Although men can experience a variety of issues, men do tend to have certain issues more than others. Issues seen more often in men include: substance abuse, anger management issues, impulse control problems, problems with intimacy, and sexual problems. Many men, in our culture, are socialized to not express their feelings, to deal with issues in a "logical or rational" way, and are taught that being vulnerable is a bad thing. It is not uncommon for some men not only to not share how they are feeling, but may not even know what they are feeling. There can be a disconnect when it comes to men knowing how they feel, opening up in their relationships, or allowing themselves to be sensitive. When emotions are not handled in a healthy manner or are repressed or denied, other behaviors can manifest. These behaviors are not always healthy or appropriate. Some of these mismanaged emotions and feelings can lead to addictions, compulsions, and avoidance behaviors. It is not surprising that some men feel safer expressing anger rather than hurt; that some men are working longer hours avoid dealing with issues at home; that false intimacy is created in relationships and vulnerability is avoided, or that addictions and compulsive behaviors are implemented in order to "numb out" or not feel certain feelings. There are counselors at Luminent who specialize in the area of men's issues. They are there to help identify and work toward your goals, by listening to you in a non-judgmental way, offering support, and providing psychoeducation on subjects relevant in your life.
What can you expect from telephone counseling?
Using the phone to talk with a counselor is not much different than what you could expect from an office visit. The therapy we offer at Healing Telephone Counselling, by way of the telephone, can be as effective, or even more effective, than the traditional in-office visits.
You may have anxieties or concerns about office visits and may not be as willing to open up and truly express your feelings and thoughts because it seems too overwhelming or intimidating to sit down, face-to-face with a counselor. By using the telephone, you can discuss without the self-consciousness you may experience sitting across from a mental health professional.
We have many professionals available to help you.
The first step to engaging in therapy is to select from our list of highly qualified professionals. You can do this by both choosing from the list of on this page, and reviewing the different the counselor's profile and listening to an audio introduction if available. Start gradually with a free consultation.
We offer a free 10 minute screening to ensure that you would like to work with that counselor, as it is important that you feel that there is a good match. Once you choose your therapist, you can begin therapy in a way that feels most comfortable to you.
It all starts with learning about your needs.
Your therapist may initially ask you questions about your concerns; explore how your issues are impacting your life, and what are some of your goals. You can choose the pace at which you want to go. This means you can slowly address your issues, or you can choose to share your problems in your initial phone session.
You can expect your counselor to be a non-judgmental, supportive individual. He or she may ask you questions about your thoughts and feelings, and help guide you to exploring issues surrounding your concerns. The counselors at Healing Telephone Counselling are invested in helping you to achieve the goals you would like. They can help provide knowledge and tools that enable you to deal more effectively with your problems.