From music education, to supply chain management, to overcoming a gambling addiction, Ambus Hunter’s path to becoming a financial counselor looks different from most.
In this episode, you’ll hear co-hosts Rebecca Wiggins and Dr. Mary Bell Carlson chat with Accredited Financial Counselor® Candidate Ambus as he shares his story of struggling with, and triumphing over, a gambling addiction, and how it ultimately brought him to his private practice.
Both vulnerable and authentic, Ambus discusses the importance of empathy and understanding within the financial coaching profession, the power of sharing our struggles, and the beauty in creating human connections.
00:52 Ambus Introduction
01:29 Ambus’ Journey to the Field of Finance
14:03 Understanding and being Empathetic towards Gambling Addictions
18:15 How Life Experiences Validate Your Practice
22:59 Working with Clients with an Addiction
27:27 They Journey towards the AFC®
29:52 Ambus’ Private Practice
32:34 Talking about Stocks and Investing as a Financial Counselor/Coach
35:52 Get Registered to Give Investment Advice
37:18 Ambus’ Two Cents
Show Note links:
Ambus’s blog: www.ambushunter.com
Ambus’ personal journey: https://www.ambushunter.com/how-gambling-away-my-savings-strengthened-my-relationship-with-money/
National Gambling Helpline: https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/national-helpline-1-800-522-4700/
Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
From the Ground Up: Starting a Private Practice and Navigating State Registrations: https://www.afcpe.org/real-money-real-experts-podcast/