Pacific Northwest Couples Therapy
Couples and Relationship Counseling in Seattle

We work with men to open up and develop the skills to enable emotional flexibility. These tools enable men to find a balance, manage their emotions, and interact with others in a healthy way.
Emotions can be overwhelming and flooding. As a man, a husband, or a father you have been influenced by cultural norms, social pressures, and a "guy code" that instills a distorted belief that sharing emotions lessens your masculinity. You may have experienced firsthand the messaging "don't be soft" or "toughen up." Over the years the results from exposure to one or many of these experiences may lead to a number of sideways behaviors. Ultimately, impacting your relationships and personal health. Additionally, the needs of your spouse, family, and social pressures add even more layers of difficulty to an already complicated situation.
I believe strongly that men benefit tremendously from developing a solid social and emotional foundation. The advantage from learning how to recognize, manage, and communicate our emotions has lifetime benefits. It's never to late to start! In addition it is essential for fathers to model, develop, and nurture both emotional and social skills with their sons and daughters as they mature into adulthood.Each of us are unique individuals who express ourselves in very different ways. There is not a right way to be rather there are signs and behaviors that we project to others that communicate we need help.
For men experiencing restricted emotions, anger and aggression are common signs along with isolating routines. On other occasions men also tend to mask their discomfort through a "stoic" demeanor. Physical signs and internal discomfort also provide emotional clues.

Examples of emotions that can cause dysfunction in your life are:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness towards others
  • Restricting anxiety in common social situations
  • Obsessive thinking or unwillingness to compromise with others
  • Unhealthy compulsive behavior that interfere with work, family, or social situations
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Unable to concentrate, feel restless, or on edge
  • Feeling regularly stressed from work or ongoing commitments
  • Need for alcohol or drugs to help cope
  • Engaging in unusual high-risk activities
  • Ongoing sadness or hopelessness
  • Feeling unusually flat or having trouble feeling positive for an extended period of time
  • Regular headaches, digestive issues, or unusual aches & pain
  • Isolating one self from family and friends 

If you find yourself or someone close to you experiencing one or several of the examples above for an extended period of time then give Tracy a call at 206-228-5753.

Therapy for Men

Attune, express and explore emotion

Call Us:  206-747-0817