Sitting by the computer trying to find a therapist can be a bit overwhelming. Some people value the specific experience of the therapist, while others think that the gender of the therapist is important. In this article you can read more about reasons to choose a male therapist, and why it might be the right choice for you.
Male psychologists and men in therapy
It is no secret that there are more women in therapy than men. This may be due to the fact that women are more often in contact with their general practitioner, who is able to refer to psychological treatment.
Often, men don’t seek the necessary help when needed, the same way as women tend to. There may be a common misperception that it can be a sign of weakness to see a therapist if you are male as well. This can e.g. be a result of social norms that people have experienced growing up. But if you are experiencing psychological difficulties such as depression or anxiety, it might be time to reach out to a therapist.
Why should I choose a male therapist?
Even though most therapists in Denmark are women, a lot of people might actually prefer seeing a male psychologist or a male coach. There can be several possible reasons for this.
Firstly, it is really important that you feel safe and comfortable with your therapist. Some people would prefer a male therapist – and that’s completely okay. The important thing is that you choose a psychologist based on what you feel most comfortable with.
Secondly, you may want to seek help based on your specific challenge or issue, that e.g. could be related to gender, sexuality or other topics, that you’d perhaps find easier to talk to a male therapist about. Here, it can be nice for some to speak to a male therapist that they can mirror themselves in, and who may be able to recognize some of the problems they bring into therapy.
Lastly, you may have been in a destructive relationship to a woman, who may have hurt you; or you might have experienced physical or mental abuse in the relationship. In this case it can be reassuring to see a male coach or a male therapist, if you in some way feel alert or insecure about speaking to a female therapist.
Should I choose a male therapist at Det Sunde Sind?
Do you recognize some of the topics mentioned above, or do you just, regardless of gender, prefer a male psychologist?
Det Sunde Sind has just expanded with an empathic male psychologist. Anders has extensive experience with both individuals and couples, including psychological well-being, stress, self-criticism and challenges within relationships. In addition, he has both experience with private as well as work-related issues.
Do you wish to start a course of therapy with a male therapist? You’re welcome to contact Det Sunde Sind to find out more about how therapy might benefit you going forward.