About Dr. Peter C. Thomas .Phd

I have been a Licensed Psychologist for over twenty-five years utilizing my clinical training as a School Psychologist to treat children, adolescents, and their families. This includes therapy for individuals, couples, and families as well as conducting psychological and psycho-educational evaluations.

While I work with clients who have a wide variety of concerns, I specialize in working with children and adults who have Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Disabilities. This experience has allowed me to develop an affordable, effective coaching program for adolescents and adults who suffer from these disorders, and Mindfulness groups for children ranging from 7 to 12 years old. I also have extensive experience conducting custody evaluations and career assessment consultations.

I am a former President of the Georgia Psychological Association and have been a member of its Board of Directors for eight years. I have also served on the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch as well as on the advisory boards of the Learning Disabled Adults of Georgia and the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators. At the national level, I have been a member of the American Psychological Association's Committee of State Leaders.

My other professional pursuits have focused on active community participation. I have served as an Advisory Board member of various private schools in the city of Atlanta and as a consultant to nearly a dozen schools and/or county school systems. I also frequently give presentations to school groups, businesses, parents, and my peers on a variety of topics ranging from stress reduction and parenting to ethical issues.

Prior to entering private practice in 1982, I held various roles in the DeKalb County school system. I was a psychologist with DeKalb's Special Educational Program and the staff psychologist in Dekalb's Psychoeducational Center, a day treatment program for children with severe emotional disorders. In addition to my practice, I have been a faculty member for the Georgia Department of Education's Summer Institute for School Social Workers and School Psychologists, and an Adjunct Faculty member with Georgia State University's Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. I have also been the Consultant for the Georgia Department of Education's Statewide Testing Program.

I have been married for over 40 years, am the father of three grown children, eight grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

If you are an adult who or suffers from anxiety, depression, or ADHD, or if you have a child with these kind of challenges mindfulness training can have great benefits for you and your family. It can minimize common stressful adult-adult or child-parent interactions, allowing all to put their "best foot forward." Learning to pay attention to experiences with openness and without reacting judgmentally reduces stress, and improves decision-making. You begin to respond more thoughtfully to behavior, rather than react to it. By reducing old, ineffective "autopilot" habits you become more adept at pausing and observing your feelings and thoughts. This can lead to calmer, more effective interactions, and communications with others.