Many men shy away from therapy for reasons that are certainly justifiable. This often leads to a situation in which crisis arises in areas of relationships, self image/self confidence, work, sexuality, overall health and beyond. In a culture where it seems expectations of men are ever shifting from masculine stoicicism/providers/protectors to nurturing, warm and emotionally expressive caretakers, it can be hard to settle into any one identity and cope with the ever shifting demands.
Does it feel that often your behaviors and lifestyles simply do not match your inner worlds and self perception? Perhaps those around you do not seem to respect who you are, where you have come from and your path in life. Men have a unique experience when it comes to finding purpose and meaning in life and also face a distinctive set of barriers. The purpose of therapy then is what you bring to and take away from it. At minimum you will have an open space to discuss and explore where you feel stuck, angry, resentful, empty, frustrated, misunderstood or just unsure. It is a place to be okay not being okay, even if just for one hour. Our interactions will be set in a context that you already possess the wisdom, strength and resilience to reconnect with and accept your authentic self despite any frustrations, shame, guilt and pain you might carry with you.
Some common men's issues:
-Being a good father
-Recovering from Infidelity
-Connecting more intimately with your partner
-Anger and Rage
-Victim of domestic and relationship abuse
-Concerns you might be abusive
-Substance (including alcohol) and behavioral addictions - with focus on non 12 step intervention.
-Paternal Postpartum Depression