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Lorraine Thomas
PsyD, DrPH

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Hello!  I’m Lorraine.  I believe that the mind and the body are inextricably connected and, therefore, I take a wholistic approach in treating individuals.  My passion is teaching people how to live healthy lifestyles.  I help people understand how their mind affects their body, and how their body, in turn, also affects their mind.    

 

I further believe that the therapeutic space, temenos, from the Greek meaning a sacred, protected space, is one in which the therapist and the individual collaborate. The therapist is not to be seen as the expert; rather, the individual is the one who knows his or her pain, and the therapist’s role is to facilitate bringing the unconscious and the unexamined feelings/thoughts into awareness.

 

I want to make you feel safe in this space, so that you can be transformed in the process.  I believe the goals of therapy are: symptom removal (initially), alleviation of pain, facilitation of personal growth, basic character change, and the removal of obstacles blocking your paths.  I subscribe to German psychoanalyst, Karen Horney’s view that the human being has an inbuilt propensity toward self-realization. If obstacles are removed, the individual will develop into a mature, fully realized adult, just as an acorn will develop into an oak tree.  I believe that the individual has the capability and capacity to heal herself or himself.  The healing comes from within; and it’s my job to facilitate and awaken that awareness.  

 

With a doctorate in public health as well, her experience, focus, and passion has been with helping individuals learn how to live healthy lifestyles, reduce incidences of chronic disease, and reduce obesity.

 

I have my doctorate in clinical psychology.  And because of my interest and passion in health and wellness, I also pursued a doctorate in public health, specializing in preventive care.  My dissertation, research, and interest has been in weight/obesity, but I am also passionate about helping individuals reduce/prevent chronic disease (e.g., Type 2 diabetes).  

 

In addition to working with anxiety and depression, my specialties include:  

 

Chronic diseases, chronic pain, trauma, adult ADHD, women’s issues, health behavior change, relationship issues, career coaching, and leadership development.

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123-456-7890