Virginia “Gin” Marie Thompson, Ph.D., D. Div., is the author of Sunrises at Midnight, the bestselling poetry collection. Dr. Virginia Mari is a nationally recognized psychotherapist, relationship and trauma specialist, Ancient Wisdom Spiritual teacher, bestselling poet, author, spoken word artist, social justice educator, and adjunct professor. A highly sought-after expert in her fields Dr. GIn has been featured on The TODAY Show, Huffington Post, Everyday Health, Chicago Tribune, Prevention, Glamour, Women’s Health, Fitness, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Health, Woman’s Day, and more.
As an eminent authority on creativity and expressive arts transformational effects she has presented on their therapeutic practice internationally. She is the author of the poetry anthology Sunrises at Midnight released June 11, 2019, debuting on five Amazon Best-Seller lists selling out during its first two runs.
Foremost, Gin is a mystic at heart, her sincerest passion being her calling as a messenger of Love and the creative. Her work, as an amplifier of Love, is the foundation of her many pursuits.
Dr. Gin Marie Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, a second doctorate as a Doctor of Divinity, Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree in Counseling Education from the CACREP accredited University of Central Florida (UCF) with an additional certification in Marriage and Family Counseling, a master’s in Metaphysical Science, and her first bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a second bachelor’s in religious studies. She is also a certified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist and certified Reiki practitioner.
Gin has assisted countless clients across the world: clients, readers, and course participants of all walks of life. She has held hands with the dying, counseled incarcerated women, encouraged the hopeless, and sat on street curbs with the downtrodden and addicted. During her professional career, Gin worked with the general population, elite high-profile clientele, to her most ardent quest in agency work with at-risk youth; a population of which she was included during her own youth.
Dr. Gin left a thriving professional psychotherapy practice to pursue her calling of writing and teaching with a profound dedication to service to humanity. As a curator of ancient wisdom and bridge-builder between science, spirituality, and the creative she raises the vibration of each subject she contributes. With each offering, she provides her audience with greater insight into current life situations and ultimate life purpose. Her nurturing authentic nature and skillful guidance accelerated awareness and clarity merging from her eclectic areas of knowledge including clinical psychology, passionate lifelong pursuit of ancient wisdom spiritual teachings, her personal journey, and creativity.
Sharing her stories from a place of knowing the dedication, pain, and ultimate freedom our personal work encompasses having walked her own path of the dark night, encountering traumas in early childhood, and throughout her adulthood, including the suicide of her brother and only sibling. She has lived and continues to walk the work she writes and teaches, helping others experience lasting change from that which is deeply rooted, creating enduring transformation in their lives.
Her poetry, writings, and teachings come from a space of strength having experienced extreme life challenges. Choosing to transmute hardships by doing the Soul work required to rise from the ashes as the mystical Phoenix and determined lotus rising from the mire toward the sun, Gin’s message is, “I've breathed in the darkness of the shadows of life. I know their bitter tinge on the Soul. With guidance, persistence, patience, and making the choice to move forward a step each day being huntresses of beauty we can find our most authentic selves and life. Once we have encountered such extreme trial and triumph we meet ourselves within. When this meeting takes place we are forever fortified with the knowledge of our innate ability to not merely survive, but thrive. You are not alone. There is meaningfulness to be found in the darkest of nights.”
A lifelong social justice activist and educator, Gin was a member of the Official Trayvon Martin Coalition and movement from its inception where she served as a PR assistant and grassroots organizer to the cause that soon birthed a national, then global, reawakening of the civil right movement. “Gin Thompson is an unsung hero of the Trayvon Martin and civil rights movement,” says Benjamin Crump, Civil Rights Attorney and Leader and attorney of the Trayvon Martin family.
She also served as representative and consultant bringing national attention to African-American Private Firefighter Mikel Neal's 2015 noose case in Marion, Indiana, the home of the infamous 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith pictured on Public Enemy’s Hazy Shade of Criminal album cover. Marion, Indiana, is also the inspiration for the Billie Holiday classic, “Strange Fruit,” and her hometown, serves as the backdrop for an upcoming memoir.
Poetry and music have played a prominent role in Gin’s life since childhood. Having written her first poem, before knowing what poetry was, on a napkin with a chunky preschool pencil and playing keyboard at weddings by the age of ten. She would go on to enter the world of music as a professional co-owning and managing the then pioneering online radio station EmancipationRado.com. Gin hosted the online radio show Lyrical Rhapsody on EmancipationRadio.com creating a platform for independent musicians while interviewing Grammy Award-winning artists, International Best Selling authors including Nikki Giovanni, James Redfield, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, and Judith Orloff, and produced a series of interviews with prominent Civil Rights educator Tim Wise, co-hosted by friend, actress and activist Samaria Graham.
Gin is currently working on the completion of her first memoir and collections of poetry.