Encore: Living a Lie - A Story of Closeted Sex Addiction

September 10, 2021
Hosted by Marc Azoulay

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Imagine keeping a secret so big that you couldn't even admit it to yourself. Something so scary that if it was even hinted at it could destroy the fabric of your life. Secrets like that can control your life, secrets like that can make you act out in self-destructive ways. Our guest, Rick Tivers, kept his sexuality a secret due to significant losses early in life which led him to believe he would be punished for being gay. This distortion caused him to be in an inauthentic marriage for 18yrs to a woman, which then triggered a severe sex addition. After some traumas, he tackled his closeted fears and sex addiction. Now, Rick Tivers is a highly sought after therapist and speaker based in Chicago and Palm Springs California. He is married to the man of his dreams. In this powerful interview, we will be unravelling the impulse control, shame and addiction recovery that is the fabric of Rick's journey.

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Marc Azoulay

Marc Azoulay

Marc is a psychotherapist and organizational developer in Boulder, Colorado. He has created, operated and sold businesses in the mental health, online retail and education industries for over five years. He helps clients that have a harmful relationship to their inherent aggression or who are stuck in the pain of their repetition compulsions. Many of his clients struggle with addiction, anxiety and self-sabotage. Marc helps people uncover and destroy the unconscious barriers that cripple them by using a blend of Modern Psychoanalytic and Contemplative Psychotherapy. Marc also consults with non-profits, start-up companies and mental health agencies around organizational development, culture and marketing. His style can best be described as irreverent with surprising moments of profound depth.

Marc holds a variety of distinctions. He is the Past-President of the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society, Member-at-Large for the AGPA Affiliate Societies Assembly, Member and Presenter of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Member of the Organizational Development Network, Member of the Colorado Society of Association Executives and Member of the Colorado Counseling Association.

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