We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Azoulay and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marc, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The biggest decision that I made was to take full responsibility for my life. I had to stop blaming other people for my personal or professional failures. In this culture, we are rewarded when we complain or gossip – it builds social bonds and reinforces an in-group. We love to be critics! When launching my business I had to step down out of the stands and onto the field. I had to drop my tendency to criticize and, instead, approach others with humility. As a new psychotherapist in private practice I encountered professional growing pains; scheduling conflicts, communication delays, and insecurity. What was made clear to me is that as sole proprietorship my business was just myself. All of the problems that my business had were reflections of my own personal problems. When my life and finances were on the line I could no longer ignore my challenges and limitations. Owning a business was the call to action that I needed to tackle some of my deeper seeded issues. A big one for me was taking responsibility for my insecurity. For the first few years of my practice, I had trouble asserting myself around my schedule, fees, and policies. I would let clients control my schedule, haggle down my fees, and run over the time limit of my psychotherapy sessions. If I was still in the victim mindset, I would have blamed them for these issues. However, I had to look within myself and confront my own insecurities. None of these problems were the fault of my clients, they were all my own. If you are the new small business owner reading this I would encourage you to use your business as a vehicle for personal growth. It’s a powerful mirror if you have the humility to look into it.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, CO and the past President of the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society. I help clients that have a harmful relationship to their inherent aggression or who are stuck in the pain of their repetition compulsions. Many of my clients struggle with addiction, trauma, and self-harm. In my work, I help people uncover and destroy the unconscious barriers that cripple them by using a blend of Modern Psychoanalytic and Contemplative Psychotherapy. My therapeutic style can best be described as irreverent with surprising moments of profound depth. I love blending playful banter with deep moral and ethical questions. This job allows me to bring my love of mythology, world religions, and philosophy to the masses. I get to hard difficult questions of my client in the pursuit of their self-development and growth. I’ve found that fearless, honest, and consistent introspection is the only vehicle for change. Recently, I’ve been bringing my approach to small businesses and start-ups. I’ve found that addressing the group dynamics and communication styles is the best way to increase the productivity of a team. My clients agree that their problems are emotional, not technical. It’s not about doing your job better it’s about getting out of your own way.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Valleyview hot springs Denver Botanic Gardens Great Sand Dunes National Park AOI Sushi in Boulder

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading by Marty Linsky and Ronald Heifetz My Therapists, Coaches, and Mentors specifically Rick Tivers, LCSW CGP

Website: www.marc-azoulay.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcmazoulay/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcmazoulay

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Y6e-Ws6-adZuLQo_AXNyQ

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