Dr. Maggie Thomas is a postdoctoral registered psychological assistant. Dr. Thomas earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She completed her doctoral training and accredited internship at the Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Dr. Thomas has experience in a variety of clinical settings that include inpatient hospital treatment for adults, partial hospitalization programs, schools, and neuropsychological and personality assessment centers. In the course of her doctoral training, Dr. Thomas chose to specialize in work with adults, and in particular, in the field of couples therapy.
Dr. Thomas has substantial experience working with adults seeking individual outpatient psychotherapy. She has special training in diversity issues, EMDR and treating adult trauma, as well as military and veterans behavioral health. Finally, Dr. Thomas has years of experience working with high-level leaders as an executive coach. In her coaching work, Dr. Thomas provides comprehensive leadership and personality assessment, as well as goal setting and individualized coaching sessions to help professionals acquire skills, overcome barriers, and achieve higher levels of performance. Dr. Thomas’s doctoral research focused on supporting executive couples—or those in which one or both partners find that the external demands of one spouse’s career have begun to impede upon the happiness of the couple and the family.
Dr. Thomas has extensive training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, two gold-standard and research-supported approaches to working with couples experiencing relationship distress. She is most highly passionate about working with couples who are struggling to connect, to achieve deeper levels of intimacy, or simply “feel like roommates” instead of life partners. Dr. Thomas has extensive experience working with couples at every stage of a romantic relationship, from early dating to couples who have been married for decades, and those who have children and/or other life challenges.Dr. Thomas is therefore well-equipped to assist partners who are uncertain about the future of their relationship, including those who may be considering divorce, as well as couples who are coming in simply to resolve a particular issue that has come up. Issue-specific treatment includes those couples who have recently experienced a significant loss or are struggling with unresolved grief. Dr. Thomas offers communication skills training, conflict management techniques, and a comprehensive assessment of areas within the relationship that the clients may chose to target or strengthen. Of note, Dr. Thomas approaches her work with couples from a strengths-based perspective. In other words, her assessment process includes identifying areas in which couples are already doing well, strengths that each partner is bringing to the table, and suggestions about how these strengths may be further capitalized on within the relationship.
More broadly, Dr. Thomas is well trained in attachment theory, which emphasizes the key importance of warmth and empathy within the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Thomas strives to offer this depth of understanding to each and every client, regardless of the presenting concerns. She believes in providing clients with a safe and secure base from which to explore their worlds and realize their full potential.