MAN UP THERAPY MISSION
The mission of Man Up Therapy is to help men and their partners navigate life's greatest obstacles by offering practical and enduring ways to increase their sense of resilience, purpose, and connection; while respecting and celebrating their identity as a man.
Man Up Therapy is gender-tailored psychotherapy service established to help men and their partners in supportive, practical, and non-judgmental ways so that they can author a life that truly aligns with the values, strengths, and ambitions that reside within them.
WHY CONSIDER MAN UP THERAPY?
Because sucking it up, feeding the volcano inside, or turning a blind eye to your problems shouldn’t be your go-to strategy in life.
Yes, there are alternatives to this strategy that so many men adopt. When guys expand their repertoire of problem-solving skills and techniques or explore new ways of seeing the world around them, new experiences can be realized and real change can occur.
Maybe now is the time to answer the voice that challenges you to do something different. Sadly, there’s no magic wand for all of this stuff. Just a bit of tenacity, some smarts, and some elbow grease. Yet, you’re not alone. You can choose to get some help in your corner.
Here are 5 reasons why MAN UP THERAPY could be valuable to you or the man in your life.
Man Up Therapy offers a gender-tailored therapeutic service that aligns with the diverse needs of men, while honoring the meaning and significance of masculinity and manhood.
Man Up Therapy provides problem-solving approaches to therapy which men view as practical and resourceful.
Man Up Therapy provides a balanced, respective approach to working with men and their partners who are concerned that masculine styles of relating or communicating might be viewed as resistance or unwillingness to engage in therapy.
Man Up Therapy recognizes that men’s upbringing, socialization, and experiences shape their willingness and ability to engage confidently in therapy.
Man Up Therapy recognizes the importance of engaging men in environments other than the traditional therapy room.
G'day. I'm Simon Niblock, Founder of Man Up Therapy. What feels like a lifetime ago now, I was in dire need of a mental health reboot. As much as I tried to shape my experiences, I found my experience shaping me. I struggled with all sorts of things in my life. I was pissed off. I was adrift. I was shit-scared about the future. Eventually, I found help. What a sea-change experience that was for me.
It was during my search to find someone to confide in, that I noticed that there was a real absence of 'down to earth' male therapists helping other blokes work through all the typical problems that men face. I knew something different for the overall health and well-being of men was needed.
Inspired by the amazing advocacy work occurring locally and internationally in the field of men's mental health, and the continued growing demand for gender-related therapeutic services - Man Up Therapy evolved.
I was born and raised in New Zealand. Yup, I'm a Kiwi. I lived in Australia for over twenty years and have worked and journeyed around the world, including Asia, the UK, Europe and more recent, here in the US.
I have worked with men, couples, and families in both non-for-profit and private practice settings for the past six years in both Austin, Texas and Sydney, Australia. Prior to becoming a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I worked in the high-tech corporate world for over twenty years.
The accumulation of my life experiences have led me to the humbling appreciation of how diverse men and their partners view and interact with the world around them. My greatest lessons in life have come from the privileged roles of being a loving husband and dad of two amazing sons - who are now amazing young men in their own right.
Even at the 'distinguished' age of 49 years, life still occasionally dishes out the odd battle scar. Simply put, I’m just a bloke who continues to acquire a little bit of wisdom along the way.
THE FORMAL STUFF
My approach to facilitating positive and meaningful change for men and their partners includes the adoption of gender-specific relationship and behavioral therapy.
These therapeutic practices are used to address a wide range of issues that men struggle with, including, but not limited to, adverse or maladaptive social behavior, conflict within interpersonal relationships, emotional prohibition, loss or fear of loss, experiences of shame, grief and sadness, and masculine identity and personal constructs.
I am a regular keynote presenter on various gender and relationship topics, including the impact of childhood adverse experiences on men’s intimate relationships, and the changing landscape of modern masculinity and fatherhood.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Texas Licence #201883).
M.A. Degree in Counseling (St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX).
B.A. App.So.Sci, in Counseling Psychology (Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, Australia).
Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Member of the Austin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
General Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
Professional Affiliate of Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.