Welcome to my website. I am Veronica Thomas, PhD, a licensed psychologist located in the San Fernando Valley with offices in Woodland Hills and surrounding areas. I work with individuals to improve their self awareness so that they are more at ease with themselves and with others. I help people access their inner resources necessary to deal with life stressors as well as to create more emotionally connected and fulfilling lives. Through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) I help individuals reduce the "charge" of painful memories and experiences so that they no longer disturb well-being. Through Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) I help partners (friends, relatives and romantic) shift from communication impasses and conflicts to dialogues that lead to understanding and reconnection.
My approach to treatment is informed by psychodynamic theory especially attachment theory which has been substantiated by research to account for the quality of human relationships. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) informs my work on helping people to shift their anxious and self-negating thoughts and beliefs to more adaptive ones. Couple Counseling/Therapy has been shaped by the marital research of John Gottman and by Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, developed by Sue Johnson. Empirically validated, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples has a very high success rate for repairing couple distress. Before and after graduate school, most psychologists only have one or two courses in couples therapy. Since 2005, I have had extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. For more information about EFT, please go to "Learn More" on the left side of this page.
At one time or other in their lives, most people can benefit from counseling. Because the relationship with your therapist will greatly influence the effectiveness of treatment, it's important to find a qualified and experienced therapist with whom you are comfortable and in whom you have confidence.You want to find a therapist with whom you can make an emotionally safe connection to explore your most deeply felt sources of distress. With over 38 years of experience, perhaps I am that therapist for you. You are welcome to call (818-888-7923) for a free 15-20 minute consultation.