Therapy for Women
Women’s issues in counseling may include concerns related to gender stereotypes within the workplace, biological, social, and environmental challenges that can have a significant impact on your mental health and well-being. There is a vulnerability factor for women placing them at a higher of developing a mental illness. Women are likely to view themselves more negatively than men. Research indicates women are more likely to suffer with the following common mental health concerns Depression, Anxiety, Postpartum depression, Postpartum psychosis, Post-traumatic stress, Eating disorders, Borderline personality disorders, Mood-related disorders and self harming behaviors. Other factors contributing to mental health issues in women are related to sexism/oppression, abuse/intimate partner violence and adverse portrayal in society and in the media. A final issue facing women is that of motherhood and subsequent aging. The cycle of pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and aging sometimes can cause emotional challenges for women. With those challenges some women experience a range of concerns related to sex and sexuality.
Therapy for Men
Statistically, men do not typically seek counseling. When they do common areas of concerns are depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship concerns. Other common issues reported by men in therapy include: anger, stress, work adjustment, substance dependence or addiction, other forms of addiction i.e. gambling, sexually explicit material, gaming, body image issues, or lack of motivation. It is not uncommon for men to experience fear and shame associated with the preconceived notion of the man’s role in the family. About 1/3 of the people in therapy are men. Men are less likely to delay seeking counseling until they are in crisis.