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Selling the Couch - Melvin Varghese, PhD 13th May 2021
274: From The First Female-Identified Electrician In Oregon To A Counselor + Trainer With Progressive Vision Loss

274: From The First Female-Identified Electrician In Oregon To A Counselor + Trainer With Progressive Vision Loss

Today’s show is a special one because we are joined by the first female-identified electrician in the state of Oregon. Breaking into an overwhelmingly male-dominated field, along with other obstacles, gave her the motivation to keep going when faced with roadblocks. Join us to hear more about this fantastic journey. 


Our Featured Guest

Deb Marinos, MS, CRC, LPC


Deb Marinos has a varied career path with many diversions along the way. As a rehabilitation counselor and current LPC intern, Deb helps clients through her work as a trainer, coach, and counselor. Progressive vision loss has provided her with yet another outlet for her teaching methods and practical experiences to help others achieve their goals and be successful. Her multifaceted journey has given her a wealth of knowledge to share with us. 


Adaptability For Life


You’ll Learn


●     How Deb followed in her father’s footsteps into the electrician world, not realizing he would have to file a lawsuit to get her into the program for licensure

●     The mind-boggling fact: Only 2% of electricians in the US are female!

●     How the skills of troubleshooting and puzzle-building in the electrical field carried over into Deb’s many other life endeavors

●     How a vision loss problem led to a significant career change for Deb late in life

●     What it was like to have to give up driving as an independent business owner and busy mom of three teenagers

●     How seeing a counselor helped lay the groundwork for Deb’s work as a counselor, after forays into work as a teacher, business owner, advocate, and EMT

●     How advocacy work for youth internships led to Deb’s advocacy for blindness and vision issues and led her to get her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling

●     How Deb describes progressive vision loss and its effect on daily life and tasks

●     What colleagues should consider when affirming and creating an environment for those with progressive vision loss:

○     Ask, “What do I need to know to give you information that is useful to you?”

○     Believe that people can be successful, even with progressive vision loss


*Visit Deb’s website to learn more about her services, free giveaways, classes, and YouTube channel.

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Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast for aspiring and current mental health private practitioners who think differently.

On the podcast, I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room.

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Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc).

This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work.

I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really mean..it just rhymed =P).