Silicon Valley is the place where you will find some of the biggest tech companies such as Facebook and Google. It becomes obvious that the people working there are some of the most intelligent ones and they put in a lot of hours. However, it should also be mentioned that these companies are where most mental health issues are vivid; all due to the responsibilities and stress that rises to keep the company up with the latest technology.
Therapist Gal Szekely began his career in the tech world, but he said he has always been interested in personal growth. He has been a product manager for many years, but then he left the technology community and became a management consultant, after that, Szekely and his wife became therapists. Their focus is on couples and they offer treatments and weekend workshops. Szekely said that many of the problems he saw were influenced by the tech industry and culture, even if one of the people in the relationship is involved. The first problem that Szekely found was that the people working in the tech world are often very logical, so they don't have language skills in terms of relationships. He is committed to helping patients learn how to get out of the "work mode" so that they can express their feelings and needs.
Another major problem is the cultural difference. Many people in Silicon Valley are not born in the United States or are the first generation of immigrants. Szekely said that if couples come from different cultures, they have many ways to make them miss each other based on the assumptions of parenting or other tasks.
Szekely has said that working in the tech industry opens more doors to affairs than any other industry and that long hours and clear communication can build closeness among coworkers, moreover, work trips are a good chance for bonding.
He suggests that his clients should set boundaries with their partners about what is acceptable, what is flirting and where they should draw a line before an affair happens.