[Episode 37 of the Intentional Clinician Podcast]
Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Adam Nash MA LPC about the process of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood as a man while understanding one’s own masculinity in the Western World. Adam and Paul share parts of their own stories which involve a series of ups and downs. They also discuss the works of Robert Bly, James Hillman, Richard Rohr, Carl Jung, and others who have made contributions to the topic of masculinity.
Paul and Adam note that in Western society there is a lack of male role models which has made defining “manhood” difficult for many individuals. Some other cultures today and many ancient cultures before us have a rite of passage for males which signifies the transition from childhood/adolescence to adulthood. These rituals often contained an existential component that is lacking in today’s Westernized society. When men are lacking these types of experiences, their egos can become unchecked, leading to many of the problems we see today. Paul and Adam suggest that counseling can be a great way to explore some of these issues as it relates to each individual’s experience. Meaning-making, existential purpose, and identity issues are at the core of what counseling can address.
Though society has been through many changes over the years, one thing remains–difficult things happen to everyone throughout their life. It is how we deal with these circumstances that affect our outlook on life. Self-awareness during rough times can bring about some of the most positive results: individuation, abstract thinking, and self-efficacy. If you are a male interested in exploring some of these issues, please contact Adam today!
Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.