IRL MEN

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

ONLINE & IN-PERSON GROUPS
 

 "It has been a profoundly transformational experience for me.  I almost can't believe the progress I've made in the past nine months."

-Group Participant

In Real Life

                Men

Men are acculturated to solve problems, not to find out how we’re feeling.  We’re taught that “men take charge," but we can struggle with taking responsibility.  And while we are coached to “suck it up” when we fall, we're seldom taught to reach out for help when we really need it. 

IRL Men is forging an alternative path, a path of interdependence in community.  We offer a space you can count on week after week, as you practice new ways of being with fellow group members.

 

In our groups, we provide both support and challenge, because both are necessary to help you grow.  If you're up for the challenge, come join us in an exciting, edge-of-your-seat journey on a path to greater fulfillment.

IRL Men's groups are open to anyone that identifies as male, including cis and trans men. We strive to make our groups inclusive spaces and welcome people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.  

 "It blew my mind how comfortable this can feel, especially because of how wary I was before starting.

Being in this group has been so helpful...who knew?!" 

 - Group Participant 

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Troy Piwowarski, PsyD
Certified Group Psychotherapist

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Brian Thompson, MFT
Certified Group Psychotherapist

Brian is a light-hearted, somatic therapist who isn't afraid of, nor unfamiliar with the sometimes scary & uncomfortable feelings our life's journey can bring. 

Brian has a background in dance, yoga, stand up comedy and basketball.  He has studied group process in a variety of contexts for the past two decades. 

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Thomas Kim, MFT
Psychotherapist

Tom is a relational therapist and a Bay Area native. His path to caring about feelings started with a heavy distrust of them. Group showed him something new, and he has since been hooked. He is passionate about being in nature, singing, and cooking and sharing delicious meals. 

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Troy Piwowarski, PsyD
Certified Group Psychotherapist

Troy is an existential therapist with a private practice in Oakland, CA.  He serves as Clinical Training Director at the Existential-Humanistic Institute.  Beyond his passion for group work, Troy is also a visual artist and loves biking, chess, and a good sweaty ping-pong match.

 

 "I'm seeing real guys sharing real feelings, and it's vindicating.  It's a big relief to have a place where I am free to be real too."
- Group Participant (after 4 sessions) 

 

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A funny and hard-hitting story of one woman’s journey in group therapy. 

“Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.”

-Paulo Coelho