We Build Healthier, Happier, and Stronger Men

Over the last thirteen years, we have helped struggling young men who are failing to launch become independent.

Young men are becoming stuck and failing to launch.  We can help.

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We break down mental barriers hindering success to introduce treatments that foster growth.

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We provide space for like-minded individuals to share challenges, and experiences, and learn coping skills together.

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We bridge the gap between therapy and reality to produce immediate results.

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We systematically expose them to fears in a controlled way to manage anxiety and sustain continued development.

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We continue the process until we establish healthy habits, develop confidence, and sustain autonomy.

Our approach has worked for these men…

Some of the things we help to overcome...

Social anxiety and avoidance is a common theme that accompanies Failure to Launch Syndrome. Sometimes it arises because of a lack of confidence, a lack of experience in social settings, or simply the inability to communicate effectively.

At Forte Strong, we help our young men feel more comfortable in social settings so they can more easily integrate into positive peer networks and group settings. This also builds confidence in both academic and professional settings. Overcoming anxiety associated with meeting new people or being involved with interpersonal interaction which might bring up the possibility of being judged is a big stepping stone for many of our students.

We have many students who are hesitant to create friendships because of the involved vulnerability, but we coach them to accept their vulnerability and put themselves “out there” to make their social life grow. We refer to this as taking “healthy risks,” and we encourage these healthy risks in our treatment program.


Depression is a stealthy intruder, invading one's life without warning. It transcends fleeting moods, delving deep into the intricate interplay of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It often originates from negative thought patterns, evolving into a profound abyss of despair, distorting self-perception and clouding the outlook on the world.

Behavior becomes a significant player, either as an ally or adversary. Actions, or the absence of them, can ensnare in a cycle of stagnation and isolation. Social withdrawal, neglecting self-care, and procrastination can exacerbate the condition, deepening its grip.

However, hope resides in the fact that behavior can also serve as a potent instrument for recovery. Small, intentional steps, like regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, and nurturing connections with loved ones, have transformative potential. Understanding the root causes of depression is crucial, as it can be triggered by genetic predisposition or life events. It's vital to explore the underlying sources of depression, fostering a deeper understanding of one's emotional landscape.

Knowledge is a powerful weapon in the battle against depression, encompassing the ability to identify its signs and symptoms, as well as comprehend the role of thoughts and behaviors. With the right guidance, one can regain mastery over their life, emerging from the battle with newfound strength and resilience. Depression is formidable, yet with a commitment to change, it can be overcome, allowing one's behavior and choices to become their greatest allies in this battle. Together, the chains can be broken, paving the way toward a brighter, empowered future.

The influence of shame and pride on a young man's self-worth is profound. Pride, in this context, represents the self-imposed expectations of what life should look like, while shame personifies the outcome as if making a mistake equates to being a mistake. This dynamic often originates from past errors or perceived inadequacies, becoming a heavy burden that gradually erodes self-esteem and cultivates a sense of unworthiness, self-doubt, and what we refer to as “limiting beliefs”. It prompts the inclination to hide one's true self from the world, triggering a cycle of isolation driven by the fear of judgment and rejection. It is 2 steps forward followed by 10 steps back.

Shame and pride collaborate, working hand in hand to rationalize behaviors by altering one's personal perception of reality, all in an effort to avoid taking ownership of any shortcomings. This serves as a method of self-preservation, an attempt to shield one's self-worth from potential damage.

 The delicate interplay between these forces is critical in understanding a young man's self-worth and how it is affected. Recognizing the distinction between healthy pride that fosters growth and unrealistic expectations that hinder personal development is essential. Moreover, addressing the roots of shame, stemming from past mistakes and perceived inadequacies, is crucial for cultivating self-compassion and authentic self-esteem. 

In essence, navigating the intricate relationship between pride and shame can be a transformative journey toward building a robust sense of self-worth. It involves dismantling the facade of perfection, embracing humility, and seeking support to foster a healthier, more resilient self-esteem that doesn't rely on self-deception.

Executive functioning refers to a set of mental skills that enable individuals to manage and control their cognitive processes and behavior effectively. It encompasses various crucial abilities, including planning, organization, decision-making, time management, working memory, and self-regulation. Essentially, it's the brain's "CEO" that oversees and coordinates various functions to achieve goals.

When an individual lacks strong executive functioning, they face a range of challenges in daily life. Planning and organization become arduous tasks, making it difficult to set and follow through with goals and tasks. Decision-making can be impulsive, leading to poor choices. Time management issues can result in missed deadlines and disorganization, leading to chronic stress.

Weak working memory can hamper the ability to hold and manipulate information, impacting problem-solving and learning. Self-regulation problems can manifest as difficulties in controlling impulses and emotions, potentially straining relationships and personal well-being.

In essence, poor executive functioning can affect nearly every aspect of life, from academic and professional performance to personal relationships and emotional well-being. Recognizing these challenges is the first step toward implementing strategies and support systems to help individuals compensate for their difficulties and improve their overall quality of life.

In the journey toward adulthood, young men often face a multitude of pressures—from academic expectations to the pursuit of financial independence and social belonging. In response to these stressors, some resort to ineffective coping mechanisms, which can significantly contribute to the phenomenon known as 'failure to launch,' where they struggle to transition into the responsibilities and roles of adult life.

One common but ineffective coping strategy is avoidance, where young men may retreat into the virtual worlds of video games or the echo chambers of social media. These screen addictions are a form of “Process Addiction”. While these activities offer temporary distraction, they also foster procrastination and a detachment from real-world challenges. Similarly, substance abuse emerges as a short-term escape from stress, yet it ultimately exacerbates anxiety and delays personal development.

If unchecked, this leads to educational neglect, social withdrawal, and deteriorated self-care. The reliance on temporary fixes creates a comfort zone that’s hard to leave, perpetuating a state of stagnation at best, and regression at worst. Consequently, the lack of progression becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as these young men witness their peers moving forward while they remain idle, further eroding their confidence and willingness to embrace adult responsibilities.

Understanding and addressing these ineffective coping mechanisms is crucial in helping young men to 'launch' successfully into adulthood, ensuring they acquire the resilience and skills needed to navigate life's complexities.

A lack of purpose in life can be a daunting hurdle for a young man on the path to independence. Purpose is the compass that guides one's decisions, actions, and aspirations, providing a sense of direction and fulfillment. Without it, the journey toward independence can become a disorienting and challenging experience.

First and foremost, a sense of purpose instills motivation. Without a clear purpose, a young man may struggle to find the drive to set and achieve meaningful goals. This can lead to a sense of aimlessness and a lack of direction, making it difficult to establish a career, build relationships, or take control of his life.

Furthermore, purpose often serves as a source of resilience during adversity. It provides a reason to persevere through setbacks and challenges. Without purpose, a young man may be more susceptible to emotional and psychological difficulties, including depression and anxiety, which can further hinder his journey toward independence and personal happiness.

A lack of purpose can also result in a sense of disconnection from others, as shared goals and values are integral to building and maintaining relationships. It may lead to isolation and a diminished support system, making it harder to navigate the complexities of adulthood.


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