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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I believe that it is important for men to reexamine the standards of masculinity that have been put forth by our cultures. I offer a non-judgmental space for male-identified persons to process their feelings regarding their place in a changing world. I take inspiration from Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell, Robert A. Johnson, and the mythopoetic men's movement.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

Men have a lot on their plates. Work, relationships, finding purpose and meaning in life, and maintaining a sense of control in chaotic times are a few of the overwhelming challenges that I help men tackle. Whether you're feeling tense, irritable, angry, are having trouble sleeping, or are drinking or smoking more weed than you'd like to, therapy can be a great place to map out a strategy for getting you in the direction you'd like to go.

— Lauren Borkowski, Counselor in Longmont, CO
 

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 have historically been suppressing trauma. The first time men experienced trauma, on the play ground, we were ridiculed for expressing it! This started the idea that we must suppress emotions. Because of that a lot of us are called toxic. For throes who want to change that I would love to help.

— Jose Feliciano, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in La MESA, 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

You felt curious about therapy for a moment, and then a part of you said, "You don't need it; asking for help would mean that you're weak. You're supposed to be able to handle things on your own; be a man". Unhealthy forms of masculinity have been passed down through cultural attitudes and social norms from generation to generation. Mindful masculinity can be a solution in and of itself to some of the world's most significant problems. Verve is here to guide you, dude.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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

Within the context of our culture, men in particular can struggle with shame, accessing emotions and feeling a sense of belonging. A unifying experience for men is the sense that they must face their struggles alone. Therapy offers we need others; to know ourselves, to feel the range of our emotions, to connect to meaning in our lives and relationships. I work with men struggling to connect with loved ones, their emotions, and purpose.

— Andrew Fontana, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA
 

Men can have a difficult time talking about their feelings. This can significantly impact their ability to build strong relationships, be there for their loved ones, and feel good about themselves overall. Exploration of feelings is an important skillset that some of us missed out on learning. Luckily for us, it is never too late to begin work on this. You can begin your journey of learning how to talk about your feelings and witness the impact that can have on all aspects of your life!

— Manny Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Clemente, CA

As men, we know that life can be hard! Frequently, we are depleted of hope and then filled with regrets. Disappointments and self-doubt plague our thoughts and control our behaviors. We are dazed by people, places, things, and situations we cannot control or change. We also suffer sorrow, injury, and fear, along with being exposed to infidelity, suspicion, and ruminations. Yet, we are not allowed to speak of it because we are "men." I help men get in touch with who they want to be.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL
 

Become the man you intend to be--a better father, husband, son, human being!

— Stefan Dombrowski, Psychologist in Mt. Laurel, NJ

The unfortunate truth is that our predominant culture does not generally hold space for men to be vulnerable and heal our wounds. Through a variety of therapeutic modalities (e.g. EMDR, CBT, person-centered, and existential therapy) coupled with authentic and real connection, I create such a space so that we may be more whole and compassionate individuals, partners, fathers, sons, and friends. This work can be done individually as well as in groups.

— Alex Lippincott, Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Working through identity issues, as well as exploring your own relationship to manhood

— Dylan Johnson, Associate Professional Counselor

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
 

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

Pornography addiction, problems related to intimacy, and a lack of male friendships are all good reasons to seek therapy, and these are areas that I specialize in.

— Paley Burlin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA
 

The three most destructive words that every man receives when he was a boy is when he's told to "Be a Man". Wearing a mask to reduce our risk of exposure to COVID-19 is one thing, but wearing the mask you live in to hide your emotions is harmful. Its personally & socially injurious, AND we avoid emotions because that's what many traditional ideals of masculinity have socialized us to do. Let's modernize masculinity.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker