I hold a Doctorate and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. I am a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have provided individual, couples, and family therapy for more than twenty years. I am trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist but my approach is eclectic, person-centered and trauma-informed. I work with the individual where they are and together we explore and develop plans to overcome the challenges they are facing.
I have worked with clients in various settings and helped them address depression, anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I can also help you navigate intimate relationship difficulties, family issues, life transitions, grief and loss.
Starting therapy can be stressful in itself but I can help ease that stress as I provide a safe, judgement free environment and provide compassion and understanding that allows you to speak freely about your thoughts and feelings. I believe a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship is the most important part of creating lasting change. We will work together to address your concerns, overcome barriers, and identify your strengths to help you achieve your goals. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
NJ Psychologist 35SI00552800
PA LCSW CW014630
Dr. Carissa Ferguson-Thomas is very respectful and empathetic. I enjoy the exercises she provides to help manage emotions and she's is very knowledgeable in many fields of psychology.
Written on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with carissa for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes
Dr Ferguson Thomas has been ber helpful
Written on Apr 27, 2021 after therapy with carissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief
Dr. Ferguson-Thomas is great. Easy to talk to, I look forward to our sessions.
Written on Mar 29, 2021 after therapy with carissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues
Dr. Ferguson-Thomas is a very good listener, with excellent communication of her advice. She is an active interpreter for us when it comes to understanding what our struggles are and gives immediately effective methods to address different challenges. Overall she provides a very helpful, calming, and light-hearted setting over our virtual calls for us to express ourselves. I would recommend anyone with struggles in their relationship or with themselves to seek her expertise and guidance.
Written on Feb 21, 2021 after therapy with carissa for 3 weeks
I feel that Dr. Frguson-Thomas truly cares about me and my situation. She is dedicated to listening to me and helping me grow. To this point, she does not rush me off a call if she does not have another client waiting, which is something I acknowledge and appreciate greatly. She is very flexible to my schedule which is something else that I appreciate.
Dr. Ferguson-Thomas listens to me, supports me and will always ask important questions even if I may not like to hear them. I am very happy with Dr. Ferguson-Thomas. I often look forward to our sessions and am disappointed when they end.
Written on Nov 22, 2020 after therapy with carissa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues
Dr. Ferguson-Thomas is always so kind and understanding and has helped me immensely in working through some things. I always appreciated how she was quick to respond and have our sessions through text since talking in person can make me more anxious and less likely to share. Dr. Carissa is an excellent therapist and anyone would be lucky to work with her.
Written on Oct 12, 2020 after therapy with carissa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes