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At the Men's Life Skills Center, we practice what is called Gay-Affirmative Therapy.  This therapy model assumes that being gay is not “the problem”, but living with additional social pressures and homophobia in our culture can make existing problems worse.  Gay-Affirmative Therapy puts you, and the challenges you’re trying to resolve, in a gay-positive social context.  Unlike straight therapists, our staff of openly gay male specialist therapists understand all the cultural and social issues that gay men face, first-hand.  It’s not just our job, it’s our lives.  You save time by not having to explain terminology or other gay men’s cultural issues.  This saves you time (and money) to get to the heart of the issues, and get relief faster.  While our staff works with lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people, our focus is not just broadly “LGBT”.  We are specifically experts in working with adult gay men, and this has been an area of specialization and focus of our clinical work, research, teaching, writing, and speaking, and in the case of Ken Howard, LCSW, for over 20 years.  No other therapist in Los Angeles can claim this.

At the Men's Life Skills Center, we respect the investment of time, energy, and money you make to undergo therapy sessions, and we strive to give value to each and every session we work in together.  You will always receive the personalized service you deserve.

The one constant in life is change.  Managing your life, building a career, developing satisfying relationships, and taking care of your emotional and physical health are things to strive for, to bring you a sense of meaning, purpose, and contentment to your life.

But sometimes things don’t quite work out as planned, and you’re faced with having to handle the situation, sometimes feeling like you’re doing it all by yourself.  You’re trying to handle a life challenge, but you’ve lost control of the problem and are feeling confused. You may have trouble falling asleep over it, or you may have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. Maybe you feel anxious and worried about the future, and how these problems are going to work out.  You could be having conflicts with people, including others you care about.  Maybe you’re sad and frustrated because you just don’t like yourself very much these days.

Individual therapy can help you resolve current life challenges and relationship struggles.

When facing life challenges of many kinds, loving yourself and managing your life sometimes means reaching out for help.  During hard times, a caring professional therapist can help you see your problems from a different point of view, help you see things in a different light, gain new insights, and teach you new strategies for coping with your challenges that will guide you to faster resolutions.

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For more information in a free, 15-minute phone consultation, or to make an appointment, call 310-726-4357.