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Christopher M. Thomson

Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW, received his doctorate in Clinical Social Work from USC. Dr. Thomson has also received his second doctoral degree in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Clinical Certified Forensic Counselor in Social Work with a special emphasis on Alternative Sentencing, Child Protective Services, Individualized Education Plans, and Probation. Dr. Thomson also has an MSW from USC in the Mental Health Concentration with a sub-concentration and certificate working with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. He is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). In addition, he graduated with honors from USC and received two combined majors in Psychology/Linguistics and Social Science/Communications in his undergraduate degree program. Dr. Thomson has been providing mental health services for over twenty years. He specializes in working with dually diagnosed individuals and their families with severe and persistent mental illnesses, such as Polysubstance Dependence, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features, Bipolar Disorder, and Acute Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Thomson has always had a special interest in working with families and couples, especially where one or both suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Thomson is on staff at several local inpatient mental health facilities, and helps facilitate hospital admissions for individuals, families, and children in a sensitive and professional manner.

Over the years, Dr. Thomson has developed and implemented his own psychosocial rehabilitation therapy by integrating multiple treatment components and modalities from many disciplines into what he calls, “Clinically Individualized Person in Environment Therapy sm.” This includes, but is not limited to, a person-in-environment functional assessment, along with social integration, role restoration, social functioning, and establishing a meaningful relationship within a family system. This approach incorporates utilizing a biopsychosocial/cultural/spiritual perspective along with contemporary psychoanalytic theories and techniques, social and functional skills training, crisis management, couples/family therapy and psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy, resource procurement, collateral/ brokerage-linkage, and aftercare planning. This approach also provides research and assessment to identify barriers to service utilization, and the development of action plans to improve system of care, cross-cultural issues, and community and organizational interventions, including planning, assessment, implementation, and advocacy. Clinically Individualized Person-In-Environment Therapy sm can be used as the primary source of treatment or as an adjunct treatment with a multidisciplinary team. Dr. Thomson has presented research related to his Clinically Individualized Person-In-Environment Therapy sm to municipalities, organizations, institutions, and state government.

Dr. Thomson has authored several articles, books, films, and publications related to his treatment model. He has participated in NIMH grants focused on severe and persistent mental illness. He co-authored “Cognitive and psychophysiological correlates of positive, negative, and disorganized symptoms in schizophrenia spectrum” with Dr. John Brekke and Dr. Adriane Raine published in Psychiatry Research. Dr. Thomson produced, directed, and wrote a consumer training video designed to empower, motivate, and educate consumers with the necessary skills to successfully lobby for rights and issues at the State Legislature of California. This resulted in an article entitled, “Consumers to the Capitol”. Dr. Thomson also presented “Assertive Community Treatment Teams: A team process of collaboration with the family and the community utilizing an assertive community treatment model” to the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk California. In addition, he presented Santa Maria Support “wrap-around” services to the Santa Maria City Council. Dr. Thomson also wrote and presented, “Outcome Monitors for Member’s Retention of Personal Goals” in the 23rd Annual International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitations Services Conference in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Thomson specializes in community and organizational planning, development, implementation, and assessment. He has produced and directed an advocacy film entitled, “Welfare Reform Project: A two-hour community focus group training to develop better welfare reform for low-income families” and “University of Southern California Inter-professional Initiative Experiences, Challenges, and Rewards.” The Inter-professional Initiative training film focused on educating how inter-professional teams with various human service organizations can work better together. Dr. Thomson also produced, directed, and wrote a film entitled, “Welcome to the Regional Center Family” geared toward training new employees for East Los Angeles Regional Center.

Dr. Thomson has held numerous management positions within community mental health/social service organizations, successfully developing programs, and collaborating with other organizations. Dr. Thomson is on the Board of Directors and Co-Founder / Executive Vice President of Sync Therapy, Inc., a non-profit organization providing counseling services. Dr. Thomson is the founder and CEO of the following companies: Thomson Kuramatsu Group, Inc. which provides private social services to individuals, families, communities, and organizations; Partnerships Connecting Communities, Inc., which provides development, management and oversight of human service organizations; and Horse Whisperer, LLC, which specializes in buying, selling, rental, and management of multifamily income properties. Dr. Thomson’s organizational training, research, and experience—along with his Contemporary Psychoanalytic Training—has made him successful in working with Senior Corporate Executives and Business Leaders, Business Owners, as well as other professionals in treatment.

