For many men, the idea of going to therapy, especially couple’s therapy, may seem like a waste of time. In truth, therapy is helpful to a lot of people and any shame or nervousness about going is ill-placed. For men, in particular, therapy can help with everything from anxiety to sexual dissatisfaction. For couples, it can help turn around a marriage or make it clear that a partnership is not going to work. Attending therapy is without a doubt a high stakes and emotional activity for parents, but there are profound benefits that emerge from confronting personal issues and discussing how to avoid putting one’s own baggage on a child.
Fatherly built this guide to therapy to help men considering trying it out (and encourage them to do so). Deciding what kind of therapist to see can be a confusing process, so we talked to tons of them, everyone from marriage counselors, sex coaches, child behaviorists, and more.