Denika McMillen, MSW, LCSW
Hello, I’m Denika McMillen, LCSW. I am a helper. When people feel isolated or alone in their situation, they need someone else to help them gain a new perspective, feel differently, or at times, escape the state at hand. My philosophy is to view therapy is a “tune up” to help people keep operating through life. Just like cars need regular tune ups and oil changes to keep running smoothly, people also need regular check-ins and support. This is especially important for people of color and minority populations because they face additional societal challenges that may or may not be overt but are often internalized.
I was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, and am a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work. I have nearly twenty years-experience as a therapist and counselor. I specialize in working with adults and adolescents of color, LGBTQ+, and individuals confronted with a range of life challenges from depression, anxiety, bipolar, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and substance abuse.
I believe in utilizing a person-centered approach to intervention, which focuses on the participant having an opportunity to assess how their attitudes and thoughts are being affected. As a therapist, I thrive for each individual to perceive me as being genuine, having unconditional positive regard for them, and accurate empathy. I also have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which I utilize in my tool belt of intervention strategies.