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 Grand Junction Counseling 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.
If you are wanting to meet with Stephen Anthony, there are two ways to setup an appointment with him: 1) Fill out the Contact Form and he will call you with 24-hours; 2) Call our offices at (970) 640-2428.