Our mental health is as important as physical health, and avoiding addressing negative feelings can profoundly impact all aspects of life. Many people equate therapy with failure, but it's quite the opposite. Therapy is an act of self-love and self-care; it's an opportunity to work through your feelings and experiences in a safe space with someone to guide and support you.
Many people think of themselves as problem-solvers who resist help, while others feel they can't dedicate their time, energy, or effort to therapy. According to Harvard Health, men tend to struggle with expressing their emotions and asking for help.
Bottling up our emotions can be harmful to our health. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Rochester showed that people who suppressed their emotions elevated their risk of premature death by more than 30 percent and increased their risk of cancer diagnoses by 70 percent.
When to See a Therapist
The most common reason why men seek professional help is depression. Life situations, like jobs and relationships, can trigger symptoms of depression, such as lethargy, lack of interest, prolonged sadness, and stress.
Some men may even fret over financial anxieties about retirement, the death of a loved one, or loss of independence due to illness or aging. Suppressing or ignoring these feelings can lead to other health issues, such as insomnia, changes in memory, declining libido, rapid weight loss, and destructive behavior (opioid or alcohol dependence).
How Therapy Can Help You
While you may recognize when these changes occur, you may not know the root cause or how to approach a resolution. Fortunately, a licensed and experienced therapist can lend a helping hand and listening ear. Therapy can help you acknowledge and confront your emotions in a healthy and productive way.
Your therapist can help you establish goals and outline a strategy to meet your goals. This can include a combination of regular therapy sessions and "homework" between visits. Weekly therapy sessions are typically, but your specific therapy needs may require more or less frequent visits.
During your initial therapy session, you and the therapist can discuss a plan for what might work best for you, depending on your response to therapy. Over time, your needs may change, and your therapist can accommodate those needs. The goal is to find the right therapist for you, someone you can trust and guide you.
Would You Like to Schedule a Therapy Session?
At the Counseling Center of Cherry Creek, we offer individual therapy for all genders, including men. We aim to provide you with the tools and support you need to live a healthier, happier life. Please contact us today to schedule your initial session with one of our licensed therapists in Denver.