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Psychologist in Los Angeles, Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. Interviewed For “How To Talk About Therapy In The Workplace” on theladders.com (05/24/2018)

Feel how I did? In honor of National Mental Health Awareness month, take the advice of Los Angeles-based psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., on how to bring up this all-too-important discussion with your higher-ups: Everyone’s reasons for needing therapy are different: while I sought a way of improving my outlook toward my family and love life, others might derive stress from body image or their toxic friend group. Whatever the cause, improving your mental state inevitably will change how you approach your job. That’s why Dr. Thomas suggests detailing these facts to your boss, as a way of illustrating how beneficial the experience will be holistically. “It is important to specify how you will be a better employee and a better colleague: such as that you will be more alert and energetic, have better concentration and focus, be more productive and motivated on the job, be an easier person for coworkers to getRead More

Yvonne Thomas Ph.D., A Therapist in Los Angeles, Quoted In “Male Engagement Rings: Would Your Guy Wear One?” on marthastewartweddings.com (05/03/2018)

Excerpt: You don’t have to propose to discuss the idea of your guy wearing an engagement ring, though. When you’re ready for that chat, Los Angeles-based psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., says to approach the topic with honesty and reasoning. “If you would feel more emotionally safe and secure that he is wearing an engagement ring, too, let him know these reasons and why him also wearing an engagement ring would provide comfort and assurance for you,” she explains. “If you want him to also wear an engagement ring while engaged because you would feel good to have him wear something that represent his deep love for you and commitment to the relationship, discuss this with him. The bottom line is if a man wears an engagement ring, whether by his inclination or his fiancée’s, it needs to be a healthy decision because he wants to and feels good about doing this.” Yvonne Thomas Ph.D.,Read More

Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Relationship Therapist in Los Angeles, Interviewed For “How To Talk About Infertility With Your Boss And Not Make It Uncomfortable” on theladders.com (04/26/2018)

EXCERPT: While some little girls play with baby dolls from the time they’re old enough to push around a toy stroller, others are sparked with the desire to have a child until they’ve met a lifelong partner. Others might not require a spouse and may begin a family on their own. Whatever the decision-making moment, being diagnosed as infertile is mentally and emotionally draining. Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. explains women specifically may suffer from diminished self-confidence and sense of worth, translating into a more reserved or defeated nature in the office. “A woman may feel less competent and valuable at work which can actually make the woman’s job performance suffer due to her being more insecure, less able to concentrate, being distracted, not sleeping well, and/or experiencing emotions such as irritability, anxiety, depression, frustration, grief, and/or helplessness,” she explains. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. is a Relationship Therapist in Los Angeles. To read theRead More

Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., A Psychologist In Los Angeles, Quoted In “How To Spot If You’re In A Toxic Friendship” on Yahoo.com (04/19/2018)

EXCERPT: Your friend is toxic if they can’t be happy for you. Did you finally manage to run a mile without stopping? That’s cause for a “Yay!” bitmoji. Did that amazing first date ask you out for a second date? Time for a glass of something strong to celebrate. Although every type of relationship fosters some sort of competitive spirit that keeps you playful, if your friends can’t muster up excitement over both the little and big moments in your life, psychologist Dr. Yvonne Thomas, PhD, says they likely don’t have your best interest at heart. “One indicator that your friend is toxic is that when things are going well for you, he or she can rarely be happy about it. Whether something good happens to you or you have achieved positive results due to your own efforts, a toxic friend may have a negative reaction — by being jealous, resentful, critical,Read More

Dr. Yvonne Thomas, a Relationship Therapist in Los Angeles, Interviewed For “I Made a Tinder Profile That Was Brutally Honest About My Mental Health” on Vice.com (04/10/2018)

EXCERPT: “Having bipolar depression doesn’t define my personality or anyone else’s, but according to Dr. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D, a Los Angeles-based psychologist whose specialties include relationships, “A person with a mental illness can be misread as not caring, being insensitive, or being aloof, which can affect even being able to start a relationship with a new person.” When I asked Matt* how he felt about potentially dating a woman with bipolar depression, he was skeptical. “It really depends on how it is. I do think it’s part of your identity but I hope you don’t let it define you. If you are really mean, that would make it hard. If you’re a mean person already, I think it adds to it then. So if that’s your situation that would be difficult for me.” …People with mental health concerns can, and often do, lead healthy, fulfilling romantic lives. But Dr. Thomas said thatRead More

