Building self worth: how sheds are revolutionising boys’ therapy

Today my colleague Jan brought up the subject of counselling for boys. This was in the context of a teenager refusing to talk about his problems and the  gender issues around the support we offer in schools. Jan pointed out that counselling and art therapy may appeal more to girls than to boys and she told me about the Men’s Sheds movement .

The success of the Australian Men’s Sheds movement is that whilst women find it natural to talk face to face about themselves, men feel more at ease carrying out an activity whilst talking “shoulder to shoulder”.

Most boys have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions.  There has been little encouragement for boys to take an interest in their own health and well-being.  Unlike girls, most boys are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help.

It is time that we started to think about meeting boys’ emotional needs in a different way. Perhaps we could start offering Boy Sheds as lunchtime and after school activities in our own schools?

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