Why do men need mental health therapy?
From a young age, many boys are taught traditional, rigid, or toxic masculinity: being “strong” and ignoring and minimizing emotion. This avoidance can develop into an atrophying of the skills needed to recognize and effectively and healthily navigate emotional situations. In place of regulating their emotions and behaviors, these men can feel marginalized, isolated, irritated, anxious, and depressed. Further, they tend to behave more irrationally and impulsively and experience physical disease and illness such as high blood pressure and heart disease at higher frequencies. These emotional, behavioral, and physiological consequences often feel preferable to opening themselves up to the stigma of seeking therapy as a man.
Evidence-based therapy for men
Please contact us if this information speaks to your or a loved one’s experience. I hope that together we can not only improve your overall health and wellbeing but also work toward exercising an openness to receive help and support as a man in the modern world.