What are some of the benefits of a woman working with a male therapist?
[Justin Pere answering] Women seeking relationship help often seek counseling with me in particular because of my deep understanding of men's issues, issues that often play a key role in the relationship problems they experience with their boyfriends or husbands. Part of the clarity I provide for women is in helping them better understand their partners in ways that are sometimes best understood by another male.
Another consideration is that therapists often recommend that clients enter into therapy with a therapist who is of the gender they may have issues with or be triggered by. So, for example, women who have issues with men (possibly related to fathers in childhood, male authority figures, ex-boyfriends/husbands, etc.) are typically better helped by working with a male therapist. This is because the therapeutic relationship helps to bring to light those issues and provides a safe place to work through those issues in a more direct way.
And yes, there have been many times that it has been appropriate to send some of my male clients to trusted and wonderful female therapists, which is why I was so fortunate to have found and hired Paige Geisinger.