“#METOO-INFORMED THERAPY: Counseling Approaches for Men, Women, and Couples”

by David B. Wexler, Ph.D. and Holly B. Sweet, Ph.D.

The rapid rise of the #MeToo movement has created a seismic shift in how we work with sexual misconduct that occurs in relationships between men and women, but the scope and impact of behaviors within that category is full of gray areas. #MeToo-Informed Therapy guides therapists in finding effective ways to help men who offend, empowering women to find their voices, exploring ways for men to be allies in the #MeToo movement, and helping couples whose relationships can be enhanced by understanding #MeToo issues.

Traditional male and female gender role norms are discussed in the context of how they might contribute to incidents of sexual misconduct. Importantly, the book also takes a look at how intersectional factors around race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status adds further complexity to these questions. Here, therapists will find the information and perspective they need to support their clients.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW of Dr. David B. Wexler from the University of Colorado Health conference in 2014: 

David B. Wexler, PhD presented at the 2014 CeDAR-UCH Gender Matters, Men Matter (GMMM) Conference on “Recovery, Shame and Authenticity – Innovative Therapies for 21st Century Men.” In this interview, Dr. Wexler discusses a man’s search for his authentic self, counseling-phobia in men, finding courage to seek help and being a hero in relationships, the idea of the ‘broken mirror’, and working with men who are abusive in their relationships.

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David B. Wexler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute, which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. He has also served as the Clinical and Administrative Supervisor for the NIMH-sponsored research study of domestic violence in the Navy from 1991 through 1996, and again from 2001 to 2006.

Dr. Wexler is the author of six books and many articles and book chapters, including:

  • #METOO-INFORMED THERAPY: Counseling Approaches for Men, Women, and Couples
  • When Good Men Behave Badly: Change Your Behavior, Change Your Relationship
  • Is He Depressed or What?: What to Do When the Man You Love is Moody, Irritable, and Withdrawn
  • Men In Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment
  • The Adolescent Self: Strategies for Self-management, Self-soothing, and Self-esteem in Adolescents

He has been featured on the Dr. Phil show and the TODAY show, in the Washington Post, “O” magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men’s Health, and on dozens of radio and TV programs throughout North America to help educate the public about relationships in conflict and how to resolve them.

Based on more than 30 years of experience in the field of domestic violence, Dr. Wexler has also authored a treatment manual with accompanying workbooks entitled STOP Domestic Violence: Innovative Skills, Techniques, Options, and Plans for Better Relationships. The 4th edition of this groundbreaking manual was published by W.W. Norton in 2020. He has trained thousands of community professionals, military personnel, and law enforcement officials through extensive training seminars on the STOP Program model throughout the world. The California Psychological Association has also designated Dr. Wexler as a Master Lecturer and he received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award at their annual convention in 2003.

Dr. Wexler also received the prestigious award of Practitioner of the Year from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.