Being a man is not always easy – especially in these times where gender roles have become much more blended and less defined than they may have been some fifty years back. Whilst men are still in many regards expected to be the breadwinners and the “rock” of the family – they are now also expected to be a domestic god, look after the kids, look like George Clooney and be the nurturer, protector, doctor, chef and chauffeur. So for many men, gone are the days when men put in a day’s work, came home to a cooked meal and put the bins out on Wednesdays.
All this responsibility can leave men feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed, angry, anxious, insecure, emasculated, with low self-esteem, tired and/or depressed. And to make matters even harder – men are still brought up to believe that “real men” don’t cry, to hold the stiff upper lip and don’t let their feelings out. It’s this kind of pressure that can cause men in particular to experience work stress, relationship and/or family conflict, financial strain - even sexual dysfunction.
Being unable to deal with these feelings – it’s not uncommon for men to internalise their feelings and “escape” by engaging in unhealthy behaviours such as substance abuse, aggressive outbursts, addictions, withdrawal and avoidance and in some cases even violence.
Probably not the stuff you’re likely to talk to your mates about…being a man is all about being tough and coping perfectly? Right?
Wrong. You have options…Living to your full potential sometimes means getting some help…
At Relieve Psychology, we have specialists who completely understand the pressures that men specifically often face on a day to day basis. And we know that facing issues by talking about them most certainly helps and we can provide strategies and coping mechanisms that empower you to deal with the stresses you are facing.
All consultations are confidential and you will be treated with care, empathy and respect.
To make an appointment call (03) 8394 3891 and get some relief!
You’re not on your own.
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Men's Mental Health Counselling Men’s issues can refer to a number of concerns that may affect mental or physical health and well-being and lead men to seek therapy. Statistically, men do not typically seek therapy in high numbers, but when they do, they generally report the same types of concerns that might lead anyone to seek therapy, such as depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship concerns.
Some mental health professionals may offer counseling services tailored to issues particularly relevant to men. A Source: GoodTherapy.org