Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men

Insights and Innovations

Edited by Aaron B. Rochlen, Fredric E. Rabinowitz

© 2014 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men is aunique collection of personal and engaging contributions from nationally recognized scholars and clinicians with expertise in treating men. The editors have selected men’s clinicians who address areas as diverse as sexual dysfunction, male bonding over sports, father-son relationships, and counseling men in the military. Featuring a mix of clinical tips, personal anecdotes, and theoretical reframing, this book takes clinicians invested in these issues to the next level, breaking down barriers to connecting with men and getting them the help that is so often needed.


"Clinicians who struggle connecting with their seemingly closed-off, resistant male clients will benefit from this excellent resource, which is chock-full of different ways to reach men."

Ronald F. Levant, EdD, professor of psychology at the University of Akron and editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinity

"Rochlen and Rabinowitz are creative clinicians, groundbreaking scholars, and compelling storytellers. With Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men, they have assembled a no less-talented team to produce a volume both wide in scope and packed with clinical wisdom. It is sure to be a classic in the increasingly important literature on working with men."

Michael Addis, PhD, professor of psychology at Clark University and past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

"The authors provide a delightful and engaging compilation of ideas that help free mental health professionals and their practices to better serve their male clients."

Glenn E. Good, dean and professor of the College of Education at the University of Florida and editor of The New Handbook of Psychotherapy and Counseling with Men

"This engaging collection of strategies and insights bridges the ‘culture clash’ men often experience in counseling and offers clinicians a range of creative alternatives to traditional practice."

Sam V. Cochran, PhD, director of the university counseling service at the University of Iowa

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword Mark Kiselica Acknowledgements Introduction Aaron B. Rochlen Contributors Part I: Approaches: Working Therapeutically With Men in Ways That Connect Experience and Language 1. Pushing Haystacks and Cracking Steel Balls: Using Metaphor with Men Ryan A. McKelley 2. Using Humor and Story Telling in Men’s Work Chris Kilmartin 3. Approaching the Unapproachable: Therapist Self-Disclosure to De-Shame Clients David Wexler 4. Moving with Men and Their Passions: Lessons from Surfing Ryan F. Pittsinger and William Ming Liu 5. Going Deep: Using Sports to Engage Men Therapeutically Maneet Bhatia Part II: Modalities: Working With Men Utilizing Unique Therapeutic Environments and Activities 6. Innovative Group Therapy with Men Fredric E. Rabinowitz 7. Adventure Therapy with Men David E. Scheinfeld and Sam J. Buser 8. Creating Experiential Weekend Retreats for Men Matt Englar-Carlson and Mark A. Stevens 9. Getting Wired: Connecting with Men Through Technology Ryon C. McDermott, Christopher R. Smith, and Jack Y. Tsan 10. Coaching Men: A Direct Approach to Intimacy and Sexuality Jim Benson Part III: Populations: Intervening With Male Sub-Groups who Share Identities, Perspectives, and Experiences 11. A Holistic Approach to Counseling Military Men Jerry Novack and Scott Edwards 12. Working Outside the Box with Incarcerated Men Mark E. Olver and Therese Daniels 13. Making the Connection with Male Teenagers David Verhaagen 14. Navigating Multiple Identities with Gay and Bisexual Men of Color Kevin L. Nadal and David P. Rivera 15. Counseling Fathers: Opening the Door for Reflection and Growth Chen Z. Oren and Dora Chase Oren Conclusion: Breaking Barriers: Expanding the Repertoire Fredric E. Rabinowitz References Index

About the Editors

Aaron B. Rochlen, PhD, is professor and training director of the counseling psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. A licensed psychologist, he maintains a small private practice in Austin, Texas.

Fredric E. Rabinowitz, PhD, is professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands. He is the coauthor of several books, including Deepening Psychotherapy with Men and Men and Depression.

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 and former chairperson of the department of counselor education at the College of New Jersey, a 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 / Counseling