Do You Feel Like You’re Breaking Under Pressure?

  • Are you dealing with chronic stress due to intense career expectations?
  • Have you been struggling to find gratifying friendships or romantic relationships?
  • Do you feel like you have no one to turn to for support?

silhouette of man standing by waterMaybe you’re trying to find a fulfilling job, but work leaves you feeling drained and exhausted, while the rising cost of living makes it hard to justify pursuing your passion. Perhaps you’re worried about the future of your marriage and the never-ending demands of parenthood. Or maybe you’re having trouble making friends or dating, and you’re not sure how to pull yourself out of this rut. 

You might be dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety, and you’re finding it hard to move forward in life because you no longer have a defining purpose. Your self-confidence has taken a hit, and you know that you want to make a change. But you just don’t know where to begin.

You May Not Know Where To Go For Help 

For many men, the pressures of modern life can become overwhelming – yet you might feel like society expects you to shoulder these burdens entirely on your own. You’re trying to cope in silence and put on a brave face for the world, but part of you feels like you’re about to break.

You do not have to hold yourself back from seeking help. In counseling, you can get comfortable sharing what’s on your mind and develop the skills you need to manage your mental health and gain lasting self-esteem.

A Wide Range Of Men Struggle With Their Mental Health Everyday

If you’ve been struggling with work, parenting, relationship problems, or a lack of purpose, you’re not alone. Today, lots of men are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions—but they often feel as if they cannot properly express their feelings without being judged. They worry that they’re failing because they can’t tackle these challenges independently, and feel as though others might mock them for being emotionally vulnerable.

Society Discourages Men From Opening Up

Despite the fact that countless men are grappling with mental health issues and other obstacles, the idea that men should always be stoic in the face of their problems persists. This societal pressure often starts early in life. For example, you might have been discouraged from crying when you were young or told to “toughen up” when you tried to tell someone that you were hurt. 

But spending years or even decades bottling up your feelings can only make things worse. Men who do not learn how to handle their emotions in a healthy way may close themselves off from close relationships or feel like they can only express themselves through anger. 

Even if you have a social support network, the thought of telling a friend or relative what’s been going on in your life might be nerve-wracking. Through counseling for men, you can learn practical strategies for building healthier relationships, making smart career decisions, processing complex emotions, and setting life goals that give you a sense of direction.

Therapy For Men Can Help You Overcome A Wide Range Of Problems

black and white photo of a man of color intensely looking at cameraPerhaps you’re not used to sharing your problems with your close friends or family, and you’re not sure that you’re ready to open up to a therapist. But for men, sharing in therapy first can actually be easier—your sessions will always be confidential, and your counselor will create a comfortable, welcoming environment where you can say whatever is on your mind.

At Affinity Psychological Services, we have several male therapists on staff who specialize in working with men. We will make every effort to match you with a therapist for men at your nearest location who has experience working with the problems that you want to address. 

What To Expect In Therapy For Men

During your first session, you’ll have the opportunity to share what you’ve been struggling with and why you decided to seek therapy. This will help your therapist gain a better understanding of the issues you want to address. You’ll also talk about what you hope to gain from therapy. Your therapist will work with you to set realistic goals.

You’ll spend some time in therapy on self-reflection, which can help you identify the roots of issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health conditions. Furthermore, you and your therapist will focus primarily on coming up with workable, realistic solutions to the problems you’re dealing with right now.

Treatment Approaches In Therapy For Men

Your therapist will develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals. Our therapists apply techniques drawn from a variety of treatment approaches. For example, your therapist might emphasize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you identify and rewrite negative thought patterns. They may also utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which enables you to focus on the present, accept where you are, and start making sustainable lifestyle changes.

Your therapist will also help you develop concrete emotional regulation skills that you can apply in your daily life outside of sessions. You’ll also hone in on the specific issues that you’re facing in your professional and personal life to help you determine which direction you want to move in next. Overall, your therapist will apply a solution-focused approach to your treatment plan. They may also recommend medication if appropriate.

You may be hesitant to seek therapy or wonder if your therapist will truly understand what you’re going through. But taking the first step to getting help is worth it. By working closely with your therapist, you’ll be able to address problems related to your career, relationships, and mental health with confidence.

You May Still Have Questions About Therapy for Men…

I’ve always been taught that I should be able to overcome challenges on my own.

Men often feel that when they’re dealing with a problem, they have to solve it all alone. But this couldn’t be further from the truth—everyone needs to lean on their support system sometimes. If you haven’t felt ready to share your problems with your friends or relatives, therapy can help you get used to asking for help.

What if therapy is too expensive?

Affinity Psychological Services is a pro-insurance practice. We aim to make therapy accessible for everyone who needs it by accepting a wide range of local insurance plans. Therapy is an investment into your future happiness, and we can work with you to figure out what your insurance plan covers.

I’m nervous about opening up to a stranger about my problems.

While you might feel a bit hesitant to share personal details about your life during your first session, you’ll likely find it easier to open up as you get to know your therapist. We will match you with a male therapist who will understand your perspective firsthand. You do not have to divulge sensitive information the moment you meet your therapist – instead, you’ll be able to work through problems at your own pace.

asian man smiling and laughing at cameraYou Can Take Control Of Your Mental Health

If you’re a man who is interested in seeking therapy, you can learn more about our practice and our services for men by getting in touch through our contact page. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, you can book a session on our scheduling page at one of our offices in Edina, St. Cloud, Plymouth, or Richfield.

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