Working with men
The nature of counselling and talking about our feelings is at times not seen as a very masculine pursuit. Therefore, men who are experiencing emotional difficulties are often seen as weak in society.
We've all heard that ‘boys don’t cry’ and may therefore implicitly believe that men should not share their emotions. Because of these narratives, men tend to bottle things up and don't always know which emotions to be feeling and when they are supposed to be feeling them. It can become a confusing game and difficult to untangle the many 'shoulds'.
I have worked with a number of men to help in navigating this somewhat uncharted territory. To explore the unsaid and what has been held for too long. Through the work, we may discover some unknown depths of emotional strength. More than ever, I think therapy is an essential resource and important tool, for men, in the world we live in today.