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At one point in my career, I worked as an elementary school counselor. I became acutely aware of the large number of boys who struggled in school and wanted to know how I could intervene and help them. I had the good fortune to attend an in-depth, relevant and powerful workshop called Real Boys by Dr. William Pollack.  At the time, my son was about 5 years old, so I also had a very personal reason to understand what led to so many issues men experienced and learn how to raise a healthy boy. In his book, Dr. Pollack describes how we socialize young male children to toughen up at an early age and to hide their emotions behind a mask of masculinity.  He believes that many of the issues men face as adults such as; substance use/abuse, relationship problems, anger, aggression, domestic violence, school/career adjustment challenges, and mental/physical health concerns i.e., higher levels of depression, anxiety, and suicide, can be traced back to these early messages boys receive growing up.  This knowledge has greatly informed my work in providing therapy to male teens and men.

If you find yourself stuck in these areas:

  • Fatherhood & child rearing

  • Career demands, work/life/family balance

  • Intimate relationships

  • Emotional escape through excessive use of food, drugs, alcohol, sex, spending

  • Financial worries

  • Emotional outbursts, anger, or irritability

  • Inability to experience and express the full range of emotions; sadness, hurt

  • Accusations of being selfish or self-absorbed, arrogant.

  • Feeling emotionally overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious 

  • Self-esteem

  • Family of origin experiences, divorce, death of a loved one.

Please call me, psychotherapy can help you understand and “normalize” how you became the person you are. Improving the ways, you treat yourself and others, is a sign of strength, not weakness.