Catholicism, Combat, and Couples Counseling
April 9, 2021
Hosted by Marc Azoulay
I met Melissa during my internship at the start of my career. We were working at a court-mandated treatment center with clients who were charged with DUIs and drug possession charges. We were both starting out on our journeys to be psychotherapists and working in that intense environment was a wakeup call to us! We were confronted by the brokenness of the justice system and the corruption of the treatment industry. We bonded immediately while trying to make progressive change and to stick to our ethics. In this episode you'll hear about Melissa's past experiences with substance abuse and PTSD. Coming from a military family, Melissa had a very rigid childhood and grew up with her father and brother who have PTSD. She'll share how that experience shaped her and broke her heart wide open so that she could be able to help others. Growing up in an unhealthy family dynamic, Melissa had to find ways to survive and connect with others. Throughout all of that she maintained her incredible sense of humor, razor sharp intellect, and disciplined focus. She's now a couples counselor in Boulder, CO who helps her clients create powerful and intimate bonds that can last a lifetime. Join us as we take a trip through the darkness of addiction and into the hopefulness of love.
From the Ashes
Friday at 11 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel
Meet triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters the same.
As a culture we have been lied to about what it truly takes to be great. We are inundated with stories of natural-born heroes and overnight successes. Triumphs are magnified while defeat is hidden. We are sold on this idea that either we are talented, or we are not, either we have grit or we do not and either we are going to make it or we will not. Our heroes and celebrities seem so distant from us and represent an unattainable goal.
So often we are hamstrung by their own mental models and emotional barriers. They are constantly holding ourselves back from blossoming into the people we are meant to be. In this program you will hear raw stories of triumph and defeat from people just like you who have beaten the odds and have gotten back up, from the ashes. From the Ashes is broadcast live every Friday at 11 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
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.