Los Angeles Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. Quoted In “Kids Are Getting Cosmetic Ear Surgery Because Of Bullying” on Racked.com (03/05/2018)

Excerpt: “Yvonne Thomas, a Los Angeles psychologist who specializes in body image and relationships, says that kids who get bullied over their appearance feel lasting effects.  “The hard part is that it isn’t just a temporary phase for these people who are being bullied,” she says. “It can leave internal emotional scars for the rest of their lives, for a lot longer than the bullying is happening. It becomes part of their fixed body image.”  Thomas adds that the internal dialogue of these children can go beyond “look at your ears” to “you’re stupid, you’re ugly.” She says these kids can grow into adults who feel like they don’t deserve the good things in life or that they’ll never attract a partner. “It can mushroom and permeate their self-esteem on a more global basis,” she says… Thomas says that parents who opt for early intervention on protruding ears in childrenRead More

Dr. Yvonne Thomas, A Licensed Psychologist In Los Angeles, Interviewed For “What’s The Meaning Of Love? Mental Health Pros Weigh In” on Thriveworks.com (02/26/2018)

EXCERPT: “Protect, Cherish, Respect. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist who specializes in relationships, says the words “protect,” “cherish,” and “respect,” accurately define the meaning of love. She explains how below: Protect: When someone really loves another person, there is an almost reflexive instinct to want to protect him or her from any physical or emotional harm or distress. In essence, there is a natural desire to protect that loved one’s best interest and well-being. Cherish: Love for another conveys something beyond just caring about or liking that person. It means having deep, warm, substantive feelings about someone who is treasured. Respect: Having respect for a person is integral in having love for him or her. Respecting a person can be shown through actions including honesty and transparency, equality, compromise, loyalty, and fairness.” Some of Dr. Yvonne Thomas’s specialties include marriage counselling &  couples therapy in Los Angeles.  To read the article “What’s the meaning of love?Read More

Los Angeles Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. Quoted In “4 Reasons You’re Crying” on Shape.com (02/19/2018)

EXCERPT: “Muscle cramps, stomach rumblings, energy slumps—your body has dozens of ways to give you a heads-up that something’s not right. One of the stranger signs of a health issue? Frequent crying spells. These short bursts of spontaneous, out-of-nowhere (sometimes anxiety-provoked) teariness tend to strike when you’re just going about your life (and of course, have no sunglasses to cover up your blotchy eyes). Yet they likely leave you fairly bewildered by what they could mean (Do I have depression? What’s wrong with me?). “Crying spells can have a physical cause, but they also indicate that you’re built up a lot of subconscious emotions you aren’t processing,” explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist specializing in relationships and self-esteem. If you get weepy for no apparent reason, this list can help you decode the health issue behind it—plus how to turn off the waterworks. The days leading up to your period should beRead More

Dr. Yvonne Thomas, a Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, Interviewed For “10 Tips For Everlasting Energy” on shape.com (02/12/2018)

Excerpt: “Kick fatigue to the curb with these proven ways to snap out of a fog and feel invigorated all day. From the coworker who always has a sob story to the former roommate who constantly wants relationship advice, some people just suck the life out of you. “Trying to solve someone else’s problems doesn’t just take time, it also depletes mental energy,” explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., an LA-based psychologist. These types of “energy vampires” tend to be chronic complainers as well, she adds, which can quickly sour your mood.  While you don’t have to ditch these friends entirely, you should set boundaries, says Thomas. “When they launch into a tale of woe, explain that you only have 10 minutes, so they should give you the short version.” After they state their needs, clarify what you can and can’t do to help them out—and then hold your ground.”   YvonneRead More

Los Angeles Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. Quoted In “Turn A Bad Day Around” on parenting.com (02/05/2018)

Excerpt: Not feeling like Mary Poppins today? Whether you work or stay at home, you’re bound to have days alone with your baby that start off bad and quickly get worse….Have a pajama day Hanging out in your jammies isn’t just comfortable, it’s a great opportunity to connect with your inner child, says Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., an L.A.-based psychologist. Increase your water intake Dehydration can cause headache and exhaustion, leaving you feeling even more tired than you already are. Aim to drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day…Share bad-mama moments “Being able to talk about your not-so-stellar moments as a mom will help you realize you’re not alone, you’re not the worst mother in the world, and your child is not the most incorrigible,” says Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist. Venting to a supportive friend or online chat buddies will help you remember there are no perfect parents or babies.Read More

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