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.


  • Learning opportunities while on the job

    May 23, 2016
    Your first job after receiving your Master’s Degree is typically one of exhilaration, hard work and application of all of those graduate studies classes. I have the lens of looking upon this situation as an opportunity to continue to learn while applying beneficence, empathy and cultivating a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients.
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  • Do I really need a mentor?

    May 17, 2016
    So, you have already graduated, you have a professional position working towards licensure. Do you really need a mentor? I would say absolutely…. In regards to my own personal journey, I found that acquiring a mentor is something that I have found useful in obtaining sound counsel for those situations and experiences that prove arduous.
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  • What exactly are my resources as a new graduate?

    May 09, 2016
    First, I would begin with considering your former professors as viable resources. Who are those former professors have you aligned yourself with and developed relationships? All of my former professors that I keep in contact with have been both encouraging as well as exceptional resources to assist me in those areas of interest that I would like to pursue.
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  • Where are the Therapists jobs?

    May 02, 2016
    After working so very hard to receive my M.A. degree, I wondered, where are the therapist jobs and how can I get one?
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  • I have graduated, now what?

    Apr 27, 2016
    Graduation is finally over, you have your Master’s Degree and you are wondering what to do next. There are many things to consider. First, what job will I be able to get that can be used towards licensure for an LPC? Second, how do I keep track of my direct and non-direct contact hours? Third, what resources are available to me?
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