About Mens Toolbox

‘Supporting men through relationship challenges and family separation’

‘We are passionate about making a difference’

  • Our Commitment:

    at Mens Toolbox is to support men through relationship challenges and family separation.

  • Our Vision:

    is to bridge the gap in support services for men.

  • Our Mission:

    is to listen to learn without judgment and to believe men when others may not. We treat men like men with a solution focussed approach.

Our Values (CRICET):

  • Client Focus:
    We provide confidential services for our clients in a safe environment. Our services are delivered on a national basis by both phone and Skype from the comfort of your own space. This allows men to access our services without the disadvantages of travel, time and cost
  • Respect:
    We are committed to fostering a respectful relationship with our clients and other likeminded professionals.
  • Integrity:
    We maintain a high standard of integrity in all aspects of our business.
  • Continuous Learning:
    Our team are committed to maintaining high standards of education and staying up to date with research to meet the needs of our clients.
  • Ethics & Standards:
    Our team members are all compliant with relevant professional standards and ethical guidelines.
  • Teamwork:
    Our team are committed to building working relationships with likeminded organisations and professions. These allow an extension of our services through a broad range of professional referrals that make a positive difference in the lives of clients.

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Our Services*

Our educated team are committed to providing the following professional services for men during relationship challenges, family separation, parenting matters, family violence matters and financial matters: -
  • Coaching
  • Individual Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Forensic Reports
  • Relationship Programs
  • Communication Training
  • Professional Referrals
  • Education
  • Resources

*We are not a crisis support service

Why we do what we do?

Did you know men and women generally have different stress responses? This was not understood until the 1990s when Taylor et al (2000) revealed that the original fight flight stress response studies were conducted only on men. In that era women were prohibited from participating in psychological studies. When Taylor et al (2000) included women in their sample they found that men and women respond to stress differently and that this is hardwired, going back to cave-person days.

Taylor et al (2000) found that whilst men do indeed have a fight flight response, women tend and befriend. Men went hunting or into battle and when they came across a threat they survived because of the biological response that initiates a fight or flee action. Women on the other hand were generally around the camp fire or the home base caring for sick or injured men, children and the elderly and may be pregnant. Their response to risk was more socially focused and involved communication with others to protect and keep the home fires burning while the men were out hunting.

Although life on Earth has changed significantly over the eons, these differences are still relevant today.

We here at Mens Toolbox acknowledge the differences in the stress response of men and women. Therefore, we believe a gender specific approach to treating stress is required.

If we want something to change, we need to do something differently
#MenMatter #FathersMatter

Reference

Taylor, S. E., Klein, L. C., Lewis, B. P., Gruenewald, T. L., Gurung, R. A. R., & Updegraff, J. A. (2000). Biobehavioral responses to stress in females: Tend-and-befriend, not fight-or-flight. Psychological Review, 107(3), 411-429. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.107.3.411

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