We all receive messages from our culture, our family, from media, and society at large regarding gender and gender roles that strongly impact our development. Men in particular may receive somewhat rigid messages regarding what it means to be a man that heavily influence their development, relationships, sexuality, self-esteem, self-efficacy, career development and emotional life.
Some men receive a message that something must be "wrong" with them if they seek help, support or pursue counseling. If you feel this way, its so important to know that you are not alone. In my view, seeking support is a sign of courage, health and strength. Many, many men pursue therapy and through therapy find ways to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Therapy is your opportunity to focus on you!
Having worked at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient clinic, I have had the privilege to work extensively with a variety of men in therapy. Issues I have worked on with men in therapy include:
- coping with perfectionism
- managing inner critics
- expressing anger in a healthy way
- stress management
- relationship issues and family issues
- sexuality issues
- parenting and life stage issues
- transitioning through career changes and transitioning to retirement
- coping with chronic medical and/or health issues
- trauma (e.g. sexual abuse, combat trauma, military sexual trauma, rape, car accidents, trauma experienced in the context of religion among others).