Doreen Virtue

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Doreen Virtue Ph.D. is an American author.[1] She describes herself as a spiritual doctor of psychology; [2] she has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is the founder and former director of WomanKind Psychiatric Hospital at Cumberland Hall Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee,[3][4] as well as the founder of her trademark spiritual healing method, Angel Therapy. [5] Virtue has written over 50 books including a collection of oracle card decks on the subject of angels and other new age topics. [6]

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Personal Life

Doreen was born on April 29, 1958 to a Christian Scientist family in California. [7] She claims to have had clairvoyant abilities, such as seeing and conversing with spirits, since she was a young child. [8] In her twenties, she married Larry Schenk, with whom she had her two sons, Grant and Charles. [9] Virtue claims that Schenk was possessive and emotionally abusive, leading to the couples' eventual divorce. [10] Her second husband was Dwight Virtue, from whom she and her sons received their current surname, but who she divorced for undisclosed reasons. [11] Virtue was married and divorced for a third time to a man called Michael, [12] and she and her fourth husband, fellow Hay House author Steven Farmer, were divorced in 2009. [13] From her website, AngelTherapy.com: "Doreen has been a vegan since 1996, and she does philanthropy and advocacy work for charities involving the environment, animal rights, and children. Her hobbies include scuba diving, free diving with a mermaid tail, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends (including her pets)." [14]

Education and Early Career

Virtue was working as an insurance secretary for the companies Prudential, AllState, and State Farm when she decided to pursue higher education.[15] She received her associates degree in liberal arts from Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, and obtained a B.A. in Psychology in 1986 and an M.A. in Counseling psychology in 1988 from Chapman University in Orange, California.[16] Virtue acquired her Doctorate of Philosophy Psychology from California Coast University in 1996, a university which was unaccredited until 2005[17], contrary to a statement on her YouTube channel.[18] The subject of her dissertation was the tendency of adults who suffered childhood sexual abuse to develop addictions such as eating disorders.[19]

After obtaining her bachelor's degree in Psychology, Virtue volunteered at the alcohol and drug abuse care unit in Palmdale, California, where she was eventually hired as a full-time intake counselor.[20] When she received her master's degree, she worked at a psychiatric facility under psychologist Dr. John Beck, M.D. as an eating disorder therapist.[21][22] She also spent time directing several outpatient psychiatric centers, including the Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinic in Lancaster, California; Woodside Women's Hospital in Woodside, California; and Cumberland Woman's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, where she opened "Woman Kind," an all-female psychiatric program.[23][24]

Doreen began publishing psychology and self-help books on topics such as child custody [25] and eating disorders [26], and was also featured on TV talk shows and advice columns (as "The Love Doctor") for romantic and relationship advice [27] before changing the focus of her work and writing to spiritually-oriented and new thought topics.

Personal and Career Transition

From Doreen's website, AngelTherapy.com: "...on July 15, 1995, Doreen's personal life and her career, marked by exemplary but conventional success, would be irrevocably altered by an incident that is nothing short of miraculous." [28] Virtue claims that on that day, she was warned by angels that her car might be stolen, and that she ignored their warnings. She says she was then accosted by two armed men who intended to steal her car. Doreen says she heard a loud, male voice instructing her to scream, which she did; her screaming alarmed people nearby who came to her aid and frightened off the carjackers. [29] [30] Since that day, Virtue began to reexamine her beliefs and practices both in her personal and professional life, and soon shifted her spiritual and career practices onto the topics of angels and angel communication. [31] [32]

