Angel Therapy is a form of psychological counseling that integrates traditional counseling techniques with a belief in the reality of angels and the ability of patients to become aware of them. Angel therapy was developed by Doreen Virtue. Through the 1980s and early 1990s, Virtue had led a rather normal life as a psychologist. She had received her masters and doctorate in counseling psychology and subsequently headed various counseling programs, was an administrator at Woodside Women's Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area and founded Woman Kind Psychiatric Hospital at Cumberland Hall Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
While to all outward appearances she was a mainstream psychologist, she had also had ongoing experiences as a clairvoyant. During her childhood she has seen and conversed with invisible friends. Teased for her clairvoyant experiences, she denied them as an adult, although they periodically resurfaced. During counseling sessions, for example, she occasionally received information that allowed her to assist her patient. Everything changed in 1995, however, when the angelic voices warned her that her car would soon be stolen. She did not heed the voices, and before the day was out found herself in the midst of an attempted car jacking. With two men attempting to take her car, she finally listened to the voice that told her to scream. She did and the two men were scared off by a person attracted to the situation by her scream.
As a result of this experience, she began to listen to the voices, which she saw as coming from angelic sources, and began to reevaluate her life. He natural psychic abilities returned and Angel Therapy resulted from her conscious mixing of her psychological training with her psychic abilities. She also left her position at the hospital and went into private practice. As Angel Therapy matured, she began to lecture, write books, and give workshops. She made a number of natural media interviews and was especially popular on daytime television shows oriented toward women.
In the five years following her life-changing experience, she authored a number of books including Angel Therapy: Healing Messages for Every Area of Your Life (1997); Divine Guidance: How to Have a Dialogue with God and Your Guardian Angeles (1998);
Chakra Clearing (1998); and Healing with the Angels: How the Angels can Assist You with Every Area of Your Life (1999). She has also released a 44-card Angel Oracle Deck (1999) and a variety of cassette tapes.
Virtue's workshops and appearances are handled through Wing and a Prayer Productions, which may be contacted through her expansive Internet site at http://www.angeltherapy.com/. Virtue is also a vegetarian and animal rights activist, and recommends products that were produced without causing any pain or death to animal life.
Virtue, Doreen. Angel Therapy: Healing Messages for Every Area of Your Life. Carlsbad, Calif.: Hay House, 1997.
——. Chakra Clearing. Carlsbad, Calif.: Hay House, 1998.
——. Divine Guidance: How to Have a Dialogue with God and Your Guardian Angeles. Los Angeles: Audio Renaissance, 1998.
——. Healing with the Angels: How the Angels can Assist You with Every Area of Your Life. Carlsbad, Calif.: Hay House, 1999.