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Compassionate Psychologist in Thousand Oaks, CA

Welcome to the website of Dr. Laura Thomas, Ph.D., an experienced and compassionate psychologist in Thousand Oaks, CA. Here, you will find helpful information about the psychotherapy and counseling services that I offer individuals, couples, and families in Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley.

My areas of specialization include working with teens, adults, and seniors who are experiencing:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Chronic Illness & Disease
Laura Thomas

When to Consult an Experienced Therapist

Life can present us with many challenges and difficulties that we are not prepared to deal with. Although family and friends may be supportive and desire to be helpful, they may be limited in their ability to be objective. Sometimes it is helpful to have the assistance of a trained licensed professional, such as an experienced therapist, to guide you through your life’s journey with its challenges and obstacles.

As your counselor, I assist you in learning about yourself and help you acquire alternative coping techniques for the problems you are facing. Additionally, I support and encourage you as you implement key changes in your life that result in greater peace and happiness.

Start on the Path to Healing Today

As people journey through their lives, each will meet with obstacles and challenges that they must overcome in a healthy manner in so they may continue growing and moving forward. Our bodies and minds are equipped with a wonderful capacity to adapt, process, and problem-solve. Despite these rich inner resources, there are times in each person’s life when they feel stuck or unable to resolve a problem or reconcile a major change.

Perhaps they do not yet have the necessary skills to cope with a new situation, or the emotions surrounding an incident are too overwhelming to deal with on their own. At these times, my services as an experienced therapist help the individual learn new skills, process a painful loss, or make self-care decisions that will lead to greater confidence and peace.

A psychologist journeys alongside a person as they travel through a difficult season of their life. Some worry that visiting a psychologist will mean that they are sick or that something is wrong with them. In reality, mental health professionals most often deal with functioning people who simply need help refining their coping mechanisms or whose life is temporarily out of balance in some area. As a therapist, I do not attempt to “fix” an individual, but rather I work with them in a collaborative fashion to help them discover their inner resources. In this way, working through a problem or issue with a counselor can empower a person to have more confidence in their coping abilities.

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Our Services

Marriage & Relationship Counseling

Restore intimacy, trust, and affection to your relationship.

Anxiety & Stress Reduction

Discover effective solutions for reducing your anxiety.

Life Transitions

Receive the support you need as you face life’s changes.

Sports Psychology & Creativity

Improve your performance by becoming a more mindful athlete and artist.

Depression

Start the process that achieves meaningful healing.

Spiritual Psychology

Learn strategies for connecting with who you really are.

Here When You Need a Personal Therapist

There are a variety of reasons why an individual might seek out my services as a therapist. Many seek a mental health counselor when they are experiencing a major life change or transition, such as a marriage, divorce, move, or career change. I help such individuals process the changes that are occurring and support them in creating a strategy or acquiring the skills that will help them be successful in this new life stage.

Others may seek my services because of a struggle with imbalances in their emotions or thought patterns, such as debilitating depression and anxiety. These conditions present difficult and overwhelming challenges to face alone, and as a mental health counselor, I guide people towards healthier thought patterns and behaviors.

While many people think about visiting a psychologist at some point in their life, many do not because they are unsure of what to expect. Media stereotypes surrounding psychology have obscured the process that lies at the heart of the counseling process: a confidential, trusting relationship between the psychologist and the person seeking help. Meeting with a psychologist is a rewarding first step toward creating a more harmonious and fulfilling life.

After the initial anxiety of the first meeting, talking with a psychologist feels similar to a comfortable, challenging, but rewarding conversation with a friend. Having the courage to make a phone call or step inside an office can be difficult, but it shows a commitment to a healthy and positive way of living. I look forward to taking your call and helping you with your life’s journey.

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Work toward improved wellbeing with an experienced therapist.
Call (805) 371-1825