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25th June 2019 
For Men #01

For Men

For Men #02

Although it is changing, there are still cultural issues that can affect how easy it is for men to talk about problems. Women often have a close network of friends to call on when things get tough. Men may have lots of friends but sometimes none with whom they would feel comfortable sharing their real thoughts and feeling. For some men, it's difficult to imagine how just talking can help anyway.

Even if you are happy to talk to family and friends, talking to someone independent, with no agenda or involvement can help.

For Men #03

In my work with the fire-fighters of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, I meet many men who don't think that counselling is for them. Some men, particularly those unused to talking about themselves, worry that they won't know what to say. It's my job to make that easier and by the end of the first session, my clients (of both genders) are usually surprised by how much they have said and how easy it was.

For Men #04

What kind of men come for counselling?

For Men #05

I see men from all walks of life from farmers to CEOs, from self made millionaires to unemployed artists. My approach is exactly the same for both men and women: in both cases I adapt the style of the therapy to suit the needs and style of the client. For some men (and some women) this means that I also draw on a range of coaching models kept up to date through my work with businesses and public sector organisations.

So can talking really help?

For Men #06

Research Findings

  • "There is unequivocal evidence that, on average, psychological therapies have a positive effect of people's mental health and wellbeing"
  • "Improvements tend to be maintained one or two years after therapy has ended"
  • "Talking therapies are generally as effective as pharmacological treatments for psychological distress and seem to have lower relapse and dropout rates"
  • "Overall the average impact of counselling and psychotherapy is large with a mean effect size of 0.8 (compared to many surgical or medical procedure which have an average effect size of 0.5)"
    From: Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy by Mick Cooper

  • What do men come for counselling for?

    For Men #07

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Work related stress
  • Lack of job satisfaction
  • Trauma
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Stuck in a rut
  • Loss of meaning or purpose
  • Bereavement

  • If you want more than talking

    If you would prefer to do something as well as talk about the problem, take a look at eMotion for information on how to maximise your results by combining traditional talking techniques with bespoke exercise or activity. click here for more information

    For Men #08