Randy Flood, MA, LLP is co-founder of the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan and founder/director of its Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Psychology and earned his Master’s degree from the Counseling Psychology Program at Western Michigan University. After working two years at the Domestic Violence Program for Men in Kalamazoo, Randy left to start the Men’s Program at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids. In 2000, he founded the Men’s Resource Center at the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation. There, he serves as the principal therapist in providing individual and group psychotherapy for men and as a forensic evaluator, counselor, and consultant.
Because they grow up and experience life and relationships differently than women, Randy views his work with men as with a specialized population. After becoming increasingly interested in male socialization and training, he began an ongoing quest to understand the unique experiences and challenges men face. These challenges can include struggles with sex addiction, intimacy, self-disclosure, identity, an inability to express a range of feelings, and anger management or domestic violence issues. Through the Men’s Resource Center, Randy provides individually-tailored, specialized counseling services for men that address the specific issues they face and promote their personal growth.
Randy considers it a privilege to sit with individuals one on one and in men’s support groups while they share their pain, joy, fears, and passions. He continually evolves his practice in a way that provides clients the opportunity for healing and growth in a safe and secure environment. In 2020, Randy began offering individual and group counseling services online. In both online and in-person spaces, Randy encourages men to expand their definition of courage to include removing one’s social mask. He guides his clients develop a strong and healthy self-concept, emotional intelligence, relationship skills, and coping mechanisms to ultimately navigate their own lives.
A long-time advocate for restorative, competent, and prudent justice practices, Randy is respected for his work providing criminal and family court services including trainings for legal and mental health professionals. He has been qualified as an expert in several Michigan courts in his expertise of Custody and Parenting Time Evaluations, Resist and Refuse Dynamics in Parent-Child Contact Problems, Parental Alienation, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Acting Out. He often finds himself on the leading edge in conversations about men and masculinities as well as the psychodynamics of individuals, couples, and systems that complicate and confound judicious decisions in court.
Randy’s desire to help organizations, institutions, and society raise, train, and cultivate better boys and men has led him to his offering organization-specific presentations, trainings, and workshops on how to help men be better versions of themselves and how to create healthy, non-toxic socialization environments in which that can happen. He also provides risk assessments for incidents of misconduct, misconduct evaluations, and workshops on how to recognize and prevent sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct.
In addition to his work as a psychotherapist, Randy is the author and co-author of several articles and books including Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior and Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood. He is also the creator and host of the Revealing Men podcast; a podcast that sets out to pull back the curtain to reveal the inner lives of men. It features thought-provoking interviews that serve to instruct, inspire, and affirm.
Randy hopes that his lived experience, decades of professional experience, and genuine care for the health of individuals and families will benefit each person who seeks his counsel as well as those who are in search of truth, justice, and restoration. In this interview with Randy, he talks about his journey and how he came to do the work he does today.
Help to Our Family
I have been involved in a very contentious divorce and post-judgement period. Randy Flood quickly came into my case, and with practical tips and literally 24-hour availability, he offered consulting, guidance, and help to our family. He is able to connect with any parent with empathy and understanding and his presence has helped to restore love and equilibrium to my family. I can not recommend him highly enough. His guidance will help my family for many years to come.
A Better Husband, Father, and Individual
Randy, you counsel my husband. I want to thank you for what you have done for my children and me. (My husband) was obviously not a willing participant in the beginning of all of this, and I knew his attendance was only to pacify me and prevent a divorce. Although I was skeptical of the effectiveness, I was hopeful. You continue to give him the tools needed to be a better husband, father, and individual. I hope you realize that you are making the world a much better place for each individual you counsel and their families.