ERIC Number: ED200889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Issues in Women Counseling Men: A Discussion.
Reiner, Helen D.; Lentz, Maxine E.
The issues of power and control, emotionality, style of communication, and values are related to the interactions between a woman therapist and a male client. Men have learned to function in interpersonal relationships by using control, power and competition. The unresolved issues of control and power between a therapist and client may contribute to defensiveness and an inability to communicate and disclose. Men also have difficulty in revealing weaknesses and openly expressing feelings. Differences between feminine and masculine communication styles and stereotypically masculine values may also contribute to a breakdown in the therapeutic relationship. A male may feel threatened and insecure by a competent female. The potential for effective therapy may be significantly reduced without an understanding of how male sex roles and male socialization affect the therapeutic alliance. (RC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).