Podcasts, Articles And Books for Men
Atlanta Men's Counseling Therapy Center
* The above artwork was commissioned by Daniel P. David, Ph.D., LCSW and was based on The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell.
Listen to our podcasts! Click here: Of Myths and Men: Candid Conversations For Men, By Men, and About Men's Issues through the Arts, Games, Music, and Films! We talk about how the psychology of men and how men can find direction, purpose, meaning, love, and success.
The psychology of men can be understood by the telling of age-old stories and myths. Both Carl Jung, founder of analytical depth psychology and Joseph Campbell, the American philosopher, teacher, and author of "The Hero of a Thousand Faces" understood the importance of the ancient-to-modern stories that shaped who we have become as a
Contrary to our modern use of the word "myths," myths were not lies or falsehoods as in "that's a myth" or like the show "Myth Busters." Instead, myths were stories, songs, or art about how people experienced and made sense of the world. Now in place of campfire stories about men who left the safety and comfort of their homes to go off to battle or explore new lands, our modern man tells stories through music, films, and art that not only entertains us, but also speaks to the deeper realms of our minds and inner beings.
Join therapists Dr. Daniel P. David and Jon A. Parker, MAMFT as they talk about the issues men face today and the messages found in our modern art forms. They emphasize the integration and transformation of traditional male psychology and archetypes into a more balanced, authentic, and healthier male identity.
Dr. David recommends that men read this foundational book: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover written by Moore and Gillette. He uses this book for men seeking to 1) better understand what it means to be a man, 2) improve self-identity and self-mastery, and 3) start the initiation process taking guys from boy psychology to mature male psychology.
The works of Moore and Gillette have deepened the understanding of Carl Jung's seminal works around male archetypes and the Shadow.
Regardless of your age, sexual orientation, or stage of life you are in, this book is a MUST for unlocking the essence of healthy male psychology on a deeply personal level.
Dr. David recommends: "To Be a Man" ~ a masterful guide for men seeking positive change and growth. Men's educational materials are hard to come by. I use this book and several others to help men develop a road map for renewal, recovery, and positive changes. I integrate these books into a man's personal "Hero's Journey" and renewed initiation into manhood as I work alongside his journey into his inner man through counseling therapy.
Atlanta Men's Counseling, Therapy, & Recovery Center
Atlanta Men's Counseling, Therapy, and Recovery Center offers men hope for change and a better life.
2342 Perimeter Park Rd
Atlanta, GA 30041
"Most men don't fit the traditional models of counseling therapy. That's why I practice a more guy-friendly approach! ~ DPD
We reject the notion that masculinity is toxic. We take a male-affirming, male-positive approach to men's issues.
“In ordinary life, a mentor can guide a young man through various disciplines, helping to bring him out of boyhood into manhood; and that in turn is associated not with bodybuilding, but with building and emotional body capable of containing more than one sort of ecstasy.”
― Robert Bly, Iron John: A Book About Men
Dr. David recommends Jordan B. Peterson's book for men wanting to start the process of working on becoming better human beings.
Although Jordan Peterson didn't write this book for men only, yet he has had a profound impact on men attempting to "get their lives in order." through his book, 12 Rules for Life.
If you're looking for some direction as a man, Dr. David positively recommends this book as a start to your journey into self-improvement!
"Toxic Masculinity" is an Abusive Label used Against Men and Boys.
This article sites Rejection of the APA's stance on Masculinity. Masculinity is not toxic! Click on this article: Twelve Scholars Respond to the APA’s Guidance for Treating Men and Boys
Dr. David does NOT adhere to the APA Guidelines of Men and Masculinity. After 35 years of direct research and experience working with boys and men, he cannot agree with the APA's political agenda of denigrating men and masculinity by turning masculinity into a pathology. Masculinity is not toxic anymore than femininity is toxic!
The foundation of male and female development is first grounded in biology. The discussion of nature versus nurture is a valid discussion when based on scientific evidence. Masculinity has a biological foundation, and nurture, which is complex, has a major role in each male's development. The APA's assumption that masculinity is solely base on a "social construct" is false. Their arguments are based on politically-biased agendas that skew their research results.
Dr. David creates a nonjudgmental space for all varieties of men struggling to find happiness and satisfaction in life. Dr. David helps men to find their authentic selves through Identity-focused therapy. The emphasis is always on becoming the best person, the best man you are meant to be in life, realizing your potential.
Perspectives on Masculinity
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What is the overall goal of your work through therapy? Achieving a more positive, healthier Self-Identity that comes with self-understanding and self-mastery is the goal of your work in therapy. Not only healing past emotional wounds and traumas, but also learning how to be a better person are the goals of your work on yourself in therapy. When working with Dr. David, you will experience several levels of psychotherapeutic work to foster psychological and emotional healing. Here are the levels:
Level 1 Crisis management – the goals are: 1) stabilization of the individual and 2) to address the “urgencies” in a person’s life. Level 2 Psychodynamic and psychoanalytical therapy – the tasks are to: 1) explore your development history, 2) identify unconscious past emotional wounds, 3) do Shadow work through the Hero’s Journey 4) do inner child work, 5) identify your narrative, 6) raise consciousness of your underlying unconscious thought patterns, 7) connect with your emotions, 8) and foster emotional healing through several stages and techniques, Level 3 Evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy “Change your thoughts, change your life” is the focus of CBT. Working with the mechanics of what you think, how you think, what you believe, and changing your habitual thought patterns into healthier ways of thinking. Level 4 Life Coaching – learning life skills (e.g., self-care, relationships, etc.), college academic coaching, career coaching, leadership and social coaching. Life Coaching helps to increase self-mastery. Level 5 Executive Psychological Coaching – navigating work relationships aimed at increasing your overall effectiveness in your position.