Dr. Thomson also specializes in health and quality of life across the life span for individuals as well as families adjusting to developmental changes and transitions in a patient's life cycle. Many patients that come to see Dr. Thomson are diagnosed with more than two illnesses, such as a severe and persistent mental illness, substance dependence, and obesity. Dr. Thomson works with extremely complex cases, usually as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Dr. Thomson specializes in developing a system of care for the individual that may include Dr. Thomson as the case manger who oversees and coordinates the patient's care which might include working with a primary care physician, a psychiatrist, a bariatric physician, a podiatrist, personal trainer, caregivers, dietician, nutritionist, etc. An initial assessment will be provided in order to tailor the patient's treatment team to address their individual needs, including the needs of their family system. Dr. Thomson enjoys working with individuals struggling with over-eating, obesity, and other health related issues. He has also worked with several professional athletes to overcome barriers that impede their performance.

Dr. Thomson is a Cultural Diversity Researcher, Trainer, and Cross-Cultural Clinician. He has presented on Cross Cultural Training for the National Fiesta Educativa Parent Leadership conference. He has also co-authored “A cross-cultural training model for field education” with Dr. R. Salcido, J. Garcia, and V. Cota. He also co-authored a book with Bubis, B. and Salcido. R. called, “Cultural connection: Cross-cultural competency training participant’s guide.” Dr. Thomson also produced a film consisting of three thirty-minute training modules designed to teach cross-cultural counseling skills, emphasizing universal skills applicable to most ethnic and racial client groups. This film was used along with the training book to train psychologists, social workers, and other professionals in the helping field to work with pervasive developmental disabilities from a cross-cultural perspective. Dr. Thomson has an extensive history of working with Indian Gaming Tribes and Native Americans as well as Hispanic, African American, and Asian populations. He is also very experienced working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered patients.

Dr. Thomson is currently working on co-authoring a publication, “Typologies of Male and Female Adolescent Perpetrators of Dating Violence: Three subtypes for Males and Four Subtypes for Females, and Differences Among Them” with Dr. M. O’Keefe. He is highly adept and knowledgeable in working with either victims and/or perpetrators of violence as well as families or children who are court ordered into treatment due to a Child Protective Services report. Dr. Thomson has written “Sojha, A fictional Story of Freedom” which focuses on how fantasy and reality are often blended with the analytic space between analyst and analysand. He presented the article at the Seventh Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education, and it is currently being reviewed for publication. Dr. Thomson also enjoys working with creative individuals, such as artists, writers, actors, directors, producers, and musicians.

Toshi Kuramatsu, LCSW 

Ms. Kuramatsu has 15+ years of working as a psychotherapist and mental health professional. She has extensive experience working in both community mental health and inpatient settings. Her array of experience includes social worker in community social service organization, clinician, clinical supervisor and manager in community mental health, team lead and manager in an assertive community mental health treatment program, clinician and administrator of an acute LPS designated psychiatric hospital and administrator of a CARF accredited mental health urgent care center. She specializes in working with adults through psychotherapy process, and adults with severe mental illness through recovery model approach. She focuses on consumers’ quality of life and often utilizes consumer-centered psychosocial rehabilitation / in vivo practice in her clinical work. In that, consumers' environment is considered an intricate part of treatment, and family members and significant others are highly encouraged to be involved in the treatment process. And consumers are allowed to practice learned skills in real life situations. She has successfully managed multi-million dollar programs as a manager for many years in both inpatient and outpatient settings, managed 50+ employees at times, functioned as clinical supervisor for 10+ years. Ms. Kuramatsu is bilingual in English and Japanese and has many years of working with Asian Pacific Islander population as well as other population.

Loesha Zeviar

Ms. Zeviar is a certified addiction treatment counselor, former director of chemical dependency program, and former director of substance abuse residential program. She has over 5 years of direct service experience with clients with co-occurring disorders (substance abuse/dependence issues and major mental disorders). She also shares personal successful recovery experience of more than 15 years. She takes pride in providing excellent care for her clients by being supportive, proactive, caring and honest.

Ms. Zeviar has helped a countless number of clients in attaining successful recovery from substance abuse over the years. She explores issues relating to successful recovery from substance abuse, helps with transition from inpatient to outpatient by utilizing psychosocial rehabilitation/recovery model approach and support while clients build a bridge back to a fully autonomous purposeful life. She assists clients in defining and identifying short and long term recovery goals to improve quality of life. She provides in vivo service where she accompanies clients to important functions, court appearances, to or from treatment appointments, and assists and advocates for clients in "real life" experiences. She collaborates with clients in formulating relapse prevention plans, finding a sponsor, providing education on addiction, and developing healthy meaningful relationships with others. She works with couples and families as well as individuals.