I am a man.
I am a man and a psychologist.
I am a man in a field predominantly populated with women.
And though there is nothing at all inherently wrong with this, it is nice to have other men around the work place.
I was sitting in a training the other day at work, found myself gazing around the room, and realized that I was the only guy in the training.
Not a big deal, yet I have to admit, I felt a little out of place.
Immaturity on my part? Perhaps.
Insecurity on my part? Perhaps.
Just desiring a little male companionship on my part? More like it.
The male therapists I know are pretty awesome. And that’s an unbiased perspective, I have to say.
I’ve thinking about this topic ever since I interviewed Dan Griffin back in episode 129.
When I interviewed my guest this week, Nick Cardone, I was again reminded of this topic. I also thought of what it would be like to be a man in this field, and like Nick, specializing in treating other men.
Female therapists are wonderful.
(And yes, I know, not all are wonderful.)
My current therapist happens to be a woman. (She is very awesome.)
But there is a place for men in this field.
For those of you out there who love stats and all, I just found this from an APA article: which reported that for every male active psychologist, there were 2.1 female active psychologists in the workforce.
So, when I come across men in this field, and those who are specifically reaching out to other men, I applaud them.
So, go Nick Cardone.
Nick is a Counseling Therapist in private practice living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. For over 15 years, Nick’s has worked in community-based, not-for-profit, publicly funded, and private practice mental health settings with adolescents and adults.
This diverse background has informed his current focus as a therapist, which is that men and boys have unique needs when it comes to mental health and addictions work. He believes that, while stigma is indeed a barrier, more importantly, that the social constructs of masculinity play a deeper role, and the way we offer therapy needs to better align with the unique needs of men.
Nick has just completed a 2-year pilot project, funded by the Movember Foundation to address these special mental health needs and the shocking statistics around men and suicide. The T.O.N.E. Project (Therapy Outside Normal Environments) was a 3-month group that used outdoor, adventure and experiential methods combined with expressive modalities like art, music, and writing.
Attrition rates in mental health settings (group, individual, etc.) across North America are high (research says between 30 and 60%). The TONE Project had an attrition rate of one, which is pretty staggering (This works out to be 2.9% of total participants).
Nick’s primary goal is to share this vital work with clinicians and clients alike – that there are other ways we can work with the men and boys on our caseloads: whether sitting solo by a campfire with a journal, rock climbing, volunteering at a community garden, or creating music – men have other options for how therapy happens or where it takes place.