Counseling and Coaching for Men
Did you know that men have the most health risk factors, yet are the least likely to seek help for their challenges? This message is for all you men out there to give yourself permission to take better care of yourself. Today many men are facing their worst enemy yet: Themselves. Despite wanting get more things done and do good deeds in the world, men are now neglecting the most important issue they will ever face: Their health. But more importantly, they're neglecting their mental health.
So just what IS mental health and well-being?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Nearly 20 percent of Americans aged 18 and older—around one in five adults—will experience a mental health problem this year. According to the claims data collected from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index (which includes over 40 million members), our mental health has a bigger impact than any other factor on our overall health and wellness. The BCBS Health Index measures the impact of more than 200 common diseases and conditions, and mental health (depression, anxiety and mood disorders) are having the greatest negative impact on Americans' health today. Substance use disorders have the fifth greatest impact, while hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol are also in the top five.
So when you or someone close to you starts to experience the early warning signs of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns, getting help is important. Counseling will help you see that there is hope for a brighter future, and change is possible if you take some specific steps to improve your life.
I realize that most men are ambivalent about seeking help, especially psychological help, so I provide personalized counseling approaches that speak directly to men’s issues and concerns. A lot of men can relate to having a coach to work with them on specific skills and techniques. My approach is direct and action-oriented, yet conversational and collaborative. It's a coach-like style that's familiar and comfortable. ~ Dan Kimball, MC LPC
If you have read this far, I invite you to go a bit further. If you are ready to start, or just want to learn more about what is available to you, I offer a free consultation for you to find out what might help you today.