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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Do you have common patterns of miscommunication with your partner? Ongoing stress at work that seems to negatively impact your relationships? Or do you have have patterns of infidelity? It can be tough as a man to navigate our emotional worlds and process ways in which to cultivate the change we so desire. Therapy can be the cornerstone of that change you're searching for.

— Evan Miller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Cornelius, NC

I have the experience and expertise necessary to help men confront and conquer the unique challenges they face in life. I work to provide a safe space for you to explore your feelings, whether it's stress, anxiety, depression, or anger. With a deep understanding of the complexities that come with being a man in today's world, together, we can move you toward achieving mental and emotional well-being.

— Alicia McDonald, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Columbus, OH
 

Through my experience and the experiences of those around me, I understand how difficult it can be for men to experience their emotions and practice vulnerability. Through humor and empathy, I strive to create a safe space for men to get to know all parts of themselves and practice vulnerability.

— Aaron Mink, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Austin, TX

Many men face stigma around seeking therapy due to societal norms and expectations. Toxic masculinity perpetuates the belief that men should be stoic, self-reliant, and unemotional, discouraging them from expressing vulnerability or seeking help. This leads to untreated mental health issues, emotional suppression, and unhealthy coping mechanisms. By challenging these stereotypes and promoting a culture of openness and support, I strive to help men feel comfortable seeking the care they need.

— Matthew Fleming, Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL
 

Is there a problem you have that you feel like you cannot confide to your spouse, or perhaps your mother? I have a solution. Speaking about issues which you find to be specific to men is paramount in your quest for feeling better about yourself and your life. It helps dissolve the divide you may feel between yourself and the rest of the world. From self-esteem to relationships to depression, men's issues weaves its way through it all.

— Dylan Daugherty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

As men, our interaction with the world is one of high and demanding expectations. We are expected to protect, to provide, to care for, to fix or to plan. We are expected to not show emotion. Everyone depends on us to provide stability. Who is looking out for us? Who is thinking about the daily pressures we bear? I see you. I see your silent suffering. You don’t have to fight this alone, I am in your corner.

— Jared Yslas, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Tacoma, WA
 

Many of my clients are men and I love exploring identity, societal norms, and using psychoeducational skills in order to improve emotional attunement and awareness. I love holding space for men to process and learn more about relational and emotional skills.

— Asel Kulmeshkenova, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagan, MN

Why does rest feel shameful at times? You know what it feels to be consumed with the pressure to make the right choices. You’re a busy guy, and you want to perform well at work and truly look after the people you care about. You want to slow down, and often wonder how other people do all of this. You could use some help in managing these burdensome emotions getting in your way. Together, we can stand at a safe position while we pinpoint and address what’s holding you back from your desired life.

— Gavin Cross, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hollywood, CA
 

As a cis man, and through my work with male clients, I seek to explore and interrogate what it means to "be a man" in today's society. I believe that you are "already a man," regardless of how one does or does not fit into societal stereotypes. I support others in the struggles that come with the attempts to live up to impossible standards and challenge the status quo, helping individuals become true to themselves, regardless of others' perceptions.

— eric bjorlin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL

These days understanding what it means “to be a man” can be full of mixed messages. Typically, these "rules" of masculinity come from the environments men developed in but were internalized so young that it can seem like they are the natural or correct way. I work with men to examine many of the expectations they contend with and decide what should be embraced or left behind.

— Gabriel Trees, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

Too masculine, not masculine enough? Too in touch with emotions, not in touch enough? For so many of us men, we don't fit into any one box. Yet, we might have been raised or currently living among people who don't get us. This can lead us to question if we are 'good enough' or 'doing it right.' Learn how to be comfortable in whatever way you choose to express who you are. Let me help you release old fears, old patterns and live authentically, now and everyday.

— Cole Huggins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

While "men's issues" are certainly not limited to a gender, boys and men are often deprived of a space to show vulnerability and not given the tools needed to authentically communicate emotions. This suppression can create feelings of insecurity, anger, irritability, infidelity, increased substance use, and high-risk behavior.

— Jacob Mergendoller, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY
 

Thankfully, society is changing. Men are now open to seeking therapy and/or coaching, but often, they want a male therapist who understand the demands placed on men. Most, but not all, of my clients are males who are professionals or executives such as real estate developers, executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs. What they have in common is that they seek not just counseling but help with navigating the stresses of business deals or corporate environments.

— Darrin Pfannenstiel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX

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
 

Most men are brought up hearing expressions such as "don't cry" and "man up". These implicit messages from family, friends, and culture cause males to create protective and sometimes maladaptive coping mechanisms around their feelings. Ironically, men are taught not to express feelings in their youth and then expected to show emotional intimacy in adult relationships. I help men explore their repressed feelings and express them in a way that invites deeper connections with others.

— Kelly Edwards, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I work with men around issues of sexual identity, challenges with out of control sexual behaviors and sex addiction, libido and performance anxiety issues, and navigating sexual issues in relationships.

— Greg Bodin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA