AboutWho, What, Why
Angela Abide, M.Ed, LPC
What is your mission?
A Love Revolution. I believe that we can each make a difference in the world! By learning to first love yourself, and then letting that love ﬂow outward to transform relationships, you play an active part in healing the world .
What do you do?
I’m a podcaster, teacher, writer and consultant for individuals and groups who wish to explore the subjects of Self-Leadership and Mature Masculinity in depth. As a faculty member of Conﬂict Resolution Training (CRT), I teach continuing education classes to mental health and other professionals.
Have you always done this?
No, I was a stay-at-home mom for many years. After my second son was born in 2002, I started working on my Master’s degree in Counseling. For a long time, I took one night class per semester so it took forever!
I started The Deepening Place Podcast in March of 2020 as a way to reach a larger audience. In February 2021, I started The Mission Manhood Podcast.
What qualiﬁes you to do this?
I did eventually get the degree and a license from the state of Texas to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and have worked as a psychotherapist for many years. Also, I’ve completed training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and became a certiﬁed mediator with Conﬂict Resolution Training. I think what really qualiﬁes me though, is a love for people and a desire to see them thrive. I’ve always been a seeker, and want to share what I’ve learned with others.
Why do you work with men and masculinity?
I am the sister of two brothers and the mother of three sons. I think most therapists eventually ﬁnd a niche and because of my life experience with no sisters and no daughters, I believe it is easy to relate to male clients. In my study of boys as a mother and men as a therapist, I became increasingly interested in the issues men face. Through the podcast I hope to offer encouragement to men on the journey toward mature masculinity. I continue to learn from the incredible men I have the privilege of interviewing for the podcast, and from the men who trust me to help them.
What other interests contribute to your work?
For my undergraduate degree in history and political science, I studied Constitutional development and developed a deep appreciation for the ideal our founders were reaching for. I minored in Communications and wrote for the school newspaper which contributed to my understanding of the importance of a free press and journalistic ethics — so I’m deeply concerned about the current state of journalism! I’m passionate about race relations and believe we must work together to fulﬁll the vision of Liberty and Justice for All. As a Christ follower I seek to live a life of love and service to others.
NEWS & PRESS
AUSTIN, TX – Men are often a victim of the “toxic masculinity” for which they are blamed. This pressure placed upon men causes significant psychological and societal harm. Men are not always taught the balance between the masculine and feminine required to nurture and...