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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 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

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

Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., Anxiety Therapist in Los Angeles, Interviewed For “Friends Fear for Selena Gomez’s Mental Health After Another Rehab Stint (EXCLUSIVE)” on lifeandstylemag.com (01/29/2018)

Excerpt: “Pals are right to worry, say experts. “With depression and anxiety, it’s going to take longer [than a few weeks of treatment],” explains LA-based psychologist Yvonne Thomas, who specializes in depression and self-esteem issues and hasn’t treated the singer. “The bare minimum is 30 days, because you want to ingrain the changes so you can keep them up when you leave. You don’t want to be caught in this revolving door where you go in and out of programs because you never stay long enough.” Her lack of a strong support system could also be a problem. Though Justin, 23, has been encouraging Selena — who had a kidney transplant last summer amid her battle with the autoimmune disease lupus — to slow down and focus on herself, the relationship is still potentially toxic. He’s broken her heart so many times in the past, “Selena is still trying toRead More

Los Angeles Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. Contributed To “5 Ways To Tell If Your Job Is Making You Sick – Literally” on fairygodboss.com (01/22/2018)

EXCERPT: “Being in a bad job can adversely affect a person’s cognitive abilities, in that he or she can have decreased concentration, be more distracted, can make more mistakes or errors, miss things, etc.,” explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist. A study that conducted reading, pattern and memory tests in more than 6,000 workers aged over 40 years old found that the number of hours worked each week affects a person’s cognitive ability. It’s therefore no surprise that if you were to add stress to those hours, it’d affect a person’s brain function even more. People who work odd hours or overtime in demanding jobs are also affected more than others. 4. You start having anxiety or depression. “Examples of some emotional consequences of being in a toxic kind of job include low self-esteem, decreased self-confidence, diminished motivation, anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness, chronic anger and not feeling valued and/or a part of the team,”Read More

Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Relationship Psychologist in Brentwood, Quoted In “How To Know If You’re Compatible With Your Future Mother-In-Law” on marthastewartweddings.com (01/15/2018)

Excerpt: In terms of relationships that will make-or-break your happiness level, you can pretty much guarantee on a few to prioritize. First and foremost, self-love and a healthy inner dialogue will help you tackle the many stages your life will present. Secondly (and if you're lucky enough), the partner you select to share your life with has a significant impact on your levels of daily joy and comfort. And while others are essential, too—your besties and your family—there's one that contributes to your happiness in married life. Your mother-in-law. Since she's the most significant female relationship your partner had before he met you, having at least an amicable union with his mom is recommended for a long, happy marriage.  Here, some ways to tell if you're compatible with your mother-in-law, along with some ways to improve your banter if you find yourself at a loss for words...Read More

Dr. Yvonne Thomas, Psychologist in Los Angeles Interviewed For “27 Reasons You Should Not Take Back A Cheating Spouse” on redbookmag.com (01/08/2018)

EXCERPT: Nearly one in five married people will cheat on their spouse, with men being more likely to step out than women, according to the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center. An affair can mean many things — boredom, a lack of trust, anger, sociopathy — but does it automatically mean the end of the marriage? Not necessarily. Many women (and men) have taken back a cheating spouse and gone on to have a loving, happy life together. These situations, however, should be automatic deal-breakers… “If your cheating spouse has spent all of the family savings on his mistress, there have been breaches in two major areas of one’s marriage: monogamy and financial security. It’s hard enough to recover from infidelity at all, let alone infidelity in two such significant areas in a relationship.” —Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a psychologist in Los Angeles and relationship specialist.” Read  what Yvonne Thomas,Read More

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