Most men struggle with the symptoms of their mental health. A man, for example, may be angry, aggressive or irritable and have no understanding of why. Societal norms often make it difficult for men to cry, talk or seek help. As a result, men are more likely to seek refuge in alcohol or other addictive behaviours. Whilst there are no male-specific issues, common issues reported by men seeking counselling include:
Men will often only seek help when they are experiencing a crisis. Men tend to think that seeking help is a sign of weakness – when in fact it is quite the opposite. It takes courage to face and challenge your issues. Coupled with this is the fact that men may require a different approach to counselling. This is because:
Our approach at Oldcastle Counselling Centre aims to remove these obstacles from the counselling process and to help men engage with their own lives and relationships to participate in positive and lasting change.