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Therapy for Men with David Khalili

Mar 29, 2024


In this episode, Dr. Kate talks to therapist and founder David F. Khalili about men’s issues to be open and honest about their emotions—especially when it comes to mental health issues. They discuss the struggles American men may face when navigating our health care system, and the benefits men may experience if they seek therapy and explore mental health support. Finding a therapist isn’t always easy – schedule a free 30-min consultation with Modern Intimacy to get connected with mental health professionals here: https://www.modernintimacy.com/contact

ABOUT DAVID David F. Khalili is a Licensed Therapist, board-certified sexologist, and founder of Rouse Relational Wellness, a sex and relationship mental health wellness therapy center serving San Francisco and all of California. He is also the author of “Mental Health Workbook for Men: Exercises to Improve Your Emotional, Psychological, and Social Well-Being.” Rouse Therapy: rousetherapy.com


00:00 – 03:47 Introduction to David F. Khalili and his work with helping individuals accessing their emotions

03:48 – 06:06 bell hooks and The Will to Change

06:07 – 08:06 The role of “doing” in creating change

08:07 – 09:56 Core areas of impact for vulnerabilities

09:57 – 11:59 Challenging the need to be “perfect” and embracing the “imperfect”

12:00 – 14:25 What can men expect to see in their day to day lives when they lean into being imperfect?

14:26 – 15:58 Goals and boundaries when it comes to living by your values

15:59 – 17:51 Relationship between shame, withdrawal, and difficulties with accountability

17:52 – 22:08 Desire discrepancy in partnerships

22:09 – 23:20 Anxiety closeness in men

23:21 – 26:14 Difficulties that men face when they embark on this work

26:15 – 27:43 Upcoming Rouse Men’s Retreat

27:44 – 29:22 Outro

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