Sex Roles

, Volume 78, Issue 5–6, pp 439–450 | Cite as

Just for Women? Feminist Multicultural Therapy with Male Clients

  • Jacob Wolf
  • Elizabeth Nutt Williams
  • Megan Darby
  • Jonathan Herald
  • Catherine Schultz
Original Article


Feminist multicultural therapy is an integrative approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes a systems-level understanding of psychological distress and the process of therapeutic change. In the present exploratory study, the experiences of feminist multicultural therapists working with male clients were studied using Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) (Hill et al. 1997). Phone interviews were conducted with eight female practicing licensed or license-eligible therapists who had worked with at least one male client in the past 6 months. Consistent with the theoretical approach, all of the therapists interviewed expressed their belief that psychological symptoms can be seen as a reaction to a loss of power or related to the effects of an oppressive system. Additionally, the therapists believed that this theoretical model is broad enough to be used with varying types of intersecting social identities. The findings illustrate the ways in which the counseling approach may work similarly across genders, as well as ways in which one’s therapeutic approach may be altered when working specifically with men. Implications for therapists who work with male clients (both the rewards and the challenges) as well as for researchers who wish to study the application of therapeutic interventions with men are discussed.


Feminism Multiculturalism Counseling Gender Qualitative research 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

We have complied with all ethical standards of the American Psychological Association in the conducting of this original research and in its written submission.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob Wolf
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Nutt Williams
    • 2
  • Megan Darby
    • 3
  • Jonathan Herald
    • 4
  • Catherine Schultz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education and Human ServicesLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySt. Mary’s College of MarylandSt. Mary’s CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Counseling and Educational PsychologyNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  4. 4.School of Social WorkUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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