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.

Meet the specialists


With the pressures and expectations placed on men to always be strong and not show emotions, it becomes difficult to connect with true feelings in difficult circumstances. I enjoy working with men of all ages to help them work through the thoughts they have about manhood and reconcile it with their reality. In short, helping them to realize that it is okay not to be okay.

— Phillip Riddick, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Norfolk, VA

As a male therapist, I understand most of the issues that pertain to being a man. Most of my clients are male and include gay, straight, and queer sexual orientations.

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

If we were to examine the hearts of the over 150 million men in this country, we would be alarmed by the profound sense of pain, confusion, and disconnection so many of us experience on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the same constraints that create a man’s wounds also keep them deeply hidden. My aim is to help men reconnect with themselves so they can participate in relationships of significant depth.

— Hayden Lindsey, Counselor in Austin, TX

I believe that there is a pathway to mature masculinity, and that the world needs this more than ever. If you’re struggling with how to be a man, what it means to be a man, or what it means to be a husband or father in mid life, I’ve got space for you. All of your beliefs are welcome. For my male clients I very highly recommend checking out the Mankind Project. The antidote to toxic masculinity is mature masculinity.

— James Harrison, Hypnotherapist in Portland, OR

Work closely with male sexual health concerns of both the mind (unwanted attraction, paraphilia, performance anxiety, suppressed desires, etc.) and body (erectile dysfunction, early ejaculation, impotence, etc.). Male survivors of sexual assault are encourages to reach out.

— Peter Bippus, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I specialize in helping men and masculine people cultivate emotional resilience, intimacy, and integrity in relationships. While I am not a strict adherent to the gender binary, I believe the experience of people socialized as men in this culture has a unique confluences of gifts and challenges, and I find that men are hungry for spaces to explore and understand themselves without judgment or shame.

— Anthony Rella, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in SEATTLE, WA

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

I work with a lot of men who struggle. They struggle to feel connected. Often they struggle with feeling and expressing emotions except for anger. Men in our society are taught at a very early age that they need to act and look a certain way. What if you don't agree with that? If you have been shamed or shunned for expressing yourself or expressing emotion you've probably learned to bottle it up. You've learned that anger is the only emotion. I will help you feel connected again.

— Patrick Casale, Counselor in asheville, NC

I specialize in helping men identify their true values and learn how to truly live into those values fully in all aspects of their life. This includes intimate relationships, family relationships, career performance, and personal growth. This may often include unpacking some family of origin issues as well as any addiction issues that might be at play.

— Jeremy Pierce, Licensed Professional Counselor in Irving, TX

It is often challenging to be a man of integrity today. It is even harder if you grew up without a positive male role model, and can feel like you’re making it up as you go along, with plenty of stumbles along the way. Current events such as the #metoo movement make it even more complex and important to look at the things that get in the way of finding balance and pride in masculinity.

— Michael MacLafferty, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

Expressing tenderness and being emotionally open are important to nurturing healthy relationships with those around you, yet few men feel comfortable doing this. Often, anxiety, depression, anger, impatience, lack of confidence, and life and work stress get in the way. I help and support men in stepping over these hurdles and improving their relationships.

— Ania Scanlan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, MN

One of the areas of speciality is working with men whom have had difficulty reconciling their views of masculinity with the weight of emotional problems. In this, we work to help the client express emotions more freely to release pain while also discussing what this does to their definition of masculinity.

— Jeremy Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Richardson, TX

In the busy world of balancing work and family, men can often struggle with identity, purpose, and meaning. Such a struggle can cause men to select: isolation, anger, pornography, addictions, gambling. I use some gentle, yet powerful methods to reorient men back towards their true purpose and values. For example, I find that mindfulness and hypnotherapy may be used to better understand underlying motivations and improve your aim towards your goals.

— Shawn Hales, Psychologist in Towson, MD

Although work with all people, Masculinity is an area of specific strength and focus in my work.

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have specialized in working with male clients on a variety of issues since 1997.

— Diana Groener, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

I work with men on dating, relationships, and career, focusing on the depression and anxiety that are often underneath day to day problems and holding them back. Society has done a great disservice to men by continuing to spread dangerous messages like "boys don't cry" and "man up". Men are so detached from their feelings that it leads to them living dishonest lives full of shame and guilt and buried emotions that often manifest somatically with panic attacks and GI problems. I can help!

— Marcella Haro, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Men who are uncomfortable asking for help tend to find my office a safe and reassuring place to take that risk. I help men develop a toolbox of strategies to help reduce anger and anxiety in order to develop more effective communication skills.

— Karen Wulfson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

As a man, you may be used to: Solving your own problems Not asking for help Avoiding talking with others about things that cause you stress and upset Believing that there is something “unmanly” about seeking and participating in counseling Again, you are not alone. There are numerous reasons that boys and men in our culture would choose to suffer in private silence than admit to another person that there is something they cannot fix on their own. In addition, it’s sometimes tough to go to your friends or family for support, or they are simply not helpful. And searching for solutions on the internet and in books has it’s limits (and can be confusing and frustrating, too). Now, you are still struggling and are thinking about seeking the help of someone like me: a men’s counselor. In our culture, there are expectations for men not to be “weak” or “vulnerable” and to hide emotions or be “warriors.” However, it’s a myth that talking about your problems and how you feel about them will somehow, magically, make you less of a man. Not true. Times are changing, and men need to learn critical skills like emotional intelligence, communication skills, stress management and relationship building. That’s where men’s counseling can help.

— Robert Nemerovski. Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist in Kentfield, CA