Denise Hill, MAAT

Preferred pronouns; they, them, theirs

I support individuals of diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, races, beliefs, classes, abilities, and relationship configurations.

As a therapist, I work with children, adolescents, adults and families who are survivors of trauma, gender-based violence, grief and loss.  I believe that as we explore with compassion and creativity, how you have traversed many obstacles, you will begin to reconnect to a deeper understanding of yourself and others.  

Life transitions, multicultural challenges, marginalization, power structures and systems affect our relationships and the world around us.  Collaboratively we can address the way these impact you and begin to heal and grow.

Earlier experiences of trauma and loss causes, shame, fear, depression and anxiety can recur and become harmful to your sense of self, your dreams and your relationships. I believe therapy can help mediate and transform life. In some circles this approach to therapy is referred to as a trauma-informed, relational, grief and loss framework.

I am also trained as an art therapist. At times, I may encourage you to to use creative writing and/or art materials as vehicles to foster awareness, reduce anxiety, experiment in building new ways of relating, self-reflect or explore past and present meanings.

Although you may feel life circumstances are difficult, painful or challenging, I believe your desire for a new perspective of relating to self and others is one of your greatest assets. Please contact me if you want help with aspects of life that are bringing you down.

Denise Hill, MAAT, holds a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their clinical work focused on pediatric oncology patients and the teenage girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and their families as well as individuals, families and children who experienced grief and loss. Denise received their bachelor’s degree in Art from Illinois State University while also studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

Denise has trained at the following institutions:
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, IT.
Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL.

Denise is a member of:
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Illinois Art Therapy Association (IATA)

For more information or to make an appointment, please call or email: [email protected]  847-568-1100

LifeWorks serves the north suburbs including Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge and Glencoe as well as Chicago neighborhoods including Central Loop, Lakeview, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.