The Men in Therapy Research Team is co-led by Drs. Strohmer and Leierer, and focuses
on person-environment issues including Holland Code identification, counseling expectations,
willingness to seek counseling, self-efficacy, and other variables which make the
therapeutic environment either conducive or non-conducive to participation by males.
Research suggests that men are less likely to seek out and participate in therapy,
unlikely to admit to needing counseling assistance, hold lower expectations for the
therapeutic experience, and hold high expectations for the competence and performance
of the therapist. This research team hopes to gain a better understanding of these
phenomena and ways in which the therapeutic environment, education of potential male
clients, and training of therapists might be altered to make therapy a more inviting
and useful option for men. Additional research topics within this general area are
of interest and encouraged by the team leaders.