Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Thomas

Meet Dr. Nancy Thomas

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (Texas A and M University at Commerce)
  • M.A., Biblical Counseling (Dallas Theological Seminary)
  • B.A., Psychology (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas
  • EMDR Trained
Biography and Professional Achievements

Along with her responsibilities as an assistant professor at Colorado Christian University, Dr. Nancy Thomas is also a licensed professional counselor at the Counseling Center of North Texas in Wylie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. She originally joined CCU as an affiliate faculty member and feels blessed to now be a full-time online MACMHC faculty member. Her clinical experience consists of both private practice and community health centers.

Thomas is passionate about advocating for the mental health needs of minority groups, like her own, where there are a number of resistances to help-seeking. She believes creativity in the counseling room and the classroom not only helps break barriers to therapeutic growth and professional development, but also helps fulfill our ethical obligation to multicultural competence and advocacy. She also believes in the importance of amplifying otherwise-muted voices in the multicultural community and works towards ameliorating this through her research and engagement in the field. In her clinical practice, Thomas specializes in walking beside individuals suffering from the long-term effects of trauma through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also enjoys working with those working through anxiety, grief, women's issues, and marital issues.

Thomas is currently working with colleagues on a mixed-methods research project seeking to amplify BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices on perception of telehealth. Thomas and her team were the recipients of a research grant from AARC (Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling). Additionally, she is in the early stages of research related to trauma in the South Indian community following her dissertation research on Indian American perceptions of mental health help-seeking. Thomas has also been a part of forming the Wellness Advocacy Team, a group of South Asians in the Dallas area looking to be a resource to local churches and leaders. The group acts as a liaison for community members that might otherwise be hesitant to reach out for support. She has presented at national, state, and local conferences, and local churches on topics such as multicultural competence, advocacy, and creativity in counseling practice, pedagogy, and supervision. Thomas is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.

Publications
  • Brashear, C., & Thomas, N. (2020) "Core Competencies for Combatting Crisis: Fusing Ethics, Cultural Competence, and Cognitive Flexibility in Counseling." Counseling Psychology Quarterly.
  • Thomas, N., & Brashear, C. (2020). "Out of the Box: Leveraging Creativity in Cultural Competence and Advocacy." Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Newsletter.