YVONNE THOMAS, PH.D.

Los Angeles Psychologist | Individuals/Couples/Family | Healing the soul, body, and mind for over twenty years.

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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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Dr. Thomas Featured on Highya.com “Holiday Grief: 5 Professional Tips for Finding Relief” (12/29/2016)

dr-thomas-los-angeles-psychologist-on-highyaEXCERPT: To this point, Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based individual, couples, and family psychologist, recommends that you shouldn’t deny or ignore the loss that’s causing your grief. Doing so can actually increase the intensity and uncomfortableness of these negative emotions.

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Dr.Thomas Featured on Bustle.com “Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until The Holidays Are Over To Break Up With Someone” (12/19/2016)

dr-thomas-featured-on-bustle-com-%22why-you-shouldnt-wait-until-the-holidays-are-over-to-break-up-with-someone%22-12192016EXCERPT: “In general, it is healthier and more honest to break up with your significant other before the holidays rather than after them if you have already decided to end the relationship,” Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist who specializes in relationships, tells Bustle. “To spend the holidays together and then break up can seem misleading, manipulative, selfish or weak to the other person and can actually make the breakup even more painful.”

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Dr. Thomas on Herald Tribune “To be a Successful Leader, Work to Improve Your EQ” (12/12/2016)

dr-thomas-on-herald-tribune-%22to-be-a-successful-leader-work-to-improve-your-eq%22-12122016EXCERPT:  Yvonne Thomas, a Los Angeles-based psychologist whose specialties include career-building and work relationships, notes that, “I have worked with my clients to increase their EQ by improving their skills in communication, listening, rapport and collaboration. In turn, their direct reports are responding with more cooperation, enthusiasm and confidence. Typically, the best business leader has both the EQ and the IQ to get the best results from his or her people. They feel appreciated and valued by their boss.”

 

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Dr. Thomas on NPR Station 89.3FM KPCC “Breaking Bread, Butting Heads: Politics Could Make Thanksgiving Dinner Hard To Swallow” (11/23/2016)

yvonne thomas interview, kpcc, nprAs loved-ones draw near this Thanksgiving, there may come a temptation to talk politics. If among mixed company, one might find themselves in a tough spot: especially when emotions run high.

One KPCC listener has been dreading political conversations with her family, so Take Two brought in Dr. Yvonne Thomas to talk her through it.

To listen to this story please visit: http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/11/23/53236/breaking-bread-butting-heads-politics-could-make-t/

Dr. Thomas on CSUN On Point “The Media and Its Effect on How Men and Women Compare How They Look to Media’s Perfectionistic Standards” (11/02/2016)

Communication Skill-Building for Individuals and Couples (10/26/2016)

communication skill building, couples communication issues, couples therapy los angelesGood communication is an essential skill that can lead to satisfying connections and understanding if done correctly.  Unfortunately, when it is not done right, communication issues can lead to misunderstandings, rifts, and eventually even break-ups if not dealt with soon enough or properly.  In my practice in which I work with adult individuals and also do couples counseling, I frequently have clients with communication problems in their personal and/or professional lives which are causing them frustration and upset.  On the surface, good communication seems like it should be pretty easy.  In actuality, it involves many steps and is quite complex, which is why it is hard to do in a healthy, effective manner.

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