A widening gender gap -- for therapists
Is it too hard to find a male therapist?
A recent article in the New York Times suggested that only one in five new Masters Degrees in therapy are awarded to men … and that this means patients who are seeking a male perspective, or are more comfortable confiding to a man, are out of luck.
Says the times:
Some college psychology programs cannot even attract male applicants, much less students. And at many therapists’ conferences, attendees with salt-and-pepper beards wander the hallways as lonely as peaceniks at a gun fair.
The result, many therapists argue, is that the profession is at risk of losing its appeal for a large group of sufferers — most of them men — who would like to receive therapy but prefer to start with a male therapist.
Is this a real shift? Or, more to the point, is it a real problem?
If so, what’s causing it … and is there anything we can do to fix it?
Leave your ideas in the comments section below.