Burdened by pressure to appear strong and confident, young men are often carrying silent emotional pain. They struggle to know who they are, what they feel, and how to create a meaningful life.
Obsessive gaming, pornography, partying, or a retreat into silence are just a few of the available means to fill the void. Making matters worse, they often have few adult men with skill and willingness to journey with them.
Therapy can help.
I work with young men to build skill in understanding their internal world. I help them build mastery in managing their thoughts and feelings. We also work to build skills in transforming distant, unsatisfying relationships – often a foundation of their anxiety or depression - into meaningful, healthy relationships. I have found that addressing and resolving these core issues often corresponds with reductions in risky behaviors, depression/anxiety symptoms, and family conflict.