Licensed Psychological Associate
Whatever difficult situation you are facing, you do not have to do it alone. Norma Thomas believes that seeking therapy takes courage and she honors this. To help you meet your emotional challenges, she offers you a safe space and empathic, caring support in your journey toward reconnecting with your own strengths and resources to overcome your obstacles. She holds strong convictions that, although we cannot change the past, we are inherently capable of creating the positive changes we seek in our lives. Moreover, learning never ends and transformation is a process. Your wellness is intricately linked to active participation in daily activities. Norma’s aim is to help you find purpose and joy in your life, despite your circumstances.
Norma works with clients, both English and Spanish speaking, who present with a variety of issues. Some of the more common are anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, parenting issues, social skill enhancement, and general stress. More complex issues include trauma, sexual abuse, refugee and immigration, domestic abuse, and loss and grief. She takes a holistic approach when conceptualizing and treating each person’s psychological needs. In addition, Norma provides psychological and vocational evaluations for clients as tools for change. In her experience, collaborative assessments and diagnoses provided with care can help clients to gain new insight about personal issues, to learn about resources available, and to redefine their lives and life’s meaning.
Norma obtained her A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistance from Jefferson Community & Technical College, her B.S. in Business Leadership from Mercy College, her M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College, and her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. She is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association, the Kentucky Counseling Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the National Career Development Association. Norma also supports the endeavors of the Kentucky Autism Training Center [KATC] to help individuals with autism across the lifespan to live more fulfilling lives.
Norma Thomas is a Licensed Psychological Associate with Mandala House in Louisville, KY. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Additionally, she holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College. Norma is also an Army Veteran who, after honorable discharge from service, went on to serve in different capacities in the corporate and nonprofit realms to include finance, human resources management, business analysis. She grew unfulfilled by this work and transitioned into a therapist role, at first within the field of occupational therapy and then psychological science, with the goal of changing the world one person at a time. Collectively, these life experiences have enriched her perspectives on human behavior and include insights that help others with their own life challenges as well as respective journeys toward more meaningful lives. She joined Mandala House in 2016 because she shares the organization’s commitment to providing compassionate, accessible, and informed mental health services.
Norma Thomas welcomes people of all cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, and world views --- YOU matter.
* Norma Thomas is licensed with the KY State Board of Examiners of Psychology as a Licensed Psychological Associate under the Supervision of Dr. Barbara Beauchamp