Meet the Editors
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
Martin Bobgan holds four university degrees, including a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Colorado and heads PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries. Deidre Bobgan holds an M.A. degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the honorary academic society Phi Beta Kappa. Together they have coauthored twenty-five books, some published by Bethany House, Moody Press, and Harvest House. Deidre has also written The Beauty of the Disciplined Life by Grace through Faith. God has further blessed them with four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Martin’s doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Colorado qualified him for the Clinical Psychologist license in California, for which he never applied. After reviewing the many often conflicting theories and therapies along with their often contradictory techniques, they realized the whole business of psychotherapy was a hoax and were alarmed to see it coming into the church.
We recently surfaced the fact that psychotherapists find it extremely difficult to be successful in marital counseling. Another fact about psychotherapy that one learns in preparing to become a psychotherapist is that men do not want to be in counseling. One journal for psychotherapists devoted an entire issue. To “The Secret World of Men: What Therapists Need to Know.” One article in the issue refers to “Shame-o Phobia,” which men feel when alone in the counseling office and especially so with a wife present.
Men in counseling are often caught between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” They are yanked out of their reluctance to express the very feelings that women demand and are then criticized for expressing them. They often go into counseling wary and come out wimps. Men on the whole are either not that interested, or they are repelled by the whole idea of going to counseling. Psychology Today discussed this topic in an article titled “Man’s Last Stand: What Does It Take to Get a Guy into Therapy?” Regarding men seeking counseling, the article says:
More often than not, the impetus is a woman. A typical male patient has been sent—usually by his wife, girlfriend or children, sometimes by his employer. Behind the command performance is a threat: “You change, or it’s all over.”
Of the total of those in counseling, the men who enter voluntarily are small in number. Gary Brooks, in his book A New Psychotherapy for Traditional Men, says, “Traditional men hate psychotherapy and will do most anything to avoid a therapist’s office.”
Counselors typically usurp the man’s spiritual headship by giving answers to questions men are not asking and by corralling them into strange touchy-feely pastures not of their liking. As much as men are not attracted to counseling, virtually all avenues in and out of the church force them into it. Counseling is a female-friendly activity, which obtains male clients mostly through intimidation, exaggerated claims, expectations of others, or coercion.
We continue to grateful to all who pray for us and who see that psychotherapy is in opposition to the Bible and the spiritual life of followers of Christ.
Blessings in Christ, Who is our only hope,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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