Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Do you wish you had someone to talk to but are afraid that asking for help isn’t “the manly thing to do?”
More than ever, men are seeking therapy to obtain what they want from life and my practice reflects this; the majority of people who seek my services are male.
And it takes courage.
In 2016, I gave a well-watched TEDx talk entitled “Emotions: The Data Men Miss.” I talk about the fact that, from a young age, men are taught rigid masculinity – that is to “be strong” and not express their emotions. Sadly, the outcome of this phenomenon is a less empowered man. So many men end up feeling isolated, anxious and depressed. The very emotions they should seek help for, they stuff down and “go it alone.”
I have assisted hundreds of men with therapy and the outcomes tend to be very positive.
What are some of those most common mental health issues with which I have helped men?
- Relationship issues: studies show that men rely more on their partners for emotional support than women do. This can make relationship problems particularly hard to deal with.
- Challenges related to fatherhood: while it can be a great source of joy, fatherhood can also cause stress and anxiety, particularly for new fathers.
- Finding more meaning in their lives inside and outside of work.
- Know their emotional lives and feel more powerful as a result
- Having healthier adult friendships.
There is no denying that mental health issues manifest differently in men than in women, resulting in many going completely ignored and untreated. Often men minimize or don’t recognize their own emotional pain. This results in them bottling up their emotions, which often leads to a manifestation of a physical disease or illness, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and even erectile disfunction, to name a few.
If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues and would like to explore treatment options, please be in touch with me. There is no stigma in seeking help, only relief from the burdens you are currently carrying alone.