Straight Men in Couples Therapy – Invitation for Research Participation


The Experience of Straight Men in Couples Therapy

 Volunteers are needed for a research project into heterosexual men’s experience of gender identity in couples therapy.

This study is being carried out as part of my studies at NSPC Ltd and Middlesex University for the award of DProf in Existential Psychotherapy.

Statistics published in December 2012 estimate that 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce.  In addition, couples cohabiting that are not married amounted to 5.9 million people in the UK in 2012, which is double the 1996 figure.  While research exists into the experience of therapists and female participants in couples therapy, little is known about the experience of the male partner.

My study is designed to explore what couples therapy is like for the heterosexual male participant.  This will be carried out by face-to-face interviews that will last approximately one hour.

The study does require that some initial criteria be fulfilled for participation, namely:

Men that identify as heterosexual, British and middle-class who have experience couples therapy for at least six weeks.   The couples therapy should not be on-going and must have finished at least three months ago.

If you are interested in participating and wish to know more, please contact me,

Mark Paget, on 07436 537814 or

As a therapist in further training at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, my research has been granted ethical approval by NSPC/Middlesex University and is overseen by my university supervisor Dr Niklas Serning (

Mark PagetAbout Mark

Mark Paget is a final year doctoral student in existential psychotherapy. 

He is a fully accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Mark has worked for the NHS around sexuality and gender since 2012 and is currently looking to recruit straight male participants who have experienced couples / relationship therapy


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