Denisha Maddie is a mental health professional from Chicago, Illinois. One of her core beliefs is understanding the most authentic version of one’s self is an ongoing process that requires a conscious effort. She is enthusiastic about helping others work towards their own inner healing. She considers herself the bridge that leads her clients toward healing at a pace most suitable for them. She does this first by establishing trust and mutual understanding.
Denisha earned her B.A. in Psychology from Illinois State University, with a minor in Children’s Studies. She later received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she gained vital experience working with children and youth in schools, as well as clinical settings. Her vigorous field experiences facilitated her specialties that include posttraumatic stress induced by racism and classism, anxiety, depression, and grief. In addition to her work with youth, she has spent two years working with individuals experiencing homelessness and chronic mental illnesses, such as mood disorders and substance/drug use disorders. She enjoys working with and advocating for individuals who are often neglected and forgotten by society. Her work in the field was fueled not only by passion for the people, but also a keen interest in the research involving people in low socioeconomic areas. She stays informed on current research, theories, and treatments/intervention plans, which aid in her ability to critically engage with her clients. Denisha aims to help clients identify ways that societal structures impact their circumstances. These include, but are not limited to, systemic racism, discrimination, intersectionality, community violence, police brutality, emotional and psychological abuse, and generational trauma. Through collaboration, honesty, and diligence, she believes everyone can reach inner healing to live the life they envision and deserve.