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

I have worked with men across my clinical training and post-graduate work in addressing various forms of trauma, depression, anxiety, and other concerns specific to men (e.g., fatherhood). I have worked with trans men throughout the transition process.

— Miklos Hargitay, Psychologist in New York, NY

The shaping of your embedded beliefs and embodied habits started the day someone declared 'It's a boy.' I use approaches that get into the body-mind connections that surface the anchors that can keep you hostage to the natural ongoing development of your identity and empowerment to be your full human self.

— Shelly Melroe, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

I specialize in helping men identify things that they may not normally be aware of and explore connected issues that may be impacting them.

— Thomas Cruz, Counselor

I work with men to understand the social dynamics which influence their sense of identity, emotional understanding, masculine expectations and norms, as well as how these influence their relationships with their signifiant others, children, family, and friends. I often create space for them to express themselves openly with another male, which I have found to be very therapeutic in itself. Additionally, I provide educational information and clinical insight into the mental health of men.

— Christopher Wilson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Media, PA

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 have experience working with adult men surrounding the issues of addiction/recovery, shame/guilt, life transitions, relationship issues, and emotional recognition.

— Angelica Belko, Mental Health Practitioner in Minneapolis, MN

I specialize in working with men. Men tend to work differently in therapy because of societal expectations that men don’t show feelings. While this is changing there are still many barriers. I understand this and know how to communicate with men.

— Kennedy McLean, Psychotherapist in Toronto,

Men have a lot to process and have culturally not been presented with the opportunity to process their feelings in a safe environment. I hold space for them and direct them more deeply into the places that are yearning to be heard, felt, and released.

— Michael Viola, Counselor in Portland, OR

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 Southlake, TX

My speciality is working with men and men's issues, and I've been working with men just like you for over 17 years. I look forward to working with you.

— Jason Fierstein, Counselor for Men, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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

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 Professional Counselor Intern in ORLANDO, FL

Men are a beleaguered group caught between traditional expectations and social changes that nullify the masculinity and the male role. My decades-long research and treatment experience have made me acutely aware of sex differences in physiology, biology, temperament, and gender differences in roles and expectations. Paradoxically as US culture has become more "functionally oriented" and the genders more masculinized, the male role have been increasingly marginalized.

— Leland van den Daele, Clinical Psychologist in Petaluma, 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

Used to run a Men's group and can focus on emotional issue unique to men.

— Peter Binnings, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, 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

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.

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

"Most men don't spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to them to be a man"(Psychology Today), and being a man at different life phases sometimes requires an opportunity to talk candidly about the course one is taking. I have helped men of all ages through many of life's transitions.

— Dr. Edward L. De La Loza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Body image issues in men just aren't talked about, are they? I want to help to change that. Our appearances are tied to our masculinity, which then brings up all kinds of issues about the toxic masculinity messages we were raised in. Maybe we even participated in that kind of regressive thinking when we were younger, and are trying to reconcile that with who we want to be now. While this is a binary description, I do this sort of work with all genders and sexual orientations.

— Brian Jones, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

"The times they are-a-changin'" wrote Dylan. The evolving of cultural values is sometimes very jarring to our male psyche's. The information-laden world we navigate now is significantly different than it was as recently as 5 years ago. Men have had to make a lot of adjustments: In our relationships to others, to the roles in raising kids, to just about everything that men had been taught while growing up. I look to explore these changes with you, and process possible solutions.

— Sandy Marsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Men don't like to talk about personal private issues like feelings or sex. But the fact is that talking and sharing actually does help! My expertise is in the area of male sexual problems like erectile failure, premature and delayed ejaculation, sex and pornography addiction, male relationship anxiety, male self esteem issues, and men's reactions to grief, loss, and life transitions like separation/divorce, mid-life, and retirement.

— Eric Larsen, Licensed Professional Counselor in MONTCLAIR, NJ

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

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR

Committed to helping gay men, lesbian women, transgender, questioning and bisexual individuals with their personal growth. Therapy helps with a variety of life’s challenges, such as gaining satisfying, meaningful, and sustaining relationships, issues such as depression, anxiety, coming out, and drug, alcohol, and sexual addiction.

— Steven Nakisher, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

It is very challenging to be a man in today's world. In the past men knew what was expected of them and they were largely able to deliver. Men were expected to use their physical strength to earn a livelihood and stay out of serious trouble. Today society expect much more from men. Yet we have not been taught to how to deliver when it comes to relationships, parenting and collaborating . I offer a safe non judgmental place to be heard and cultivate self awareness and more helpful skills.

— Steven Shragie Gestetner, Counselor in brooklyn, NY

In my practice I often see people for reasons such as anxiety or depression, and rarely do we find a need for medication. After speaking with them for a period of time, we discover that there is usually some level of discontent with current life circumstances. Most people that come to me for therapy have some level of upset around where they think life should be or the direction life is going. This upset often has contributed to troubles in their relationships with others at home or at work.

— Scott Groves, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK

I believe that men have been privileged in many ways. However, we have often received little or no modeling or training in emotion regulation, communication, intimacy, or grief. I adamently believe that the wellbeing of men is critically important and woefully underprovided. If you believe that your particular issues are highly influenced by your maleness, let's talk.

— Jon Reeves, Clinical Psychologist in Seattle, WA