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Therapy With Young Men

16-24 Year Olds in Treatment, 1st Edition

By Dave Verhaagen


236 pages

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Young adult men in their late teens and early twenties are statistically the least happy of any group of males surveyed. What’s more, scholarly research tells us that adolescent boys and young men have the highest rates of behavioral problems, completed suicides, and drug and alcohol problems of any demographic group. They also tend to have greater problems managing their emotions and successfully negotiating close interpersonal relationships, which makes therapy more complex and challenging. However, when done well, therapy with young men can be highly effective and quite rewarding for both the therapist and client.

In Therapy With Young Men, Verhaagen presents a comprehensive model of therapy with young men that addresses each of these concerns, beginning with the rapport and engagement process, and then moving to ways to increase motivation for changing problem behaviors and increasing adaptive skills. The book describes a wide range of novel, effective cognitive-behavioral interventions that can readily be employed in the therapeutic process.


"Drawing on more than 20,000 hours of treatment with young men, Dave Verhaagen has developed a comprehensive therapeutic strategy to engage young men – not only in therapy, but actually engage them in their own lives. This book is more than ‘useful’ – it’s vitally necessary." - Michael Kimmel, SUNY Stony Brook–New York, USA; author, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

"Therapy with Young Men is an excellent book. Dr. Verhaagen describes a wide range of effective cognitive-behavioral interventions that can be implemented with adolescents and young adults with severe behavioral problems. For clinicians who want concrete tools that they can use in their practice to lower resistance and engage out of control adolescents, this is a must read." - Scott P. Sells, author, Parenting Your Out of Control Teenager; Treating the Tough Adolescent

"[This book] targets a narrow age and gender group, and this fills a gap in many clinicians' knowledge and skills base. It is clear that Verhaagen has a vast experience of working effectively with this client group, something that he is able to share in this very readable book." -Cheryl Bailey, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, UK, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Table of Contents

The Culture of Young Men. What’s Going on Developmentally? Are Men and Women Different? Qualities of Great Therapists. Prelude to Therapy. The Tone of Therapy. Creating a Context of Change. Guiding Principles of Therapy with Young Men. Beginning Therapy. Going Deeper. Helping Identity Formation. Improving Emotional Intelligence. Working on Behavioral and Substance Problems. Improving Relationship Skills.

About the Author

David Verhaagen, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and managing partner/CEO of Southeast Psychological Services. He is a well-published author and a frequent speaker; he is also one of fewer than 100 psychologists in the US to be board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

About the Series

The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men includes books devoted to the process of helping boys and men in counseling and psychotherapy. Through his many roles as a professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, a fellow and former president of Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), and a national leader regarding the psychology of boys, men and masculinity, Dr. Mark Kiselica serves as the editor of the series, which addresses a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Counseling gay boys and men
  • Addictions counseling with boys and men
  • Helping older men
  • Couples counseling with men
  • Counseling gifted boys
  • Assisting men with the transition to fatherhood
  • Helping men with emotional intimacy
  • Counseling boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Counseling boys and men from different racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Counseling aggressive boys

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent