Kamilah Thomas of KBT Counseling and Consulting, PLLC.
Kamilah Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of clinical and management experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Houston. Throughout her career, she has gained valuable experience in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, parent education, child abuse and neglect, case management, and psychiatric facilities.
She is currently a therapist and sole owner of KBT Counseling and Consulting, PLLC. Her specialty is helping the busy professional “super woman” heal from challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, shame, perfectionism, and/or stress that are keeping her from living her best life.
In addition to working with clients, Kamilah is a mental health trainer, having provided numerous presentations to the public and clinicians at schools, nonprofit organizations, universities/colleges, and churches. Her mission is to spread awareness and destigmatize mental health, especially in communities of color.
In her spare time, Kamilah enjoys traveling, cooking, and physical activity.
What made you want to become a therapist?
“I wanted to become a therapist to help others heal from past and current challenges that are keeping them from being able to live their best life. Through individual therapy I can help them get to the root causes of their challenges, offer perspective, provide hope, and suggest strategies to bring a sense of peace, happiness, and clarity in their lives.”
What’s your favorite part of your job?
“I love seeing clients start to connect the dots on how past hurts are connected to their current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and when they begin to see improvements in their life. It’s also great when clients who are new to therapy become mental health advocates and talk about their positive experiences with others.”
How do you believe people change?
“Change is difficult for most people and requires being committed to consistently and intentionally doing something different than their current level of functioning. I encourage others to trust their process, applaud the small steps towards change, and tell them that just because things aren’t happening as fast or drastically as anticipated, it doesn’t mean that change isn’t occurring. Ultimately, I think people change when they are ready, motivated, supported, and believe that change is possible.”
Why do you think so many people are hesitant to see a therapist?
“I think it’s initially difficult for people to be aware that there is a problem that is significantly affecting some part of their life. Then, it takes acknowledging that those challenges are too difficult to handle on their own, and willingness to be emotionally vulnerable to discuss those challenges with a licensed professional. Stigma, shame, judgement, vulnerability, and misinformation about the process of therapy and the role of mental health professionals are also barriers to seeking and receiving therapy.”
What’s your therapeutic approach?
“The primary modality I use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps people understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Through this method, clients become more aware of their unhealthy thinking patterns, how to have better control over their emotions, and learn more effective and healthier coping skills.”
What’s the biggest myth you’ve heard regarding therapy and what’s your response to it?
One misconception is that someone has to be “crazy”, experienced trauma, or been abused/neglected to need therapy. While this may be true for some, therapy provides the following benefits:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communication and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What insurance(s) do you accept and do you have a sliding scale?
“I accept BCBS, Cigna, and Aetna. A sliding scale is not offered at this time.”
What’s one fun fact about you that has nothing to do with mental health?
“I love traveling, which is my biggest self-care strategy.”
Where can my readers contact you?
“Readers can learn about me and the services I provide on my website: www.kbtcounseling.com.
I can also be reached by telephone at (346) 800-7543, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My social media platform on Facebook is @kbtcounseling or Instagram at kbt_counseling”