Men seeking counseling is nothing new. In truth, males face a variety of issues that are unique in nature that require special insight and understanding on the part of the therapist. Here, we are talking about Mens’ issues.
One of the many benefits to men when they come to counseling to explore personal issues is the confidence in knowing what they are talking to therapist remains confidential.In short, this means whatever are being explored remains between the guy and his therapist.
Here are some common Mens’ Issues that come up in counseling:
- Wounded self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Anxiety Treatment in Long Island
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Long Island
- Self-Esteem Issues in Long Island
- Substance abuse
Many of our male clients come to us in seeking guidance as part of the work they do as first responders, such as firefighters, police officers and paramedics. Others are executives, business men and blue collar workers.
At 2nd Story Counseling, our therapists take a solution focused approach to men’s issues, infused with humanistic psychology to help guys better understand their unique issues and arrive at a place of insight. Because we tend to be goal oriented in working with clients, we help men identify the different issues that come up in the counseling process which may be keeping them from reaching their full potential.
Helping Men to Help Themselves
Indeed, dozens of studies and surveys over the past several decades have shown that men of all ages and ethnicities are less likely than women to seek help for all sorts of problems–including depression, substance abuse and stressful life events–even though they encounter those problems at the same or greater rates as women. In a 1993 study published in Psychotherapy, for example, psychologist John Vessey, PhD, reviewed several epidemiologic surveys and found that a full two-thirds of mental health outpatient visits were made by women. This inability, reluctance or straight-up unwillingness to get help can harm men’s own mental and physical health, and can make life more difficult for their friends and families, says Berger.
Of course, not all men are the same. And recently, some researchers have begun to delve more deeply into men’s help-seeking behavior, to try to parse the societal and personal factors that make some men, in some situations, more likely to reach out to a psychologist or other source of aid.
“I don’t think that it’s biologically determined that men will seek less help than women,” says University of Missouri Counseling Psychology Professor Glenn Good, PhD, who studies men and masculinity and also has a private practice that focuses on men. “So if that’s true, then it must mean that it’s socialization and upbringing: Men learn to seek less help.”
He and other researchers hope that by understanding what drives men toward or away from therapy and other types of help, they’ll be able to encourage more men to get help when needed, and to make that help more effective. Their research so far suggests two key solutions: Make men understand that many other men face mental health issues like depression, and adjust the description of therapy itself to make it more appealing to men.