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NP0020 Men in Therapy: What Clinicians Need to Know
Defusing Male Shame with David Wexler
Dr. Wexler's presentation together with how Rich facilitated it 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. I appreciate a lot the personal story that Dr. Wexler shared when he and his wife went on a vacation, I think in Paris, with him discovering how anyone despite a lot of training and knowledge in this area could still fall prey to our world views and personal appraisals of what is happening around us.
What struck me the most is the "validation" that we as therapist need to provide in order to provide the right atmosphere and help which our male clients need. I find this to be very helpful and true as well personally. I think much of the training and supervision out there is too focused on symptomatology and case management and less on the essential things that really help and make a difference. It was also very enlightening for me to hear about the concept of "mirroring" which I immediately connected to the concept of "mirror neurons" in neuroscience. I absolutely have no doubt that attention to this concept and dynamic should be emphasized to every therapist as it is foundational on how we learn and ultimately make a difference. It reminded me of how true the saying of confucius is, "do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you" as truly we mirror what we see outside of ourselves and then mirror it back.
Kudos to Rich and Dr. Wexler .... more power!
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