Virginie Petrus, MHC-LP
Virginie was born in Haiti and migrated to New Jersey at 9 years old. She moved to New York in her teens and has called it home ever since.
Virginie received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College. She received her Bachelors in Psychology at SUNY Oneonta.
Virginie has worked in varied mental health settings including supportive housing programs, mental health clinics, as well as not-for-profit agencies. She has experience working with people of color, teens, families, adults, seniors, individuals struggling with substance use, as well as veterans. Virginie’s work has also led her to clinically counseling immigrants who are struggling with identity and adjustment-related issues.
Virginie’s therapeutic style is eclectic. She enjoys utilizing tools and theories from Family Systems Theory, CBT, DBT, Attachment theory, as well Narrative Exposure Therapy for trauma-informed care. Virginie is also interested in clinical research regarding anxiety and depression and how they both impact the body.
Virginie is Bilingual, she is Bilingual Haitian Creole- Native/English. Virginie identifies as part of the Haitian-American community; a community of people Virginie feels are open and welcoming to all. She takes pride in cooking Haitian food and reading books about the culture as a way to reconnect to her roots. Virginie feels the more she learns about the Haitian culture it empowers her to explore and understand the culture and heritage of others.
Virginie’s hobbies include; powerlifting weights in the gym, taking care of her plants, reading, and writing. Virginie’s self-care regime includes; cooking recipes from different cultures, going on long walks and/or hikes as well as baking desserts. Virginie enjoys the vibrant people of NYC and the local parks and gives back to the community by donating to local food banks.