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    Men’s Issues – It’s OK not to be OK

    Maybe you grew up on your own or are a son asked to fill in as a pseudo-partner to your mom. Or perhaps you’re in a relationship and running out of ways to cope with feelings of withdrawal, isolation, and rejection. Maybe you’re a father experiencing a disconnect with your children. Or you may be struggling to deal with work stress or microaggression on the job. Perhaps you are a trauma survivor or ready to work on confronting your childhood. Maybe you want to process previous relationships before you enter your next relationship. I can give you space to process your pain and the changes you want. 

    Why is this?

    Men live with constant pressure and societal expectations. Men are told to hold their emotions so tightly they may have no words for them. Emotions are internal feelings produced by external experiences, the way you’re treated growing up, at work, with peers, with family, and with loved ones. The very emotions they should seek help for, they stuff down and “go it alone.” Don’t allow the stigma prevent you from seeking therapy.

    What are some of those most common mental health issues plaguing men?

    • Substance abuse – Men are far more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs.
    • Economic factors – Unemployment rates have skyrocketed, and many men sadly tie their worth or value to being the breadwinner.
    • Bullying – Many young men are victims of bullying.
    • Relationship issues – Believe it or not, studies have shown 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.

    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 or heart disease.

    Therapy is for your benefit. I practice open, reflective listening to make sure I hear you. I’m interested in what you say and will ask questions to understand where you’re coming from. You can express your thoughts without judgment or retaliating comments. A strength-based affirming approach highlights the positive values you possess while we work together to reduce the obstacles in your way. You can experience insights in a safe, supportive environment. Reach out today to schedule your free consultation.