Our Story Of Recovery
Our marriage was in an extremely fragile state, and my husband and I did not know where to turn for help. We were referred to Joe Guzzi, a man whom we had never met and knew nothing about except that he had been a tremendous help to a family we knew. From the very first time we met Joe, it was obvious that he genuinely cared about us and wanted to help. At first, I really couldn’t understand why…he didn’t even know us! Over the past four years of knowing Joe, the answer has become quite clear and repeatedly affirmed: he’s the real deal. This man is passionately in love with Jesus and so grateful for God’s grace in his life that he willingly and joyfully utilizes the gifts God has given him to radically transform lives. Joe’s God-given ability to see past what people are saying and look deep into their hearts and motivations is largely what makes counseling with him so effective. By challenging both my husband and I to delve into our personal brokenness and allow God to heal the places we had been too blind or too stubborn to see, Joe gave us the tools we needed to be restored to the people we were created to be and the couple we longed to be. My husband and I have a stronger, healthier, happier marriage than ever, and we thank God constantly for bringing Joe into our lives.
Testimonial by RA
Having experienced a series of traumatic events from childhood through adolescence, I entered adulthood a deeply wounded woman. Crippling fear, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, low self-esteem and an overall victim mentality had overtaken the confident, brave, and joyful girl I once knew. She was trapped in here somewhere; I just didn’t know how to let her out. My faith in God and His grace kept me going, but my perception of Him was also warped. I felt that in order for Him to love me, I needed to be perfect. I was setting myself up for failure over and over again.
I entered counseling with Joe thinking I was there for my spouse and all his issues that were affecting our marriage. I had built up so many internal defenses to cope with all the pain I had experienced that I could not see my contribution to the unhealthiness of our marriage. I also could not see that I was actively denying the power of God in my life because I was exchanging it for what felt familiar and “safe.” With keen perception and a great deal of grace, Joe cut right through the lies I had been telling myself for years and began to uncover things I had buried down so deep I had forgotten they were there. It was startling, uncomfortable, and painful at times. Part of me wanted to run from it; the other part of me saw that I was being thrown a rope, and if I didn’t grab on, I’d drown. As difficult as it was to look at myself and take ownership of my defects, it was truly the best and most liberating thing that could have happened to me. For once, I had a choice. I could let these hurts remain buried and spend my life trying to pretend they weren’t there, or I could face them head on and no longer be their victim.
By God’s incredible mercy and four years of Joe’s faithful, honest support, I am so grateful to say that I am living a life of recovery and victory. I am at peace with the fact that I am not perfect and never will be. I am equipped with the resources I need to deal with the lies and hurt of the past that used to keep me in chains. I am free to live out the dreams God has placed in my heart and not be afraid. I know that I can reach out to Joe and not be met with judgment nor patronization. He has the integrity to tell me the truth that I need to hear in order to move forward with God’s plan for me. Joe’s genuine care and compassion are always evident, and I can truly say that God’s love guides him at all times as he guides me through my recovery.
Testimonial by R
I wanted to share a few words about my dealings with Mr. Joe Guzzi. My wife and I were fortunate enough to meet him and his beautiful family while attending the same church.
Because he is the person he is, he opened his house up and ran the most awesome small group where individuals and couples came together to share and work through problems/issues that were affecting their daily lives.
At the time, my wife and I were having marital problems due mostly to my actions. A lot was damaged and much was needed in repair both mentally and spiritually. By the Grace of God and the scripture Joe lead us with through his small group, my wife and I are stronger than ever, blessed with two beautiful children who now have a mom and dad more in love than ever before.
Through those 2 months, I realized what an incredible gift he has communicating and relating to people. He made each of us feel very comfortable which allowed us to get the most out of the vision.
His compassion to help others is nothing short of amazing. It was our pleasure getting to know Joe and his family.
Testimonial by D L