Current Career

Virtue currently writes for the publishing company Hay House [33] and has several dozens of books and other products, such as audiobooks and oracle card decks, published with them [34] on various topics such as angels, fairies, [35] and ascended masters. [36] From Doreen's author biography on the back of her and son Charles Virtue's book, Signs From Above: "She [Doreen] is the bestselling author of many books, cards and audiocassettes, with sales of over one million copies". [37] Along with writing, Virtue conducts spiritually-oriented courses and workshops, [38] hosts a call-in radio show on Hay House Radio, [39] [40] and speaks at new thought conferences, including Mishka Production's Celebrate Your Life! [41] and Hay House's annual I Can Do It! conference. [42] From her website: "A frequent talk-show guest with appearances on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, The View, and other national programs." It should be noted that on shows such as Oprah, Doreen was a guest in the audience and had a photo taken with Oprah but was not involved in the show content. "Doreen is also a columnist for several monthly publications. Magazines and newspapers that have featured her work include McCall's, TV Guide, Woman's Day, First for Women, Vegetarian Times, Lotus, Woman's World, Miracles, Bridal Trends, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, Men's Fitness, Shape, and The Denver Post." [43] Again, it should be noted most of these refer to mentions of Doreen in passing or unsolicited correspondence. References to these articles are to Doreen's own web page, while searches of the respective papers and magazines do not yield contributions, interviews or solicited written content from Doreen. Doreen also plays guitar in her band, Obsidian.[44] [45]

Published works

Books

Card Decks

Kits

References

  1. ^ "More than a sweet tooth". Press and Journal. 08/10/2011. http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2466337. 
  2. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ (2012 [last update]). "Doreen Virtue | Sacred Bliss". sacredbliss.co.uk. http://sacredbliss.co.uk/top-self-help-authors-must-see-page/doreen-virtue/. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Moore, Waveney Ann (Mar 3, 2001). "Do you believe in angels? This crowd does Series". St. Petersburg Times. 
  5. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about_at.php. 
  6. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  8. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  10. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  11. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  12. ^ Virtue, Doreen (2001). Healing With the Fairies. Hay House. pp. 224. 
  13. ^ Farmer, Steven. "Earth Magic: Shamanic Healing Blog: Endings and Beginnings". http://www.earthmagic.net/shamanic-healing-blog/182-endings-and-beginnings. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.detc.org/school_details.php?id=178
  18. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  19. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  20. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  21. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  22. ^ Virtue, Doreen (2002). Losing Your Pounds of Pain. Hay House. pp. 256. ISBN 1561709506. 
  23. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  24. ^ Virtue, Doreen. "Video Interview: Doreen Virtue discusses how she earned her University Degrees". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXCs5PbMcc. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  25. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1988). My Kids Don't Live With Me Anymore. Compcare Pubns. pp. 191. ISBN 0896381579. 
  26. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1990). The Yo-Yo Diet Syndrome. pp. 288. ISBN 1561703524. 
  27. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  28. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  30. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  31. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  32. ^ Virtue, Doreen (1997). The Lightworker's Way. Hay House. pp. 320. ISBN 1561703907. 
  33. ^ "Hay House Author Bio Doreen Virtue". http://www.hayhouse.com/authorbio.php?id=84. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  34. ^ "Hay House Doreen Virtue product page". http://www.hayhouse.com/author.php?id=84. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  35. ^ Virtue, Doreen (2011). Fairies 101. Hay House. pp. 144. ISBN 1401931839. 
  36. ^ Virtue, Doreen (2004). Archangels and Ascended Masters. Hay House. pp. 243. ISBN 1401900631. 
  37. ^ Virtue, Virtue, Charles, Doreen (2009). Signs From Above: Your Angels' Messages about Your Life Purpose, Relationships, Health, and More. Hay House. pp. 130. ISBN 1401918514. 
  38. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  39. ^ "Hay House Radio Hosts". http://www.hayhouseradio.com/hosts.php?author_id=84. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  40. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  41. ^ "Celebrate Your Life". http://www.celebrateYourLifeSedona.org/. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  42. ^ "Angel Therapy". http://www.angeltherapy.com/. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  43. ^ "About Doreen Virtue". http://www.angeltherapy.com/about.php. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  44. ^ "Find That Place Mermaid Doreen Virtue Obsidian Music Video". http://wn.com/Find_That_Place_Mermaid_Music_Video,_Doreen_Virtue,_Obsidian. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  45. ^ "Obsidian Band YouTube Channel". http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9C7093D9DF08C85E. Retrieved 7 June 2012.