Empathy for Dudes

Mondays, 5:30 to 8:00pm

Next session starts January 8, 2024.

“Empathy for Dudes” is a 12-week Action Group designed to help men develop better relationship skills, and expand their understanding of their own and others’ emotions. Increased emotional intelligence will help you in business, romance, friendship, parenting, and being a good member of your community.

Note the title means both “Empathy, for dudes” and “Empathy for dudes.” The group aims to help men to become more empathic, but it’s also about ensuring that men receive understanding. Not only because everyone deserves it, but because you need to experience what it feels like to receive empathy in order to fully understand what it’s all about.

The title of the group is supposed to be a little humorous. Stereotypes of men include that they don’t have feelings, or think there are only two feelings (calm/angry), or are just so logic-brained that they can’t hope to understand.

In fact, men have a great capacity for feeling and understanding. And empathy is in some sense a skill that can be learned and practiced like any other.

Empathy begins on the inside, and only after an internal process has taken place does it eventuate in actions and words. Some of us have never deliberately noticed or practiced this process.

(It’s worth pointing out that many women haven’t mastered this, either. If you are a woman wanting to better understand yourself in relationships, please consider joining Balancing Acts or the upcoming couples group. Empathy for Dudes is for men only.)

If you’d like to be better at understanding — and communicating your understanding — come join our group!

The Details

What: A group of 6-8 men who want to better understand their own and/or others’ feelings using action methods.

Facilitator: Tom Kubasik, LCPC. If you have not worked with Tom in the past, you will need to schedule a meeting with him before you can be considered for the group.

Where: GETME 615 Congress Street, Suite 423, Portland, ME, 04101 (The State Theater Building)

When: Mondays, 5:30 to 8:00pm

Winter Session Dates:

  • January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • February, 5th, 12th, 26th (no meeting February 19th)
  • March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • April 1st

Cost: $895 for the 12 meetings.
($850 if check for full amount is received by 12/22/23)

If cost is your only obstacle, or if you have any other questions, please contact us.