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  • Writer's pictureQuique Autrey

Fellas, Ready to “Man Up?”

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Hello! My name is Rayshawn Ledet (He/Him) but you can call me Ray. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. I provide therapy services to teenagers and adults.

My Message to Men

Have you heard this before?

“As a man, we’re not allowed to show our emotions.”

How about this one?

“I’m considered weak If I need help.”

What about this?

“Man up!”

Let me remind you… you’re not “weak” for seeking therapy. You’re not “less than” for seeking therapy.

We're Human Too

You’re human.

Humans have emotions. By going to therapy, you’re doing the most vital, productive thing possible. You are addressing any issues or concerns you may have. You are learning how to control your response to emotions. You are improving your quality of life.

Everyone isn’t born into an ideal family where we’re taught how to manage our emotions in an effective manner.

In society, men learn to manage their emotions in a way that can be to their detriment. Such as bottling up how they feel. Without a healthy outlet, men suppress their emotions. This will influence our behavior/actions in an undesirable way.

Imagine shaking up a bottle of soda. The moment you twist it, you hear a “hissing” sound. If you continue to turn and remove the cap, the soda starts to shoot and pour out like a volcano! Now, there’s a “mess” to clean up.

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The Mask We Wear

How many times did you have to wear a mask to hide or suppress how you felt in those moments? How often did you have to bottle things up when having a conversation with someone at work? Or with your partner? This is difficult without a healthy outlet to process those lingering emotions.

You’re a man! How do I know?

Men do things to improve their situation. The fact that you’re reading this shows that you’re taking the necessary steps. It shows you want to improve your situation and quality of life as a whole.

Way to “Man up!”

Listed below are some of the common (But not limited to) reasons why men seek therapy:

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Difficulty coping in healthy ways

  • Difficulty handling/managing conflict

  • Difficulty processing their thoughts and emotions

  • Difficulty finding their “purpose”

  • Feeling like a “Failure”

  • Identity-related issues

  • Interpersonal issues (Friends, Family, Partner, Co-workers, etc.)

  • Life stressors

  • Life transitions

  • Relationship issues

  • Self-esteem issues/Lacking confidence

  • Sexual performance-related issues

  • Substance use-related issues

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What are the steps to this “therapy thing?”

First, you will schedule a consultation with a therapist to see if you’re the right fit for each other. Most consultations are free! If you're a good fit, you can schedule your first appointment.

Before the first session, you will fill out intake forms.

From there, all you have to do is show up and you and your therapist will go from there.

The Past is the Past. Now Is The Right Time To Create a Better Tomorrow

Because you can do something alone doesn’t mean you have to. Especially when you have someone that wants to support you. After all, iron sharpens iron. We want to help you. You got this!

Way to “Man Up!”

Contact Ray:

Phone number: (609) 285-8717

Therapy For Men Can Help

Therapy for Men can help you as a guy open up. One of the ways to help you identify your emotions is by signing up for therapy for men. A male therapist is someone your son can trust and develop a relationship with.

A male therapist can also work with you to develop goals and healthy coping strategies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective ways to work with men. CBT is a short-term, problem focused approach. CBT is effective at treating a variety of problems.

Start Your Therapy For Men Journey with Quique Autrey: Katy, Tx & Houston

You do not have to do this alone. If you don't know what to do next, please contact me and set up your first appointment. I am here to help. I can work with you to bring healing and hope. I'm just off of I-10 and 99. I am centrally located for those living in Katy and Houston. To start your therapy for men, follow these simple steps: 1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling. 2. Schedule your first appointment with Quique Autrey. 3. Begin your therapy for men journey and start healing. You are not defined by your struggles. I want you to realize your true worth and potential. I want you to embrace a bright future. Imagine what life will look like for you free of struggles.​ The mission at Katy Teen & Family Counseling is to restore hope, happiness, and connected family relationships. I look forward to starting this process of hope and healing with you!

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