YVONNE THOMAS, PH.D.

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Monster.com “5 Ways To Be a Better Communicator at Work” (03/06/2017)

better work communication, career advice, best psychologist in LAEXCERPT: In some ways, being a “yes man” can serve you well in your career, but it’s easy to slip into the “I need to please everyone” mode and get overwhelmed. Bite off only as much as you can chew at one time.

“Remember that age-old adage: Actions speak louder than words,” says Yvonne Thomas, a Los Angeles-based psychologist who specializes in career issues. “Be consistent in doing what you say and saying what you do.”

If you say you’re going to finish a PowerPoint presentation by Friday, do it. If you can’t do it, don’t commit. It’s better to say no to something upfront than fail to complete the assignment.

“This is critical in business because you gain credibility, trust and respect on the job,” Thomas says.

 

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Redbookmag.com “10 Ways to Get On With Your Life After a Divorce” (02/27/2017)

Life After a DivorceEXCERPT: “After a divorce, people can feel very unattractive and unwanted romantically because they can be feeling depressed, anxious, and/or insecure. Therefore, it’s imperative that you consciously not let yourself or how you look go,” says Los Angeles-based psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. “Get dressed up and go out on the town with your girlfriends, go to meet-ups or social events, engage in some innocent flirting…make it a point to look for joy in your life.”

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Dr. Thomas Featured on VeryWell.com “What Celebrity Body Shaming Can Teach You About Fitness” (02/20/2017)

Body Image Issues, Self Esteem, Best Psychologist in Los AngelesEXCERPT: The truth is, being physically fit does not mean looking like a supermodel, and as clinical psychologist Dr. Yvonne Thomas points out, the “supermodel body” is often attained through decidedly unhealthy actions, including binging, purging, extreme restriction of calories, using laxatives, or exercising excessively. In other words, the pursuit of the “perfect body” is often entirely different than the pursuit of a healthy body.

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Dr. Thomas on Thelist.com “Features That Attract People the Most” (02/13/2017)

Los Angeles psychologist, yvonne thomas, therapist los angelesBeing vulnerable entails allowing yourself to be seen in a way that makes you uncomfortable: weaknesses, flaws, insecurities, and all. When you’re being vulnerable, you choose not to hide who you really are. The good and the bad, strong and weak… it’s all out in the open. Being open, honest, and real, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable, takes guts.

Even though vulnerability can feel incredibly risky, it can also be deeply rewarding. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist whose specialties include relationships and self-esteem, told me that vulnerability — and being open about one’s flaws, idiosyncrasies, and weaknesses — makes a person more relatable and human, instead of coming across as too cold or too perfect.

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Reader’s Digest “8 Ways to Be Single—and Honestly Love It—on Valentine’s Day” (02/06/2017)

How To Be Single On Valentine's DayEXCERPT: Being single on Valentine’s Day leaves you open to do whatever you want to do without having to check in with another person. This vacation from having to compromise without worrying about someone else’s wants or needs presents a delicious opportunity to focus on yourself. “Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful day of loving and celebrating yourself,” says LA-based psychologist, Yvonne Thomas, PhD. Thomas suggests treating yourself to loving, self-care gifts, such as a massage, mani-pedi, facial, complimentary makeover, or scented bubble bath.

 

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Verilymag.com “Here’s The No. 1 Question These Therapists Get Asked About Love” (01/30/2017)

Psychologist in Los Angeles and Brentwood areaEXCERPT:  From time to time, we all seek advice about love from someone. Most often our chosen confidant is probably one of our close friends or a relative. But, for some, that person is a professional—a therapist.

If you’ve ever thought about seeing a therapist but hesitated for fear that they might think you’re crazy or won’t understand your situation, the sources we heard from for this article assured us: They’ve heard it all—and most of it at least twice.

 

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Dr. Thomas on Bustle.com “7 Basic Skills You Need In Order To Have A Successful Relationship” (01/23/2017)

los angeles psychologist, psychologist los angelesEXCERPT: What’s the secret to having a successful relationship? A 2013 study conducted by Robert Epstein of the University of the South Pacific Fiji found it all begins with you. Epstein created a model defining a set of seven basic skills you should already have as an individual in order to have a strong, happy, and fulfilling relationship. In a 2016 replication of the study, Epstein and colleagues found that out of the seven key factors that make a good relationship, two matter the most. Chances are you already know what they are. The seven basic skills are ones you should be pretty familiar with: Communication, Conflict resolution, Knowledge of Partner, Life Skills, Self-management, Sex and Romance, and Stress Management. “From my experience in working with clients over the years, there is a specific basic skill that I have repeatedly found to be the most important one to master,” Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist tells Bustle. “It actually impacts the quality of the other basic skills necessary for successful relationships.”

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Cheatsheet.com “The Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who Is Depressed” (01/16/2017)

Couples Therapy Los Angeles, Los Angeles TherapistEXCERPT: To learn more about the right and wrong ways to talk to a person with depression, we spoke with Yvonne Thomas, PhD, a Los Angeles-based psychologist whose specialty includes depression. We asked her for advice on the best ways to relate to a depressed individual as well as helpful tips on how to show support. Here’s what Thomas had to say.

The Cheat Sheet: What exactly is depression? How do you know if someone you love has it?

Yvonne Thomas: Depression is a condition that can negatively affect a person’s ability to function physically and emotionally. To know if someone you love has depression, look for any of the following recurring symptoms that happen for an extended time period.

 

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Bustle “How To Fall Back In Love With Your Partner, According To Science” (01/09/2017)

relationship counseling los angeles, psychologist in brentwoodEXCERPT: “Positive thinking can increase how much love you have for your partner for several reasons,” Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist tells Bustle. “First of all, if you are already thinking positively in general, you are much more likely to notice and appreciate those qualities in your partner that you love rather than take these characteristics for granted or overlook them. Also, if you typically tend to engage in positive thinking, you are likely to be a more open-hearted person in general, as well as towards your partner than someone who tends to be more of a negative or even neutral kind of thinker.”

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Dr. Thomas Featured on Inspirations & Celebrations “10 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick” (01/01/2017)

los angeles therapistEXCERPT: Yvonne Thomas is a licensed psychologist in Los Angeles with over twenty years of experience, three degrees in psychology, and a variety of specialties including increasing motivation and self-esteem. She suggests that we write down our goals for the New Year. “Once you have identified what your New Year resolution will be, concretely write down a plan to give yourself a clear, realistic idea of what it will take achieve this. Having a specific plan will also help you more quickly recognize if and where you get de-railed so that you can get back on track faster. Note that it is important to organize the plan into manageable steps that are very doable and practically foolproof which will allow you to keep making progress and, consequently, keep positively reinforcing you to stick to your commitment.”

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