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We help men, young and old develop a heightened self-awareness about their thoughts and their self talk. It’s about being conscious in our choices and our actions, it’s about being present to life in each moment, embracing who we are and what we bring to the world around us. Don’t hesitate to contact us today if any of this resonates with you, or if you need help with any of the following issues:

Anger Management:

Anger is a perfectly normal human emotion and feeling angry is okay, but it needs to be channeled in a healthy way. The term “anger management” refers to skills designed to help a person gain control of excessive anger or rage. While expressing anger can be a healthy release of frustration, uncontrolled rage – such as a fist through the wall, things thrown about, cars or bikes driven erratically – can lead to family problems, health issues, job difficulties, legal problems and worse. Because guys are socialized to be more comfortable with expressing anger than with expressing other emotions, we are at risk of transforming all negative feelings into anger. This isn’t the way it needs to be.

We help guys understand the emotional dynamics of anger, deconstruct negative and distorted thought patterns, and identify triggers. We assist them in learning to handle conflict situations and teach them how to manage their feelings, all toward the goal of producing healthier outcomes. 

Men and Intimacy:

Intimacy is an important component for a loving, healthy and caring relationship, but some men struggle as many are socialized to appear strong and in control.  This perceived need for men to hide any weakness can interfere with our ability to experience a real closeness, since real intimacy always involves some degree of vulnerability. Guys often confuse sex and intimacy which are not the same thing. Intimacy is a skill that requires practice.

We help to increase a man’s awareness and understanding so he doesn’t abandon relationships. Whilst assisting him in developing an ‘emotional vocabulary’ which would allow him to feel more comfortable talking with his partner.

Domestic Violence:

The term doesn’t always mean physical violence; and it isn’t always directed at women, men can be victims too. Abuse is non-discriminating: it can happen regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, social-economic status, culture or occupation. It could be name-calling; telling your partner she’s worthless or a bad mother. It could be controlling behavior; finding ways to keep your partner from doing what he wants to do by taking his car keys, or tracking his communications by checking his cell phone or social media accounts. It could be economical; not allowing your partner to have access to finances. It could be through intimidation; yelling or slamming doors. Or, it could be isolating; keeping your partner from family and friends. And, yes, it can mean physical violence.

We help men who are victims and men who themselves are abusive and/or controlling. We want to help and guide you along the road toward more loving, respectful, intimate and satisfying relationships.

Substance Abuse & Addiction:

We’ve all seen the effects of substance abuse and addiction, whether in the news or within our own circle of friends and family. An addiction is a persistent need to consume a substance or commit an act. This could include gambling, substance abuse, hoarding, cell phone, eating issues and other behaviours. Any compulsive behaviour can become an addiction when the act is no longer able to be controlled and impair a person’s ability to function socially, academically or professionally.

Here at MASC, we teach the basics of addiction, relapse prevention and recovery in a supportive and caring environment.

Family Dynamics:

Family dynamics addresses the many issues that come into play between ourselves and our families. Maybe your father is the last person you want to be like and yet, you can’t get away from his influence. Or your mother’s voice keeps you in check; away from succeeding or being happy with your life. You said you would never be like certain relatives, and yet, here you are, acting just like them. Some of us are struggling with blended family challenges or ongoing relationships with siblings or parents. Family ties are strong emotional ties.

MASC provides assistance that addresses many issues family dynamics can bring into play and helps you establish healthy relationships with the people who have left their imprint upon you and the ones you’re trying to build relations with today.

Managing Stress:

Managing the stress of finances, employment, education, and relationships can weigh heavily and have an adverse effect on men’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. 

We are here to help men better manage stress and regain their lives.

Being a Good Father:

Being a good father means more these days than just bringing home the paycheck or providing the discipline. The role of the father has shifted and changed over the years, we are being asked to take on a nurturing role which is a good thing. This isn’t often an easy transition as guys often haven’t been trained to be nurturers.

Here at MASC, we believe fatherhood is one of men’s most important jobs. The services we provide will help you do that job with skill, love and grace.

Anxiety and Depression:

In a world in which men have for so long been expected to be strong and silent, those with anxiety or depression might hold those feelings tight and self-medicate. This can lead to addictions, violence, relationship problems, and other debilitating behaviors.

We provide services designed to help men recognize and treat the causes of their anxiety and depression in a safe and supporting environment. We believe it isn’t “unmanly” to struggle with depression or anxiety; it’s just a human condition. Asking for help is courageous and good self-care.

Marriage or Relationship Counselling:

Many men do not recognize the warning signs that their relationship is in trouble, or ignore them altogether in the hope that things will get better. Relationships are so important and yet sometimes, we know so little about what it takes to make them work.

We can help guys navigate some of the pitfalls in relationships and foster balance by increasing the positive moments and reducing the negative ones. It’s not fighting that damages a relationship, but how we fight.

Grief, Loss and Bereavement:

We all experience loss at some point in life, and grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Men are more than likely to grieve in isolation or engage in activities to distract them from thinking or dealing with loss.  

Grief varies between individuals and here at MASC we can support you as you go through the various stages and help you process the wide range of emotions and feelings.

Shouldn't men keep their feelings to themselves?

This is a myth that has been instilled in male culture since the Jurassic Period, but that doesn't make it true. In reality, it's very important for guys to talk about their feelings, because keeping them bottled up only makes them worse. It's time men start sharing their feelings with their friends and family members.

WHEN A PERSON DIES BY SUICIDE, IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PERSON'S CHARACTER?

There's nothing inherently wrong with the personality or character of a person who dies by suicide. However, 90% of the time, there is an underlying sickness in the brain. And, like any organ, such as the heart, liver or kidneys, when the brain gets sick too often, it can lead to some life-threatening consequences.

CAN'T I JUST FIX MY PROBLEMS BY MYSELF?

As you know, men are the ultimate do-it-themselvers. So, it's only natural that many of them believe they can fix their emotional, behavioral and mental problems themselves. With mental disorders like depression and anxiety, trying to fix them without professional assistance is like trying to heal a broken femur without a surgeon.

ISN'T THERE SOME KIND OF PILL I CAN TAKE TO FIX MY DEPRESSION?

Unfortunately, it's not that easy. While medication can play an important role in treating depression, it's important that you combine medication with professional treatment from a real man therapist.

IS PUNCHING SOMETHING OR SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS A GOOD WAY TO RELEASE ANGER?

It's commonly believed that doing these activities (called catharsis) is a good way to prevent anger from boiling over. Unfortunately, it is not true. Studies show that people who release anger in this violent manner actually begin to associate anger with violence and become even more aggressive. If you are feeling angry, it's best to take a 5-minute timeout and let your anger pass.

DO PEOPLE WHO ABUSE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL JUST SUFFER FROM A LACK OF WILLPOWER?

Unlike other temptations, such as chocolate cake and Internet porn, alcohol and drugs are different kinds of temptresses. They can actually cause significant changes in the brain that lead to dependency.

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