Stuart Azoulay is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Master Certified Addiction Professional. He connects with clients by listening to and exploring each person’s unique situation completely free from judgment. Throughout his career, he has provided counseling to individuals, couples and families struggling with substance abuse issues, relationship difficulties, sexual identity issues, infidelity, cyber infidelity, gaming addiction, electronics addiction, internet addiction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, communication skills, assertiveness training, self-esteem, confidence building, conflict resolution, parenting, career and life transitions, and family changes including divorce and death. Stuart helps his clients work through their challenges to make the positive changes they are looking for so they can live their best life.
My approach is collaborative whereby my client and I are a team creating a road map together to assist them in achieving their goals for therapy. I do not believe I am the expert in my clients lives rather just an observer with a different perspective. That alternative perspective allows me to assist my clients in identifying alternative solutions to their current situations that they may not be able to recognize. I am not better than my clients I am just able to see things they may not be able to see based on their position within the interactional pattern of the problem they are experiencing. I treat each client as the unique individual they are and work hard to understand their worldview, how they relate to their current issues and what they would like their future to look like. I utilize a multitude of different therapeutic techniques with clients until I find what works best for them. I call it “playing in multiple sandboxes” because everyone will respond differently to different therapeutic techniques.
Collaborative Healing Partners were created with the purpose of helping clients understand how they relate to their problems, how their problems relate to their overall wellbeing, and how relating to them differently can serve to promote alternative outcomes. I do not identify a problem linearly whereby A+B=C rather I look to understand how A influences B which in turn influences C creating a stuck pattern of interaction. By identifying the stuck pattern if interaction my clients and I can then identify possible interventions to initially interrupt the pattern and ultimately produce alternative, more preferred outcomes.
I will always strive to bring forth my clients’ strengths, increase their self-awareness and empower them to better make decisions that will positively shape their lives. I explore helpful ways of relating to challenges and offer constructive ways of dealing with them. I discuss possibilities for preferred ways of living with my clients to promote their continued success as they transition from struggling with their situation to soaring in their new life.