THERAPY FOR MEN IN NEW YORK CITY
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Therapy for Men in NYC
Getting support isn’t a sign of weakness, but of personal empowerment towards profound change.
Our culture in western society has fostered and left many men with questions regarding personal identity. Men are taught from childhood to hide their feelings and weaknesses in favor of remaining stoic and in control at all times. This belief system that men are somehow less manly or weak for showing emotions or expressing their feelings has caused generations of men to question their inner experience and struggle to make meaning in their lives.
Left unresolved or unaddressed, past wounds and other issues may manifest as mental health issues later on. Depression and anxiety often accompany this search for understanding in how to solve their own problems. Men ages 15-24 and over the age of sixty are more likely to commit suicide compared to the rest of the population.
Despite being taught “to go it alone” many men find that they do in fact need support for the challenges that life brings them. Men may experience different concerns in the various aspects and stages of their lives which are valid and worth exploring.
18-30: What you may be experiencing
Feeling lonely or isolated despite remaining technologically connected 24/7
Feeling directionless or having trouble finding meaning or purpose in daily life
Feeling like an outsider or imposter despite academic or career achievements
Difficulty finding one’s way or identity outside of family or relationships
Trouble owning autonomy and independence from family of origin
Feeling “stuck” or stagnant that life isn’t going as it should
Struggles with emotional intimacy and commitment
30-50: What you may be experiencing
Feelings of unease or discomfort associated with aging including anxiety, sadness, or depression
Struggling to cope with a new identity whether it be career, retirement, or as a parent
Intense feelings of nostalgia for your younger years
Thinking your best years are behind you
Feeling unfulfilled, empty, or bored with life
Desire to make impulsive changes or out of character decisions
50+: What you may be experiencing
Difficulty coping with the physical and emotional effects of maturity
Difficulty relating to others, especially younger generations
Feeling diminished, overlooked, or brushed aside
Loss of potency or desire
Trouble relating to children or partners
Crises of self and identity
Feeling in competition with other men and women
Trouble finding meaning in life after retirement or raising children
Existential worry or dread
Hopelessness about the future
Feeling like you’re a burden on others
Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
While each man’s experience and struggles are unique, it’s helpful to remember that you’re not alone. The first step towards healing is reaching out, and it takes strength and courage to seek outside support. Regardless of what you were told, you no longer have to suffer in silence.
THERAPISTS WHO CAN HELP
NYC Therapists Who Specialize in Therapy for Men’s Issues
Connecting with the right therapist is the most important factor in your search. We’re here to help you find a great match.
How can therapy help?
Therapy can lead to positive, lasting change.
For men who struggle, seeking therapy can be a productive outlet to work through negative feelings, learn effective coping skills, and cultivate new meaning in your life. There are many psychotherapeutic approaches to helping men, regardless of the concern or life stage, including:
Insight-Oriented Therapy (Psychodynamic)
Insight-oriented therapy is based on the belief that through increased consciousness we can create new life experiences. This therapeutic process involves the therapist and client exploring and gaining a better understanding of how feelings, beliefs, actions, and events from the past may be influencing our current mindset and circumstances. The goal of insight-oriented therapy is to empower you with a sense of clarity so that you have the freedom to make new, adaptive, and healthier choices that support your continuing growth.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This process is focused on addressing thought patterns, physical symptoms, and behaviors. Research shows that CBT is a very effective form of treating a variety of issues. Through compassionate and supportive care, we hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable in starting the process toward growth and reducing the feelings of depression and anxiety you may be feeling.
Through consistent practice, like meditation, we become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. Mindfulness teaches us to shift our attention away from negative thought patterns that lead to the unsatisfactory and problematic thoughts and behaviors and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can be used alone or combined with insight-oriented therapy and CBT.
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