Dr. Carissa Ferguson-Thomas

(Psy.D, LCSW)

About Me

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 then 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.

Staring 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!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #35S100552800 (Expires: 2021-06-01)

LCSW #CW014630 (Expires: 2021-02-01)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on May 29, 2020 after counseling with Carissa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I feel very comfortable with her. She is very friendly and approachable. She makes different connections to subjects I speak about that help me put things into perspective.

Written by C.H. on May 29, 2020 after counseling with Carissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Dr Ferguson is easy to talk to, approachable, friendly and always professional. It’s good to know that I can open up and be myself without any judgement. She is caring and always flexible when it comes to scheduling my sessions.

Written by C.A. on May 13, 2020 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

It’s only been a few visits, so I’ll update this again in a while but she really is wonderful. It’s been so easy for me to open up to her, where I’ve had struggles open up to others in the past. She makes me feel understood and heard, with no judgement at all. So far, she’s given me some great advise and hard but helpful exercises to work on. I’m actually excited about therapy for once! She’s also very flexible with her schedule and you can tell she really cares a lot with her willingness to make openings for you.

Written by D.A. on Feb 01, 2020 after counseling with Carissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and anger management

Dr. Ferguson-Thomas is a fantastic listener and gives thoughtful advice when needed. She was very helpful in navigating through the chaotic mental state I was in. She went over and beyond in meeting my needs and comforted me. I am currently healthy and back on track with my life, and I wouldn't be here without Dr. Ferguson's guidance.

Written by M.A. on Jan 03, 2020 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life cha

I had a difficult time prior to my experience with Dr. Ferguson Thomas. But she has been so kind respectful and open to me and my problems. She listens to what I have to say and writing it out really has helped me a lot

Written by P.A. on Dec 17, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

I've been working with Carissa for a few months now and it's my first time ever in therapy of any kind. She's been attentive and understanding of my issues. She listens and gives feedback, she's also great at challenging me to look outside of what I feel like I know. She's amazing!

Written by A.L. on Nov 15, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Dr. Ferguson-Thomas helped me through a really hard time in my life and gave me really good feedback. I'm very grateful to her.

Written by N.I. on Sep 23, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coaching

Even after just one session with Dr. Ferguson-Thomas, I felt a sense of relief and less stress. It's great knowing I have someone that can support me as I navigate a transition in my life.

Written by D.A. on Sep 19, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am glad that the first therapist I got was Dr. Ferguson. She some how keeps the fact about me straight and it makes me feel listened too.

Written by C.L. on Sep 16, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

I came in feeling down and need to talk to someone about my pains and struggles, but Dr. Ferguson-Thomas has made my first experience an amazing one so far.

Written by K.E. on Jun 17, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 5 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

She was relatable and really easy to talk to.

Written by A.L. on Apr 28, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

I think that Dr. Ferguson-Thomas is a great counselor. I was nervous to try this app and I definitely feel confident in her. She is easy to talk to and offers great suggestions and tips.

Written by M.A. on Apr 26, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I've only been working with Dr. Ferguson for a short period of time but she has already given me helpful coping strategies to help me deal with my stress. I feel very positive about my experience with Dr. Ferguson and would recommend a family or friend to work with her.

Written by M.A. on Mar 11, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

Dr. Ferguson-Thomas helped me to get through the depths of my grief with sensitivity and helpful advice.

Written by V.A. on Mar 06, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Ferguson is a caring and honest counselor. She is easy to talk to and has a relaxing demeanor.

Written by E.M. on Feb 26, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Ferguson-Thomas is an experienced professional who listens exceptionally well and provides great advice from a logical, well-balanced point of view. I feel very lucky to have her as my therapist.

Written by T.Y. on Feb 25, 2019 after counseling with Carissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Ferguson-Thomas has been very supportive, encouraging, and non-judgmental. She has been helpful in understanding my goals, responding in a caring way, sending pertinent resources, and making plans to reach my goals.