Men's Issues

Studies have shown that women are much more likely than men to seek therapy. However, just like women, men can benefit from having a confidential, private space to explore any issues that might be coming up for them. The term “men’s issues” can refer to any number of concerns men might face, including anger management, addiction, intimacy issues, domestic violence, mid-life crises, grief or loss – in addition to mental health issues like anxiety or depression. If you have found yourself experiencing any of these issues (or others), reach out to one of TherapyDen’s men’s issues specialists today.

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Men, we were set up to fail emotionally by society. Strong statement? Maybe, but it is true. For many of us, the expression of emotions was not something that we saw, nor was it encouraged. In fact for many of us the expression of emotion would lead to ridicule. Even physical abuse. In my office, we establish a safe environment for developing the skills and learning how to express emotions. Together we will work you help you become emotionally empowered and take hold of your emotions.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

Men, particularly men of color, are often dealing with an intersection of issues that contribute to anxiety, depression, trauma, and loss but lack the social and emotional support to help them get through these challenges. I draw on my professional and clinical training and lived experiences to support the therapeutic process.

— Sergio Torres, Clinical Social Worker in yonkers, NY
 

You want people to know you, the real you, but what are they going to think of those embarrassing parts of your life? It’s terrifying to think about sharing those things with other people, so you just keep those things hidden, stay small, and march along. Imagine fully and confidently owning your identity, your presence, your voice and feeling empowered to pursue your vision of the future. It’s time to step out of secrecy and smallness to stand tall and own the life that is uniquely yours.

— Jesse Kauffman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

As husband, father and third career man, I understand the demands and the consequences of these roles. Too often we just push through these roles defined only by "what is expected." Sooner or later this can catch up to us and we find ourselves unhappy in our relationships and marriages, dissatisfied in our jobs and questioning our effectiveness as a father. We need space to figure these things out and that is what I offer - nonjudgmental, dialogical, welcoming and open space.

— Andy Dishman, Licensed Professional Counselor in MARIETTA, GA
 

My approach to working with men is through the lens acknowledging that we live in a culture where to be a man is defined by one's ability to be "strong." This condensing of human experience contributes to the intense pressure men are under to exist in the world in a way that is difficult for any human to accomplish.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

Seeking help is sign of strength. Men have been sold a lie that they need to be stoic and suffer in silence. The truth is that men are at their best when they can share their honest feelings with others. Then the facade of perfection falls away and men can offer their true potential to their friends, family and the world.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

You have been growing up in a culture where you constantly heard: "don't cry over spilled milk/just get over it/pull yourself by your bootstraps" and things alike. You have been told to be taught and that men don't cry. Maybe you are still feeling the remnants of your past trauma and your life is spinning out of control. You might be a high achiever, type A personality that just takes on too much and is absolutely infused with stress. It's time to gain control over your life and address these.

— Ioana Avery, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Katy, TX

When it comes to men's health there is a contradiction: Men are supposed to be strong and in control, but our inner reality often does not match this ideal. The advantages many men have in society commonly do not translate into better health outcomes. Men tend to be in worse health than women globally and many of the behaviors associated with ‘masculinity’ increase the risk of mental illness and relationship problems. Let's have an honest conversation about the kind of man you really want to be.

— Hans Reihling, PhD, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA
 

In many ways, the world is changing for the better. Unfortunately, the way we were raised has not prepared us for these changes, and old ideas and beliefs may be creating stress, burden, and confusion without giving us the tools to meet the moment. I help men make sense of the changing landscape of expectations, and guide them in tapping into the deep inner resources that allow them to overcome fears, release themselves from the past, and step fully into their best selves.

— Daniel Fulton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Are your struggling in your relationships, with anger, or in your career? Do you tend to worry frequently and feel like you are going to explode? If so, I can help you. Reach out. You don't have to go at it alone. Counseling by a man who understands complex men's issues.

— Stefan Dombrowski, Psychologist in Mt. Laurel, NJ
 

Men often aren't allowed a safe space to process their feelings. Many men I work with are victims of abuse, and have no where to turn. I understand the specific issues that men face, without toxic masculinity.

— Mikah Watford, Licensed Professional Counselor in San antonio, TX

When it comes to men's health there is a contradiction: Men are supposed to be strong and in control, but our inner reality often does not match this ideal. The advantages men have in society do not translate into better health outcomes. Men tend to be in worse health than women globally and many of the behaviors associated with ‘masculinity’ increase the risk of illness, injury, mental disorder, and premature death. I will guide you on the journey to becoming the man you really wanna be.

— Hans Reihling, PhD, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA
 

I have wide-ranging experience working with men's issues, including concerns related to masculinity and gender roles, issues of identity, connecting with loved ones, and learning to express emotions in a healthy way, which as men we are not usually encouraged to do. As men we also have often received inadequate modeling or training in emotion regulation, communication skills, intimacy, or expressing grief. We may feel inadequate in these areas but aren’t sure how to improve our abilities.

— Doug Aucoin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

In addition to my lived experience as a man, much of my clinical experience has been providing therapy to men. Specific men’s issues I have encountered as a therapist include men’s experiences with body image, sexual orientation, sexual performance, friendship, marriage/dating and societal expectations. I have experience working with male survivors of abuse as well as men experiencing depression and anxiety.

— Matt Bouse, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

Men's Issues is kind of a strange, blurry category that ranges from problems directly connected to having a male body on the one extreme to problems that are fairly typical of the human experience (while just happening to be male) on the other. Men often seek out my help in dealing with sexual performance related issues, feelings of jealousy/possessiveness/insecurity, electronic addictions, difficulty expressing emotions, and many varieties of anger and impulsivity.

— Samuel Wilson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kensington, MD

As men we have been set up to fail emotionally in society. A bold statement? Perhaps, but also true. For many of us we were not given the tools to be able to express our emotions in a healthy way. We were told "don't cry", "don't be a baby", or worse. We may have even suffered physical abuse for showing emotion. In my practice we set up a safe environment to give you the tools to begin to express yourself and your emotions in a healthy, productive way.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN
 

I provide a safe and validating therapeutic environment for men to explore concerns they may not feel comfortable sharing with others.

— Matt McKevitt, Clinical Social Worker in Wyckoff, NJ