Men’s Health Week – A Discussion On Therapy

With Men’s Health Week taking place this week, Associate Director Stuart Russell bares all in an open and honest discussion on therapy

I have been seeing a therapist for 6 years. My journey began after I volunteered for the charity “Mind” for a few years and saw first-hand how talking to a qualified professional can help individuals work things through and add so much value and growth to their mindset.

In my view, therapy and counselling are incredibly valuable tools for prevention rather than being the solution. Many people perceive therapy as something you only need when you’re going through a crisis or dealing with mental health issues, but it can be so much more than that.

I believe that everyone can benefit from talking to someone. Therapy offers a safe and confidential space to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. It allows you to gain self-awareness, develop coping strategies and foster personal growth. Even if you don’t have any immediate concerns, therapy can help you navigate life’s challenges more effectively and enhance your overall well-being.

I have experienced both couples and singles therapy. Couples Therapy can be a valuable tool to understand attachment styles and improve communication – your relationship does not have to be on the rocks to be improved in my opinion. Relationships are complex. Sometimes unresolved issues or differing attachment styles can create barriers to intimacy and understanding. A therapist can help both partners gain insight into their attachment patterns and identify areas for growth, whilst providing guidance on fostering a healthier connection and communication.

On the other hand, individual therapy provides a safe space for self-reflection, exploration and healing. Sometimes we carry burdens or experiences that we’re not comfortable discussing with friends or family. In these situations, a therapist can offer an impartial and non-judgmental ear, allowing you to process your thoughts and emotions in a supportive environment. It’s a space where you can freely express yourself, gain clarity, and work through personal challenges.

Ultimately, therapy and counselling can be a transformative experience. It’s a shame there is a huge misunderstood stigma around the terms (Therapy / Counselling) and perhaps even more so for men. 

Therapy offers an opportunity to deepen self-understanding, improve relationships and enhance overall well-being. It’s important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you and to approach the process with an open mind and willingness to engage in self-exploration. Seeking therapy doesn’t mean you’re weak or broken—it means you’re proactive about your mental health and personal growth.

Another important note to remember is you only get out what you put in. You must be completely open to get the best out of the conversations. I personally think it should be a compulsory requirement, even more so in the current world we live in.