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Men More Willing to Try Couples Therapy When it Focuses on Results

Decades of studies show there is some truth to many of the stereotypes about men and psychotherapy: Men don’t like to talk about their emotions. They worry about controlling their anger. They resist getting help, whether it’s asking for directions or going to the doctor. Experts say the stigma against therapy is often stronger among men, and overcoming their resistance can be a critical first step in re-establishing communication. Dr. Gary Brooks, a Texas psychologist and co-author of the 2010 book “Beyond the Crisis of Masculinity,” has developed a male-friendly therapy practice called Gender-Aware Couples Therapy. This approach focuses more on practical advice and getting results, than on talking through problems.

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