Healthy Relationships


Men and Group Therapy: Why Don’t Men Do As Well As Women in Mixed Gender Groups?

Men and Group Therapy: Why Don’t Men Do As Well As Women in Mixed Gender Groups?

Men tend to be suspicious of mixed gender therapy and support groups.  Is their any good reason for this?  Well some evidence shows that men tend to do badly in mixed gender groups. Take the following research by Ogrondniczuk et al. (2004) as an example.  They studied a brief psychotherapy group for people who had been recently bereaved and found the following: Women increased their adjustment to the grief by an average of 10%. 19%...

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Men’s Midlife Crisis – it’s a Woman Thing?

Men’s Midlife Crisis – it’s a Woman Thing?

As a therapist that specialises in working with men, I have attracted a certain amount of media interest. At first I was flattered by the attention, after all, it gave me the opportunity to promote my practice. Then, as a pattern emerged, I became bemused and intrigued. The issue I am most often asked to comment on is “men’s midlife crisis”. From Red magazine to BBC Radio Manchester, successions of media reporters have been interested...

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Study Shows Women are More Likely to be Violent in Relationships.

Study Shows Women are More Likely to be Violent in Relationships.

A new study from academics in Cumbria and Lancashire shows that women are more likely to resort to violence in relationships with men then the other way round. This doesn’t surprise me at all, as it is the best-kept secret in domestic violence. Of course there is a political agenda at play to demonize men and criminalize male violence.  The double standard is female violence is often condoned rather than condemned and excused rather than...

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A Polemic on Pornography.

A Polemic on Pornography.

I remember as a child being first introduced to pornography.  I was in primary school and little over nine years old.  Another boy had found a crumpled, and rain washed, image of a nude woman from a glossy magazine.  I remember the impact of the image … it left me shocked and confused.  Of course in those days (and I’m talking  the Seventies), pornography was strictly licensed and mainly consisted of women posing for the...

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Female Domestic Abuse:  Young Men Most At Risk.

Female Domestic Abuse: Young Men Most At Risk.

Domestic abuse at the hands of women is a serious, but neglected issue.  Domestic abuse does not just include physical abuse but also other non-physical forms of abuse such as bullying.  Men find it difficult to report and challenge such abuse at the hands of their partners, and perhaps as a result, it remains an issue that skims under the radar of public perception. Incredibly research by the U.K. Government shows that young men are most...

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How to Rebuild Sexual Rapport.

How to Rebuild Sexual Rapport.

It happens to even the best of relationships. The passion has slipped away. The romance has fizzled out. The intimacy has become a thing of the past. The result is that sex has been come a huge issue: by its absence. I am often asked how best to get the corks popping again in otherwise sound relationships. It’s not that these couples have fallen out of love, more they have fallen out of lust! With...

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