Counseling for Men in Austin, Texas
We live in a society where boys are often brought up to believe that they should never ask for help, that feelings are weakness, and that emotional and relational issues are problems to be solved through logic and rationale. Unfortunately, growing up with these beliefs can create men who struggle with personal relationships as well as their own inner thoughts and feelings.
We get it, it’s hard to ask for help. But it simply isn’t true that asking for help means that you are weak or have failed in any way. Actually, a true act of courage and bravery is allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to lean on someone else when you need it, be that friends, family, spouses, or professionals.
Everyone needs some help at times. Many men have developed long-standing defenses and other ways of coping with the challenges in their lives that interfere with their ability to enjoy satisfying relationships, realize their goals, and fully experience their lives.
At Relationships Matter Austin, we have experienced and skilled therapists who can help you understand how you get in your own way at times and provide you with real-world solutions.
We Understand and Want To Help You Solve the Problems That Men Face
As our culture shifts and we begin to better understand and value men’s vulnerability, increasing numbers of men are recognizing the importance of counseling and therapy to help work past their roadblocks. The stigma that used to be associated with counseling is rapidly diminishing, thanks in part to public figures, popular culture, and regular people just like you who have become more visible and forthcoming about their own experiences.
We are finally realizing that accepting help and seeking therapy doesn’t mean that there is something inherently “wrong” with us. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – it takes a great deal of strength to own our challenges and share them with someone else.
We’ve helped men in the Austin area deal these issues and more:
- Relationship issues
- Stress, which can sometimes present physically as body pains or as constant feelings of irritation and frustration
- Work adjustment issues, including procrastination, avoidance, anger, or success sabotage
- Depression, which can sometimes feel like boredom, lack of motivation, or a sensation of being “blank” or “stuck”
- Anxiety, which can appear as avoidance, worry, unease, and bodily sensations
Creating Deeper Meaning in Your Life and Relationships
What we know today about brain science and human behavior helps me to help you in generating wisdom around emotions and behaviors. Using this knowledge, we can help you to understand your actions, thoughts, and feelings. We are fortunate to live in a time when social norms and cultural expectations are changing and we have so much freedom to learn and express ourselves in ways that are healthy.
When we believe that certain behaviors or ideas are “masculine,” we can create problems not only within our own selves but also within our relationships. The insight you receive from your sessions at Relationships Matter Austin can help you deepen your understanding of potentially harmful beliefs and assumptions about gender and masculinity for improved emotional and relational health.
“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” – Shannon L. Alder
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