The Taconic Counseling Group

Patricia G. Thomas, Ph.D.

Biography

Patricia G. Thomas, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, received her doctorate from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University. Dr. Thomas began her clinical training at the Orthogenic School of the University of Chicago, a residential treatment setting for children and adolescents that had been directed by Dr. Bruno Bettelheim. From this experience, she is particularly interested in the application of the principles of milieu therapy to the context of school, family, and private practice. She has expertise in diagnostic psychological testing and is interested in the weave of neurology and dynamics as they impact on children's learning and personality styles. As a participant in an Eastern European project co-sponsored by the the Soros Foundation and the Children's Mental Health Alliance, she consults with professionals in the newly emerging nations of post-communist Eastern Europe on problems of child trauma and abuse. In addition, Dr. Thomas has expertise in the assessment of learning disabilities. She has held the position of Assistant Unit Coordinator and Senior Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division of the Queens Hospital Center Affiliation - Long Island Jewish Hospital. In addition, she has affiliations with both Roosevelt Hospital and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University as an adjunct clinical supervisor. Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the Children's mental Health Alliance, the Society for the Personality Assessmen, and the International Rorschach Society.

Dr. Thomas practices in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and Washington, Connecticut.

Current Interests

Dr. Thomas is particularly interested in the ways in which the brain mediates different styles of learning and ways of experiencing the world, the field of neuropsychology. She has developed workshops for parents and teachers that translate different learning styles into practical classroom interventions. In her work with children, she is also interested in applying principles of the therapeutic milieu to the settings of home and school. Also, as part of a project sponsored by the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation, she has been working with colleagues in Eastern Europe to help their countries to develop programs to identify and treat child abuse and trauma.

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