WOUNDED WARRIORS: BECOMING LOVERS - Interview With Veteran and Relationship Counselor Mark Cunningham
IN THIS EPISODE, we share our conversation with war veteran now therapist, Mark Cunningham.
Mark sheds some light on what it is like having witnessed battle and what he learned from it that now informs some of his work with patients as he develops his couples counseling practice.
He explains what a soul wound is.
And he reveals what his secret wish would be if he happened across a magical genie in a bottle, and you might be terribly surprised to find out what it is!
We were honored to interview Mark Cunningham, a couples counselor & sex therapist with specialization in healing trauma, helping other veterans through it, and guiding individuals and couples through the often difficult task of piecing together their lives after painful events occurred.
The interview proved to be a rare look into a therapist’s own process within their practice, less shop-talk and more personal insight.
As such, it became less a conversation about relationship techniques, and more of a glimpse into what happens in the mind of the counselor or therapist themselves.
We also touched upon Mark’s history of military service, and in what ways his personal story impacts his work, both in relationship counseling and personal counseling for vets dealing with trauma.
He shares some techniques he learned along the way, such as contact statements and emotional focusing, which help his clients get in touch with the store of emotions trapped within their physical bodies.
He describes his upbringing, and how it affected his vision of sexuality & love. And he even shares what happened when his mom discovered his porn stash. And he discloses how that search for his sexual/romantic identity led him though some questionable avenues before finding the right path for himself.