Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Fort Collins Mobile Counselor and Life Coach: Female or Male?

Today's Blog Post

Q: I am a potential female client (e.g., tween, teen, adult).  I have been told it is best to see a female therapist -- is this true?

A: Yes and no. 

It might depend on the circumstances, including the client's culture, ethnicity, religion, etc.  In the US, female client-counselor relationships are commonly recommended, especially for victims of trauma, such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.  There is good reasoning for this, e.g. if the perpetrator was a male, the mere physical presence of a qualified male counselor may cause a triggering negative effect.  

To answer the question fairly, all professional counselors/therapist are trained to be gender neutral, serving all populations.  In many situations, the presence of a trained supportive male counselor could be extremely beneficial.  For example, there are plenty of male counselors who offer excellent therapeutic support, and also have experience advocating-navigating systems, such as health care, legal, and state/federal social services.

Bottom line, when choosing your counselor/therapist/coach, consider gender, but also be a good consumer -- recognize their professional credentials, experience, and business practice.

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