I'll be checking out the client hand-outs and other materials on your site.
  • Not available avatar John Eckenwiler 06.11.2012 09:42
    This information was sound and helpful. I did want to express a concern about using emails to summarize sessions, which was discussed at the end of the presentation. Best practices seem to unanimously suggest this can lead to a compromise in confidentiality. Any other thoughts on this would be welcomed.
  • Not available avatar Julie Tapley 06.11.2012 11:37
    Thanks Pat for the lively and informative presentation. I have often experienced the two empathic systems (mirror neuron and TPJ) at play in a couples dynamic.
  • Not available avatar Sara Schwarzbaum 06.11.2012 14:24
    This was great! Extremely helpful.
    I believe Rich said that Pat may answer some questions. If that is the case, I would like to hear or read a bit more about how Pat deals with the "hitting the wall with the narcissistic client" issue. My practice is entirely devoted to working with couples and we (my associates and I)seem to hit the wall with same. Any other tips or direction to continue the exploration on effective ways to work with that issue? I think some of this is on realizing what the limits of therapy are in terms of how much change we can expect. Thank you!
  • Not available avatar Carol McDermott 06.11.2012 19:33
    Many thanks to you and, as always, to Rich for making it happen.
    I was introduced to you when I first started practicing in 1993 and have used the comments you gave me then (about infants absorbing the fear of their mothers) in my trauma work.
    It also helped hearing from you in your nonjudgemental way that it is not necessary to baby children forever.
    Now you have again helped me with new information and validated my intuitive ways to work with couples. Today is my 52 year anniversary. My husband and I need all the help we can get to keep our marraige happy. Thanks for all you give.
  • Not available avatar Leslie Weitzel-Nicoll 06.11.2012 19:34
    Pat, you are sparkly and engaging! MNS and TPJ, loved it. Can't wait to use it. I thought of couples immediately who would enjoy this information. My husband will love me even more with my clearer understanding of "why he does what he does". Women talk to connect and Men connect to talk. Excellent. Thanks so much.
  • Not available avatar Winifred M. Reilly 06.12.2012 00:26
    Many thanks for a highly informative discussion. I particularly appreciated the "not all men/women are this way" reminder. As clinicians, while it is crucial that we understand gender differences, it's equally important that we eschew stereotypes and pay attention to the individuals before us, so as to see them as unique. Thanks again.
  • 0 avatar Bertha Alicia Alcocer 06.12.2012 00:51
    Thank you very much for sharing this information. I specially appreciate to hear about MNS and TPJ. I enjoyed this session very much
  • Not available avatar Tarla Curran 06.12.2012 00:53
    Listening to your interview with Pat Love was a real treat. At last someone who combines the rational and emotional aspects of therapy in an integrated and clinically elegant way. She not only works "directly, factually, and scientifically" but in such an honest, fearless, and engaged way that is truly inspiring. A great role model!
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