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In 1983, at 38 years of age, Michael left a successful advertising business and checked into Sloan Kettering's Cancer ward. Noone expected him to live long. Though his sadness was deep and at times overwhelming, it's source was somewhat unexpected. It wasn't rooted in his terminal cancer diagnosis. Nor was it in the ironic pain of having lost his wife to cancer years before. It wasn't even in the suffering he had endured over many years - struggling with his sexual identity, depression, and addictions. It was rooted in the vague and haunting feeling that he had not lived up to his potential.
It’s not unusual for people in similar circumstances to start bargaining with life to be given a second chance. “Please, let me get better”, one might say, “and I’ll do this, or do that.” But there was no bargain to be made for Michael - he didn’t even know what to offer. So instead he simply focused on healing himself with any and all means available. Perhaps most importantly, he began to listen to what he would come to know as his ‘inner compass’. This would guide him over the years to a place of deep connectivity and authenticity.
Despite the doctorsâ€™ predictions, after two years of serious illness and the ceaseless support of his life-partner, Michael survived. He had no career to define himself with anymore, but with a little money left from the sale of his advertising business, Michael went back to school. He completed his doctoral education in Psychology and began helping clients suffering from addiction and depression. At the same time, other parallel learning opportunities opened up, and propelled him into the realm of energetic healing of trauma, along with the relational and sexual challenges of our time.
Dr. Picucci Today
Nearly 30 years have passed since his original terminal diagnosis. In that time, Dr. Picucci has authored four books, co-founded private sector and non-profit organizations and sits on several boards of directors and advisors. He has been blessed, on numerous occasions, with the opportunity to publicly express the evolution of his personal and professional discoveries - an experience he meets with immeasurable gratitude.
One of Dr. Picucci’s proudest achievements is the synthesis of years of research and clinical experience into his healing model called Focalizing - Going Within to Move Beyond. Drawing inspiration from traditional Psychotherapy, Somatic Healing, and Authentic Process Healing, Focalizing offers specific techniques and insights that result in remarkable client transformations. Dr. Picucci describes his focalizing capability as “a most sacred experience,” through which he shares an evolved understanding of the richness and possibilities available to us all.
Michael has been sharing his journey with his partner-in-life, Dr. Elias Guerrero. Among other things, they share a profound love of the Catskill Mountains on weekendsâ€”an environment which supports most of Michael’s written works.
To learn more about Michael’s fascinating and remarkable personal healing journey from addiction, cancer, heart attacks, HIV, traumas, multiple losses, and nearâ€“death experiences, and his miraculous recoveries, read the interview he conducted with Dr. Jane Hart for the “Healing Bridge Project” website.
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