Men in Therapy
A man faces a dilemma when he decides to enter psychotherapy, whether it is on his own or with his partner or family. Research shows that men are generally hesitant to seek counseling (Cheatham, Shelton & Ray, 1987), and when a male-female couple begins counseling, it is usually the woman who initiates the process (Silitsky, 2000). Why are men often reluctant to seek the treatment they need? Some experts theorize that problems with our culture’s socialization of men and masculinity is a key reason. Kupers (2005) identifies “toxic masculinity” – the sort of manhood typified by the need to aggressively compete and dominate others – as underlying the most problematic proclivities in men.