Men's Counseling

"Masculine is only masculine in
the presence of something
more feminine than itself."

-Eric Neuman


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Is there a man alive who has not been blindsided by a funk that jeopardizes his happiness, sense of purpose and meaning, and his intimate relationships? Moods are a phenomenon particular to men. To some degree, every modern man has suffered them.

A mood can be thought of as a man's unconscious response to an uprush of emotion, which he typically characterizes as feminine and therefore tries to disregard. Our culture demands that a man be strong and rational; so when he feels vulnerable and emotional (feminine, to his way of thinking) he tries to suppress his feelings. He doesn't respect that kind of affect in others and hates it in himself.

But that unlived feminine life in a man demands its place. If it can't get it legitimately (through conscious acknowledgment of feeling), it will come through illegitimately and present symptomatically as a mood.

Many men today try to survive without acknowledging any inner life at all. We often act as though there were no inner dimension, no realm of the soul. We try to meet our needs completely with the external, material realm. But when we ignore our inner needs, our outer life becomes toxic-leading to frustrations with relationships, communication, conflict, anger and depression.

In the '80s, Glen began delving into the core issues of masculine psychology by participating in workshops, conferences, seminars, and retreats with many of the founding fathers of the contemporary men's movement: Sam Keen, Robert Bly, Michael Meade, Robert Johnson.

Since that time, Glen has made active contributions to the men's movement, which today, offers guidance in such practical matters as divorce and child custody issues, male victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment, and gender specific medical diseases and psychological hurdles.

Mid-life transitions, for example, play out in particular patterns unique to men. A large part of most masculine mid-life crises comes as a result of having disciplined oneself into a crippling stalemate. Just as the Vatican made a Holy Quaternity by adding Mary to the masculine Trinity; just as Batman, Robin, and Alfred needed Batgirl to restore balance to their team; so is the task of masculinity at midlife to set a place at the interior table for the long awaited return of the feminine.

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