Encouraging Men to Embrace Psychological Therapy

In a society where mental health stigma still looms large, men often find themselves grappling with the idea of seeking help through psychological therapy. Misconceptions and myths surrounding therapy can further deter men from taking the crucial step towards mental well-being. What are some of these myths and how can men be encourage men to prioritise their mental health through therapy.

Myth 1: Therapy is only for the weak

Contrary to popular belief, seeking therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. It takes courage to confront one’s inner struggles and work towards personal growth. Therapy provides a safe space for men to address their emotions, traumas, and challenges in a constructive manner.

Myth 2: Therapy is only for those with severe mental illness

Therapy is not solely reserved for individuals with severe mental health issues. It is a valuable tool for anyone facing life’s challenges, be it stress, relationship issues, work pressure, or self-improvement goals. Men can benefit greatly from therapy by developing healthier coping mechanisms and enhancing their emotional intelligence.

Myth 3: Men should tough it out and not show vulnerability

Society often imposes rigid gender norms that discourage men from showing vulnerability or seeking help. However, vulnerability is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of authenticity and courage. Therapy allows men to explore their emotions, understand their thought patterns, and cultivate self-awareness without judgment.

Myth 4: Therapy is a one-size-fits-all solution

Every individual is unique, and therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of each person. Men can choose from a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behaviorral therapy, psychoanalysis, or mindfulness-based therapy, and many others, based on their preferences and goals. The flexibility of therapy ensures that men can find an approach that resonates with them.

Encouraging Men to Embrace Therapy

It’s time to break free from the shackles of stigma and embrace the transformative power of therapy. Men deserve to prioritise their mental health and well-being just as much as their physical health. By seeking therapy, men can cultivate resilience, improve their relationships, and lead more fulfilling lives.

Remember, whilst it might seem to have become a cliché, it has an obvious truth to it – it really is ‘OK to not be OK’! Seeking help is a courageous step towards self-improvement and personal growth. Let’s challenge the myths, shatter the stigma, and encourage men to take charge of their mental health through therapy. Your well-being matters, and therapy can be the key to unlocking a healthier, happier you.


Until next time, stay mindful.  Dr Steve.

Men’s Mental Health Blog Series

Demystifying Motivation: The Power of Commitment and Discipline for Men

In a world that often glorifies motivation as the ultimate catalyst for success, it’s time to delve deeper into the myth that surrounds it, especially when it comes to men. While motivation can kickstart our journey towards our goals, it is commitment and discipline that truly sustain the momentum and drive us forward.

As men, we are often conditioned to believe that motivation is the key to unlocking our full potential. We are told that we need to constantly seek external sources of inspiration to fuel our ambitions. However, the truth is that motivation is fleeting – it comes and goes like the tides. To truly achieve and sustain something takes more than just the initial burst of motivation – it often requires the unwavering commitment to our goals and the discipline to show up day after day, even when the initial excitement wears off.

Commitment is the foundation upon which success is built. It is the promise we make to ourselves to stay dedicated to our values and our goals, no matter what obstacles may come our way. It requires resilience, perseverance, and a steadfast belief in our ability to achieve what we set out to do. Without commitment, motivation alone is like a ship without a rudder – drifting aimlessly in a sea of distractions and setbacks.

Discipline, on the other hand, is the bridge that connects our commitment to our actions. It is the daily practice of showing up, putting in the work, and making the necessary sacrifices to move closer to our goals. Discipline is not always glamorous or exciting; it often requires us to do the things we don’t feel like doing, to push through discomfort, and to stay focused on the long-term rewards rather than the short-term gratification.

As men, we are capable of incredible feats when we harness the power of commitment and discipline. Whether it’s in our careers, relationships, health, or personal growth, these qualities are the true markers of our strength and character. So, let us shift our focus from seeking fleeting moments of motivation to cultivating a mindset of unwavering commitment and relentless discipline, guided by our values. Let us embrace the challenges, the setbacks, and the moments of doubt as opportunities to prove our resilience and grow stronger.

In conclusion, the myth of motivation for men is just that – a myth. True success is not built on bursts of inspiration, but on the solid foundation of commitment and discipline. So, let us rise to the challenge, let us embrace the journey, and let us show the world what we are truly capable of when we commit ourselves wholeheartedly to our values and goals and approach them with unwavering discipline, even if the waters are rough and we feel ourselves pulled off course.  Refocusing and getting back on track is all part of discipline.

BPS Report (summary): The nature of hypnosis

I have recently started a Practitioner Diploma in Hypnotherapy, and I intend to incorporate hypnotherapy into my private practice after I qualify.  In the meantime, I intend to publish some posts that discuss the effectiveness and possible mechanisms of hypnosis/hypnotherapy. I’ll start with a synopsis of a comprehensive report by the British Psychological Society (see link below).


BPS Report (summary): The nature of hypnosis