Joanne Thomas JoanneThomas

Joanne Thomas is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She has documented her journey from a Resident in Counseling to a newly licensed professional. She currently works as an outpatient therapist and clinical assessor. She has a passion for working with disadvantaged youth utilizing play therapy interventions. She is completing coursework to obtain her credential as a Registered Play Therapist and concurrently working on EMDR therapy certification with EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Her goal is to help eradicate the negative impact of trauma on young people’s lives.


  • Before you Pay for Clinical Supervision….

    Jan 10, 2018
    During my experience of seeking paid clinical supervision, I have learned a number of lessons that I want to extend to other new professionals and recent graduates. First, utilize resources from former professors or professionals that you might have come across during internship.
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  • Do I need to change my current job?

    Jan 10, 2017
    As I ponder the completion of my first year as a Resident In Counseling, I reflect on my experience, goals and past successes within the field. Although the previous company that helped me to complete and submit my paperwork to the Virginia Board of Counseling was a good starting point, I was looking for more variety in clinical experiences within my caseload; which was somewhat limited.
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    Sep 21, 2016
    After just recently reviewing the June 2016 issue of Counseling Today; the article, “Stepping Across the Poverty Line” really resonated with me. I too, work with a disadvantaged population. The article pays special attention to the fact that we as counselors needs to observe and address client’s issues to determine if the client is getting his or her basic needs met as part of the therapeutic process.
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  • When Clients Remain Stagnate

    Sep 08, 2016
    Intensive In-Home Counseling encompasses the clinician working with the client and their family performing individual therapy for several hours a week and family therapy at least once a week.
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  • Learning through Experience

    Aug 23, 2016
    Well, it has only been about 8 months of clinical residency towards receiving my LPC in the state of Virginia. Once I have accrued all 3400 hours (including 2000 direct contact hours) and provide all of the quarterly evaluations, the Virginia Board of Counseling will review my paperwork and submit approval to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
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