Mike Holland has been with VCC for over four years and is a very valued member of our clinical staff. Mike worked in both the Hanover Park and South Elgin offices originally and now sees clients exclusively in the South Elgin office on Monday through Friday. Mike has an infectious and contagious laugh that is famous at the VCC office.
- What do you do for fun? I love to spend time with my wife Julie eating out, doing projects around the house together, watching Hallmark movies together, and riding our Harleys together.
- What is your favorite movie. Hunger Games.
- Do you have a favorite food? Filet Mignon, baked potato with butter/butter/butter/butter and homemade bread.
- Favorite TV show. M.A.S.H.
- What are your hobbies? Riding Harley Davidsons with my wife, mowing the lawn, reading, listening to 50’s/60’s/70’s music.
- Where did you grow up and what is a favorite childhood memory? I grew up in Rittman, Ohio (northeast Ohio), and I cherished trips to my grandma and grandpa Harper’s home in southeast Ohio and playing in “Sunfish Creek.”
- Do you have a favorite sports team? That would be the Cleveland Browns.
- What was an embarrassing moment for you? I was preaching on the weekends during my college days. There is a story about a man named Moses who was the leader of a group of people called the Israelites. The Israelites disobeyed God and He sent snakes to kill many of them. Moses had a pole made with a snake at the top and told the people if they would look at this snake they would not die. I was talking about , “this dumb bronze serpent,” but at one point, referred to it as “this dumb broad.” Everyone caught what I had said, and once they quit laughing, I continued to be embarrassed.
- Do you have any favorite sayings? I have one from Sidney, the psychologist on my favorite T.V. show M.A.S.H. (his way of saying take time to have fun and relax amid the chaos of life); “Take my advice: pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”
“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- What is some of the best advice you received? My dad told me if I ever wanted someone to do something I suggested, always find a way to make it their idea.
- What are some of the main issues you help people cope with regularly? Depression, anxiety, communication, personal value, identity, setting boundaries with others, anger, marriage difficulties, 16-19 year old male adolescents becoming men.
- What led to you choosing counseling as a career? I naturally gravitated toward it after I graduated from college. I went to the university and became an ordained minister. Caring about hurting people has always been at the center of my life professionally. After receiving my master’s degree in counseling I decided to make it official and practice therapy full time.
- What are some of the main strengths you have as a counselor? Caring about my clients, using humor at times, genuineness, honesty, being direct with my clients when I see they need to make a change, allowing my clients to be themselves and feel comfortable while in session, and being able to stay focused.
- What do you like about your job? I believe I am making a positive difference in the lives of people concerning their mental health. I believe I am doing what God wants me to be doing. My co-workers are a great group to work with.
- What are your particular areas of expertise? Working with young married couples having difficulties, working with those who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger, finding self value, and communication.