Anna Thomas, MS, LPC – Primary Counselor [+PHOTO]
Anna joined the IICS community in the Fall of 2017 after spending 2 years in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working as a Primary School Counselor at an International School in the western region. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2000 after earning a Bachelor in Psychology (Honors) and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (Honors).
She maintains an American license [currently with the State of Arkansas Board]. Prior to overseas, she had 16 years in the field of counseling/psychotherapy in North America with many of those being as a school-based counselor assisting kids with personal/social development, academic achievement/college-career awareness, as well as more serious issues such as trauma recovery and severe behavioral issues. In addition to her work as a school-based counselor, she worked in a variety of settings, including child/adolescent residential centers and private practice, as well as in different capacities, as crisis intervention specialist, state (of Oregon) mental health investigator, detox specialist, and clinical director of two mental health clinics. She was regularly called to testify in court, advocating for the rights (and responsibilities) of emotionally/mentally ill/abused children and adults. She has extensive experience and training with child protection, most recently with CIS, and has led workshops on Child Safeguarding. She started the eco-club, Parent Teacher Student Association, and a healthy eating campaign at her former current school. She is a passionate advocate regarding the rights of children. Additionally, she has spent years in animal rescue. She has two daughters and they enjoy traveling the globe, cycling in nature, camping, being in or around water, or just cuddling up with a good book and their kitties. They are all involved in animal welfare and really love living in Istanbul.