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The Healthy Advisor: Healing From Physical and Mental Abuse of the Past

Arbor Digital Product Director Marc Nichols opens up about the sexual and mental abuse he endured as a child, and how therapy and a good support system helped him find healing.


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Our experiences throughout childhood can have a major impact on the way we live our lives into adulthood. But after meeting Marc Nichols, you might never have guessed the trauma that he experienced growing up, one he describes as “inconsistent.”

In this episode, Diana Britton is joined by Nichols, product director at Arbor Digital, who opens up about being the victim of sexual and mental abuse by people he was supposed to look up to and trust. During much of his childhood, he lived in an all-female household, so he has struggled with traditional definitions of masculinity in an industry that is still male dominated.

Yet he came out of those experiences a stronger person, and has even become somewhat of an advocate for mental health and healing in the financial services industry.

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Marc with his twin sister Monica

Marc discusses: 

  • What it was like growing up with divorced parents who had little money;
  • The physical and emotional trauma he endured;
  • How his connection with his twin sister shaped him;
  • The gender expectations in financial services;
  • His path to healing;
  • The importance of therapy;
  • And more.

This episode has referenced mental abuse, physical abuse and sexual assault. If you or someone you know is experiencing a similar situation, please contact your local resources or click here for more informational resources.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcherSpotify and wherever podcasts are found. 

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