One of my treatment specialties is helping men overcome any psychological stress they are feeling which could be impacting their abilities to function at home, work, or in their studies. Because of the stigma and false beliefs of mental health treatment being reserved only for people who are “crazy,” many men do not seek counseling to cope with things like anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. As a result, men often carry these psychological burdens to the point that both their mental and physical health are being affected. Some statistics pertaining to men’s mental health include:
- Depression affects roughly 6 million men throughout the nation each year.
- Men are 4 times more likely than women to commit suicide.
- Men diagnosed with bipolar disorder are more likely to abuse drugs.
- 1 in every 10 new fathers are likely to develop postpartum depression after the birth of a child.
- Male military veterans are twice as likely as women veterans to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Though my work as a therapist, I ensure I provide my male clients a safe space and opportunity to share and discuss whatever pressing issues are affecting their life. My duty is not only to provide an opportunity for healing and resilience from life’s challenges, but to also break down the stigma which continues to inhibit male clients from obtaining to support them need. Some issues I work with male clients to address include:
- Relationship changes (recent marriage, divorce, separation, breakup)
- Life changes (new job, new baby, new home)
- Fatherhood challenges
- Anger management
- Job stress
Guys, remember it is ok to see help to deal with things you are going through. At the end of the day you are a human being with feelings and emotions. Being strong is not avoiding help, it’s seeking it! Let me be the one to help you find what you’re looking for.