The Foundation not only encouraging men to come forward and share their worries by talking, but also to consider a rewarding career as a counsellor.
By encouraging our dads, sons, brothers, uncles, friends to open up and talk, we aim to address the pressures of masculine expectations across our different cultures. Mental health doesn’t discriminate and through education and working together, we can help reduce the stigma and attached with men talking about their emotions which is often directly linked to male suicide.
One of our current male students Luke, shares his own experience of what it’s like to study on our Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling course. He explores the impact of the course on his own belief system about the importance of men being able to open up.
Foundation Certificate student 2020
I was inspired to study counselling, by lots of factors from my degree in psychology, seeing mental health damage in my trade as a journalist, volunteering as a Samaritan and seeing the struggles out there.
Also having my own children has helped me see that the next generation’s youth, with information overload and life pace, are going to have a real challenge if they can’t express themselves properly.
Since starting the course I’ve become more aware of the public focus on mental health, especially for men. While I still feel it’s a work-in-progress for men to be more open with feelings, leaders are beginning to emerge that speak their minds – making it feel alright for others to do so.
The warmth of the public is clear from the way celebrities who open up about issues are treated with kind words. Where, perhaps in the past, the focus would have remained on their issues and not their bravery. It’s that shift in the media, which is helping change perspectives.
I was from a boys-don’t-cry upbringing where “men are men”. To speak more openly about feelings has given me a tremendous amount of freedom and the ability to find closeness in relationships with friends and family that I didn’t have access to before.
Admittedly it can still feel like an exposing process, but backed by the awareness of other men trying to take the same steps into that new space, it helps give me bravery to know it’s not only good for me but can help others find their way there also.
This course gives you the ability to see life, relationships and society in a new light. It offers a language to help you understand a part of yourself more deeply and clearly than, perhaps, you did before. This, in turn, helps you see that in others – allowing you to better connect, help and bond with people. I’ve felt far more at ease with myself, expressing openly, than I did previously. It’s a constantly adjusting process of growth but one that feels like it has deep roots in the Counselling Foundation’s solid base.
I went down the psychodynamic route specifically as I see that as the most rigorous of methods which fixes the root of problems and empowers people to continue working on themselves even after the formal counselling has come to a close.
Enroll now to study September 2020
If you’re looking to make a difference in your community, our one year Foundation Certificate in psychodynamic counselling can give you an unique insight into the psychology behind some of our actions and how the past influences a lot of the decisions we make today.
Locations: Clapham, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City, Luton and Bedford.
Times: Morning session: 10am-1:30pm | Evening session: 6.00pm-9:30pmTags: counselling training centre, psychodynamic