Andre Thomas, LMSW
“Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how they succeed at being who they are.” (Feige, Russo, & Russo, 2019) My passion for therapy is encompassed in that quote. Life changes and shapes us and it is our due diligence to be who we are and grow from these lived experiences. I want to hold a place of empathy and compassion for individuals and families when these changes come to fruition. Especially for people of marginalized communities who may lack social supports. I chose this profession to help people overcome the many barriers and obstacles life may throw at them.
Through my training at the Columbia University School of Social Work and years of experience working in behavioral health settings, I have learned to work with people on ways to overcome challenges and strengthen their ability to manage stress. I have developed skills in which I am able to work with individuals and families on ways to deepen relationships with co-workers, friends, family members, and lovers. When working with people, I work with them on enriching their understanding of who they are instead of who they were supposed to be. Often times, we will analyze the person you want to be, the person you feel you are, the person who you are, and the person you feel like you are expected to be. Then with a non-judgemental approach, we will further develop the you that you want to be. I mostly work within these modalities: psychodynamic, client-centered, attachment theory, and TF-CBT. My specialties include: mens’ issues, LGBTQ+ competency, family work, and past trauma recovery. My skills are only there to support you. The most important skill to have is your willingness to engage and ability to practice shame resilience. I, in return, will be present for you and will help develop some of the skills needed to overcome triggers and stressors because we all have them.
One fact about me is I love the theatre and movies. There is something about the telling of a story that is empowering and enriching. When there is moving music involved in this story telling process it only makes the story that much better. I know many people feel that musical theatre is unrealistic because people do not typically break out into song, but if you have never broke out into a song just because you did not know what else to say, I suggest you try it. It is cathartic! I guess that was a long way to say I love to sing.
- New York, LMSW
- Master of Science in Social Work, Columbia University School for Social Work
- Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Rider University
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- LGBTQ+ Competency
- Attachment Theory