Brandon Cassels, MA, PhDc, LMFT
Licensed Psychotherapist CA#124516, CO#MFT.0002355, FL#TPMF926, HI#MFT-770, OR#T2217, UT#13305486-3902
Areas of Emphasis
Self-criticism and negative beliefs about ourselves can cripple our sense of self-worth and our ability to grow into the people we are meant to be. When we are in conflict with ourselves, we lose our ability to be confident in who we are. Therapy can help you develop a healthy relationship with yourself and can enable you to realize your full potential.
Sometimes, our desires and our preferences don’t always correspond with our self-image and the image that our friends and family have of us. Other times, we may feel misunderstood or shamed by those who mean the most to us. Sexuality is a very broad topic that requires gentle exploration and a curious, non-judgmental approach. The goal is be congruent with our sexual identity and to accept who we are as healthy, sexual beings.
SELF-ESTEEM / SELF-IMAGE
Anxiety and depression are very much a part of the human condition. However, when they become overwhelming and all-encompassing, we are unable to function as the people we need and want to be. Whether it’s unresolved issues from the past or everyday stressors occurring in the present moment, therapy can help mitigate the effects of anxiety and depression and help you gain insight into their origin and resolution.
Change can be difficult whether it is positive or negative. Many people seek therapy to explore how major life changes impact our mood and our sense of self. Therapy can help you make sense of your feelings in regards to the changes occurring in your life. These feelings may be difficult and painful to explore, but making sense of those feelings can promote personal growth and insight.
How we connect with others forms an integral part of our lives. Whether it is with family, friends, colleagues, or romantic partners, we have an innate desire to form bonds and to find satisfaction with our interpersonal relationships. However, relationships can be challenging and, oftentimes, they take work. When we examine how we relate to others, we gain insight into how we relate to ourselves and what we seek from our relations with others.
It is common for men not to want to talk about their issues or problems. In my experience, men tend to conform to societal expectations of masculinity, which may cause harm to our sense of self. Men often struggle to appear to be strong and stoic, which can be the cause of many emotional and physical health problems. Sometimes, working with a male therapist can help contribute significant insight into the issues that men experience. Accordingly, therapy can serve as a tool to empower men to feel confident in their identity and their masculinity.