GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
Virginia Hogue-Denis, MA, MHC
I PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO HELP CLIENTS DEEPEN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES AND SUPPORT THEM AS THEY NAVIGATE LIFE’S CHALLENGES.
WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST
I became a therapist because life can be challenging and I don’t think that anyone should ever go through difficult times alone. I help clients build the tools to live an intentional and purposeful life that will help them reach their goals and find fulfillment.
I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP PEOPLE SORT THROUGH THE COMPLEXITIES OF LIFE AND DEVELOP A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES.
WHEN WORKING WITH CLIENTS, I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON THE WORLD AS YOU SEE IT. EACH OF US TAKES SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE FROM OUR ENCOUNTERS AND LIVES, AND THESE EXPERIENCES MAKE UP OUR REALITY. MY FOCUS IS TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND YOURSELF AND YOUR PERCEPTIONS SO YOU CAN EFFECT REAL AND LASTING CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE.
Therapy is a place that is safe to be vulnerable and process those difficult feelings and emotions without feeling guilty, ashamed, or judged. When we work together, we will build a trusting therapeutic relationship to foster a place where you can feel safe to open up and discuss things at your own pace.
When I work with clients, I incorporate THREE THINGS to create positive change:
empathy | self-awareness | compassion
WHO I WORK WITH
I work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, major life changes, and work-related stressors. I also work with couples experiences relationship dissatisfaction and changes.
HOW CAN TALKING ABOU MY PROBLEMS HELP?
A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
- I have earned my Master’s in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy from The Institute for Clinical Social Work.
- I am working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
- I have completed a 27.5 hour Living Brave course by Dr. Brené Brown focusing on Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy.
- I have completed Level 1 of the Gottman Method Training.
- I work in a client focused way, blending psychodynamic principals with more tangible styles like CBT and a Multicultural Approach.
Likes to relax with a cup of tea
Loves to travel