Today’s guest is the lovely Denise Hooks, and I’m so grateful to Stacey Mulvey, my guest on episode 14, for connecting us! Denise is an incredible therapist based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she offers individual therapy, group therapy, and co-owns a consulting agency with her husband.
We spent like 3 hours on the phone, not even kidding!! I immediately felt comfortable with her, like I know her; she’s so easy to talk to and so smart and articulate. She’s doing such meaningful work with womxn of color and survivors of trauma, two of her main areas of focus.
As a disclaimer, parts of this episode may be triggering for people as we discuss topics (although not in a very detailed way) like interpersonal violence, suicide, and abortions. If you believe this may impact you, I suggest making a plan for self-care prior to listening.
Also, we had some sound issues, I hope it’s not too distracting for you! Apologies in advance.
*Skip to 6:08min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview
In this episode we hear:
How Denise decided to become a therapist and how she decided to work with the population she serves
How her cultural background and being a black womxn shapes her practice as a therapist
How she uses Existentialism and Gestalt therapies with clients, and how her theater background helps her help clients more efficiently
What Narrative therapy is and how she finds it especially useful working with people of color
How to find your theoretical approach as a therapist
The importance of boundaries and ethics in therapy
How to be a competent and inclusive provider
How to navigate challenging conversations within therapy, specifically when “racial undertones” or racism occurs
Using Existentialism in working with survivors of trauma
How memories and emotions are strongly tied together
How trauma can become trapped in the body, and ways to use different techniques in therapy to release it
About the stigma that exists for seeking therapy, specifically within communities of color
About her therapy group for womxn of color “Consciousness Raising”
About Denise and her husband’s consulting business Elevated Consulting and how they offer Organizational Psychology to businesses
Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):
Elevated Therapy by Denise
Follow Denise on Facebook
Follow Denise on Instagram
The Gloria Videos
Brené Brown’s new video Call to Courage
Book I’m Ok, You’re Ok
Justice Resource Institute
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram