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Team Spotlight – Kaisha A. Thomas, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, SAP

Kaisha A. Thomas

Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, SAP — Program Director

 

Kaisha serves as Program Director on our main campus, working primarily with older adults. Her extensive clinical and teaching experience spans more than sixteen years, and her numerous professional certifications and licensures reflect her expertise in the field of addiction. After obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from The Julliard School in 1987 and her Master of Science in dance/movement therapy from the Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1991, she earned a post-master’s certificate in mental health and aging. Five years later she obtained both a Master of Science in mental health counseling. This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in marriage and family therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2010.

What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins?  

My core belief in being of service is what brought me to the field of mental health and substance use disorder treatment over 22 years ago. I am reminded of the quote by John F. Kennedy: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Trying to help individuals, couples and families live full and meaningful lives drives my passion and commitment to the work. Origins has a great reputation. The high caliber of clinical practice and commitment to evidence-based practices, coupled with the passion and commitment of the staff, ensures that clients are getting the best treatment available. I am excited to be a part of such a great team.

If there was only one thing you could tell us about working within your specialty area, what would it be?

Working in my field keeps me humble by giving me a different perspective. It is an honor and a privilege that clients allow me into their lives and share their deepest, darkest secrets and struggles in an effort to have positive change. Their stories of resilience inspire gratitude for my own life. There is nothing as rewarding as knowing clients have made the changes they wanted.

What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?

Everyone has the ability to change.

Do you hold any credentials or certifications? Do you participate in any professional activities outside of work? If so, please tell us a little bit about them. 

I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). I’m also a state-approved Qualified Supervisor for LMHC/LMFTs, an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Approved Supervisor, and an Infant Mental Health Specialist. I’m trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and specialize in critical incident stress management, medical family therapy and hypnosis. I also have a small private practice: Kat Psychotherapy.

I worked for seven years in a program that allowed women in treatment to stay with their newborn and infant babies. I also spent several years working with first responders, child survivors of sexual abuse, adults molested as children, and survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and other traumas. Additionally, I served on local boards/committees including the Human Trafficking Task Force of Palm Beach County and the State and Palm Beach County Child Abuse Death Review Committees.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you spend time with family? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies? Feel free to tell us more about your life outside of work.

I love spending time with my husband of 24 years and our children. We will become empty nesters this year. I was a professional dancer, so I enjoy dancing and supporting the performing arts by attending performances and the theatre. I love doing artwork, specifically batik printing.

 

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Shea Barakatt

LCSW, LCDC, CAC – CLINICAL DIRECTOR ORIGINS COUNSELING DALLAS

Shea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) who has worked in residential treatment for over 14 years. She earned both her bachelor’s in sociology and her master’s in clinical social work from the University of Oklahoma and joined the Origins family as Clinical Director of Origins Counseling Dallas in March 2020. Shea says that she loves helping counselors and interns learn to think outside the box creatively, expanding their knowledge to help patients and their families live the lives they deserve. She says it’s rewarding to watch patients improve and flourish as they obtain the necessary tools to create a life of sobriety with balanced and improved health. Her hobbies include spending time with her very active and sports-centered family and traveling.

What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Origins?  
I got sober in 2006 and decided it would be in my best interest to remove myself from working in the medical industry. Once I realized I knew this path not only professionally, but personally, it enabled me to expand my skills and knowledge. I also learned that I enjoyed working with new counselors in this field. I love seeing people excel and learn, to better their careers, not only professionally but personally. Having worked in Residential treatment since 2006, I decided it was time to move on. I know many individuals who currently work for Origins and have worked for Origins. I have always respected the professionalism that I witnessed, as well as the great treatment that Origins provides for their clients. When this position opened up, I simply applied and feel honored to be a part of this team.

If there was only one thing you could tell us about working within your specialty area, what would it be
A Clinical Director must be solution-oriented and be able to adapt quickly. Being able to think outside the box and not giving up is a must. Leadership skills are best exhibited by being accountable and responsible for one’s actions, lead by attraction. I am very straight forward, and I do not believe in softening the truth. However, having fun while working is important, and self-care is a must as there are times that everything is on fire, and you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?
The treatment industry is a very different type of business. We are dealing with individual lives and families. Many clinicians burn out fast if you don’t love what you do and take care of yourself. It can be very challenging but also very rewarding.

Do you hold any credentials or certifications? Do you participate in any professional activities outside of work? If so, please tell us a little bit about them.  
I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a masters in Clinical Social Work in May 2000. I hold 2 license LCSW, LCDC. I have worked in dual diagnosis Residential treatment since 2006. Most of this time has been as a Clinical Director, but I have also counseled hundreds of clients and their families. I favor working with families to educate them about mental health and substance use disorders. There is a solution that can be reached to not only help the identified patient but the family as a whole system. I am a trained EMDR Therapist and have created multiple family programs for agencies. During my time in graduate school, I worked in the medical field with Geriatric Mental Health. Both my degrees are from the University of Oklahoma. I played tennis for the University of Oklahoma late 80’s and early 90s.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you spend time with family? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies? Feel free to tell us more about your life outside of work.
I love sports. I have a son who is graduating High School this year. He was a Wrestler at Rockwall High, and my past seven years have consisted of traveling to tournaments, practices, and workouts. This was my favorite thing to do was to watch him compete. I was a tennis player and plan to start playing again once my son goes to college. As a family, we ski, love college (Oklahoma) football, and stay active. My Husband was a baseball player and a Hockey player, so I attend those sports as well. I will forever be an Oklahoma fan! I love spending time and traveling with my family. I love my family… I consider myself highly blessed. My parents both live in Oklahoma, along with my younger brother. My younger sister is a Dr. who lives in Lubbock, Texas.

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