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About Ariane

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Qualifications

Dr. Thomas is a PA licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in mental health in Philadelphia and surrounding communities for over a decade. As an undergraduate, she studied Spanish at Georgetown University. While completing a minor concentration in Psychology, Dr. Thomas discovered her passion for the field. After working for a few years in community mental health, she went back to school to earn an M.A. and Psy.D. from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University; and, she simultaneously earned a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in Delaware.

After several years of working in schools, community mental health centers, and residential treatment facilities, Dr. Thomas established a private practice in Philadelphia. Currently, she continues to maintain a small private practice in Haverford, PA while teaching full time at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Therapeutic Style

Dr. Thomas’ work with traditional therapy clients relies on an eclectic clinical style. When describing her approach, she states “I start with strong therapeutic rapport as the foundation for my work with clients. I pull interventions from select theories, and ultimately I tailor strategies to suit individual needs. I work to create a treatment environment that values the client’s input as much as mine; so, determining certain aspects of the therapy relationship is done collaboratively with clients, giving them ownership over the process.”

Dr. Thomas works with both individuals and couples, from older children to adults, and typically understands her clients from a psychodynamic perspective. Her treatment approach includes, but is not limited to psychodynamic, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral interventions; but she states, “I have also been known to use humor and sarcasm periodically to gently move my clients toward achieving their personal goals.”