Bedonwell Counselling is an independent training company that runs accredited ABC awards counselling training courses from our specialist centre in the heart of Folkestone’s emerging creative quarter.
Our director of training is Graham Griffin, a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor of 18 years’ experience as a therapist.
Graham is looking to encourage more men to undertake counselling training. “Traditionally, more women than men have sought counselling. Talking about feelings and exploring emotional and psychological difficulties has been seen as a ‘female’ rather than a ‘male’ trait”.
Graham added …. “This has been embedded in gender socialisation and how women and men consider and evaluate themselves. However, things are beginning to change with more men seeking counselling and seeing it as both a positive and relevant source of help”.
With the number of men seeking counselling increasing, the numbers of trained male counsellors remain very low. Of over 40,000 counsellors registered with the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP), less than 20% are male. The explanation for the lack of male counsellors is down to the historic gender roles, but Graham believes that is beginning to change:
“As more men seek out counselling and experience positive outcomes as a consequence, more men will consider training to become a qualified therapeutic counsellor as a viable and positive option for them”.
Graham continued, “I am keen to encourage more men from all kinds of backgrounds and current occupations to consider counselling training. From my own experience, men have often felt silenced through male gender roles and have felt the need to keep their emotions secret, adding feelings of shame and isolation to their emotional mix”.
Bedonwell’s accredited training programmes aim to enable men to feel empowered to release themselves from those male stereotypes, bringing a unique richness of masculine perspectives to enhance the inter-relational dynamics of a mixed-gender training programme.
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