Meet Dr. Charmaine ThomasPh.D., R. Psych.
Charmaine Thomas is a trauma-focused Clinical Psychologist. She is committed to using the most scientifically proven treatments to help her clients overcome challenges and increase their quality of life. Charmaine’s training and experience includes work with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Forces members, adolescents in the criminal justice system, and children, adults, and seniors in the community who face a range of mental health and adjustment concerns. Some of these have included depression, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment problems, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, and infertility struggles.
Charmaine provides treatment within a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) framework and draws from a variety of methods. This allows her to tailor treatment plans to each client’s specific and individual needs. Some of these methods include prolonged exposure for PTSD, cognitive processing therapy, schema therapy, and mindfulness therapy. No matter what the treatment modality, Charmaine’s goal is to help clients capitalize on their existing strengths and to build new skills and insight to address their challenges. By doing so, her clients develop a sense of control over their symptoms and problems, rather than feeling controlled by them.
Charmaine was awarded a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in June 2016, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Université de Toulouse, in France. She regularly teaches undergraduate university courses in psychopathology, and has conducted and published PTSD research in a number academic journals. Charmaine holds membership with the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Psychologists Association of Alberta.