Herb stated that he feels depressed and lacks meaning

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Herb stated that he feels depressed and lacks meaning when he thinks about the activities he can no longer due. This is a strong indication that he ascribes to some or all of the ideas of able-bodiedness and masculinity that were listed earlier. During therapy I will help Herb dive into his own ideas around masculinity and look at the societal influences of these. He will examine where each idea has come from and how it impacts him and his mental health. Herb and I will work together to decide which societal ideals he wants to change and then we will develop and implement a plan. As stated earlier Herb’s choice in waiting five years after his accident to attend counseling and his current framing of his depression, are most likely due to societies view of depression and counselling, which are inconsistent with masculinity. One suggestion for making counseling less threatening to traditionally masculine men, which I am suggesting Herb is, is to reframe therapy as consultation (Silver et al., 2018). By making counseling less threatening to Herb, it will assist in the creation of an egalitarian relationship between myself and him. Another suggestion for Herb would be to reframe the ideas of vulnerability and help-seeking behaviors. Vulnerability can be reframed as not being inherent in the individual, but instead is due to the nature of the environment (ibid, 2018). In this case Herb is feeling vulnerability due to not being
FEMINIST THEORY AND DISABILITY 12 able to engage in activities in the same ways as he used to be. Help-seeking behaviors can be reframed to show that they are actually adaptive strengths (ibid, 2018). Often unique contributions to society are “made because of, rather than in spite of, the position and identity of disabled people. In this way, disability is not viewed from a deficit-based perspective, rather, it is viewed as an aspect of uniqueness that contributes to society’s overall richness” (Vanderploeg et al., 2019 p. 120). By understanding the societal and gendered ideas of ability and the reframing of vulnerability and help-seeking behaviour, Herb can take pride in his disability and the unique ways he now interacts with the world, and his fears of vulnerability and dependency should be reduced. Herb would also benefit from joining in groups or doing activities that engage the disability community. “The disability community is a group of people who experience impairment and societal discrimination on the basis of that impairment; the community is large and represents many different intersectional identities and understandings of things like impairment” (Vanderploeg et al., 2019, p. 120). The extent to which a person feels shame or takes pride in their disability is directly related to the degree to which the person has integrated their disability into their sense of self; and the type of contact, friendship, and engagement they have with the larger disability community (Vanderploeg et al., 2019, p. 120). “Individuals who

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