coaching for Men & Relational Workshop
Common men’s issues
Anger and irritability. Often men are taught to hide more vulnerable emotions such as hurt or sadness and instead express anger and lash out. This may be the only way they have learned to communicate they are hurting. However, anger can have disastrous effects on relationships. Psychotherapy can help men let go of problematic anger and instead express the vulnerability needed to have fulfilling relationships.
Intimacy and affection. Stereotypical male ways of expressing love are to “do stuff” for their partner. This could be buying something, fixing something, or attempting to solve problems for their significant other. Sometimes this is not helpful to create closeness in romantic relationships.
Numbing or pushing away emotions. Some men may have been raised in environments where the very experience of an emotion was unacceptable. This can result in attempts to avoid or control emotions. For example, drug/alcohol use, ending relationships, physical altercations, devaluing the importance of loved ones, or keeping people at a distance can be ways to avoid uncomfortable feelings. Therapy can help men identify, learn to deal with, and effectively express emotions in ways that that are more adaptive and can help preserve and strengthen relationships.
Intimate relationships are challenging, and they can feel even more so for men. Cultural norms and expectations have demanded one set of behaviors from men, however, once men find themselves in an intimate relationship they may discover that those initially learned behaviors, leave them ill-equipped in navigating the emotional landscape, and engagement necessary, for a mutually shared connection with their partner.
The goal of this group is to assist men in developing a keen awareness of how successful relationships function, and the theories and research that support best practices for nourishing relational contentment.
Each session will present a particular framework for viewing and understanding what may either detract or support a healthy relational style. Those frameworks included:
The Nature of Primary and Secondary Emotions
Each session of the four-week program will proceed with the following structure:
A brief period of meditation
An Introduction of a pertinent topic related to relational dynamics
A mediated open forum for discussion and sharing of experiences related to participants primary intimate relationship (present and/or past)
*The workshop will consist of four sessions over a four-week period and are held on Saturday mornings. The workshop will commence when minimum available slots are filled.
Please use the contact information below to register, or for any questions, you may have.
In lieu of workshop availability, individual coaching for men navigating their relationship, or difficulty in their lives is a core component of our work at BCT.