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About Dr Thomson

 

As a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in Michigan and California, I have provided service to adults, children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years in school, correctional, nonprofit family counseling, day treatment, private practice, chemical dependency, and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. My clinical and research training was mentored by AIU professor, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ph.D., co-founder of the International Play Therapy Journal and the International Association for Play Therapy. 

My clinical activities have included child/family play therapy, adult/child/adolescent individual therapy, family therapy, Family Court mediation counseling, post-divorce co-parenting support, counseling to gay/transgender youths and their parents, helping children and their families confront autism spectrum disorders, social anxiety, ADHD (ADD), OCD, bipolar disorder, child neuropsychological disability evaluation, crisis intervention, and early intervention program consultation.

I value helping others navigate shyness, loneliness, depression, loss, and grief. I also work with writers, musicians, and theater performers regarding performance anxiety and working-through "creative blocks." As our area has many great universities, I offer help to students wanting to develop friendships, weather emotional challenges, and successfully navigate academic goals.

I try to help people develop social skills which balance their own needs and boundaries with those of others. I use a family systems orientation and prescriptive cognitive-behavioral approach to select strategies best suited to meet your individual or family’s goals.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association,  International Association for Play Therapy, California Association for Play Therapy, and the Bay Area Gay and Lesbian Therapy Association. I have served as an Advisory Board member of The Pacific Autism Center for Education. I am a professional member of The National Resource Center on ADHD (CHADD.ORG) and The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF.ORG).

When not reviewing psychological assessments with parents or role playing social skills with kids, you’ll find me cycling, downhill skiing, playing tennis, playing drums, or trying to hit a golf ball.

Our office suite and parking is ADA compliant, well lit, and easy to locate. We are located in San Jose - Los Gatos, CA, area - across from GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL by the HWY-17/85 interchange.

If you or a family member are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Please call +1-408-402-9858 for a free telephone consultation today.