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"Masculinity is often referred to as toxic, but elements of masculinity can in fact help boys and men to overcome the adverse effects of abuse. Whilst some can benefit from therapeutic approaches that involve a lot of talking and expression of emotions, others benefit from a more solution focused, action orientated approach. I used to think that boys and men always had to show they were tough but I had a rather rigid view of what that meant, and I now see that when boys and men come to therapy to address their issues in an attempt to make change, this is also perhaps a different kind of toughness. Coming to therapy doesn't mean weakness - it means taking action to solve a problem. I find that when therapy is framed in such a way it can help boys and men address the adverse effects of their abuse."

Phil Mitchell, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Survivor