'Men of a Certain Age'


Aging comes with a unique set of challenges, and many men feel particular pressure to succeed. It may be a sense of “why haven’t I accomplished what I wanted,” or “why am I not as successful as my friends,” or any of a thousand ways we compare ourselves to others.

If we’re single (and don’t want to be), we may worry that the possibility of a long-term relationship is out of reach. We may feel isolated, lonely, depressed. If we’re in relationship(s), we may be feeling stagnant, or unfulfilled, or simply unheard.

Men over 50 can experience high rates of isolation and an increased need to connect. We welcome male-identified folks looking for a space to connect with others, share experiences, and build connection and community.

Group Therapist

Barton Shulman (Bart) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Board-Certified Counselor, Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and Gender Specialist, working full-time as an individual and group psychotherapist at a community mental health agency where he primarily serves the 50-and-older, long-term HIV survivor community. He works as a member of an interdisciplinary team, working closely with psychiatrists, case managers, substance counselors, and others. His private practice is a passion for Bart, giving him the freedom to provide the best support for his clients, even if sometimes that means helping them to find a different therapist who better fits their needs.

Bart is licensed in California, Colorado, Florida (telehealth only), Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. He anticipates licensure in Illinois and Washington in the coming months, and awaits approval of his licensure in British Columbia and Denmark.

Clients choose Bart because of his warm personality, and his deeply empathic presence. His style is integrative, meaning that his psychotherapy is specifically focused on each individual client, with no “cookie cutter” treatment. He is a follower of the teachings of Carl Rogers, who noted, “I can’t make corn grow, but I can provide the right soil and plant it in the right area and see that it gets enough water; I can nurture it so that exciting things happen. I think that’s the nature of therapy.”

Barton Shulman

Barton Shulman is a therapist in San Francisco, California specializing in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics, loss, grief, and bereavement, and couples counseling.


1829 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94103

$60/session (discount if prepaid monthly)