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Shannon Thomas is a well-known author, speaker, licensed therapist and survivor. She is regularly cited in the media as an expert on psychological abuse, as well as issues such as depression, abuse in general, life challenges and using therapy to heal overall.

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The Four Levels Of Uncomfortable Growth That Lead To Lasting Change

January 9, 2018

"People are unique yet strangely similar at the same time. Although no two are identical, the way that individuals handle certain aspects of life are very similar. There are patterns and clusters of ways people respond to life. I especially see this with lasting personal growth."
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The Truth Is You Never Cared If You’re Not Willing To Do Anything To End Assault

December 13, 2017

"When a close friend shares with you that her Pastor made uninvited sexual advances towards her and you argue that the pastor is a godly man and wouldn’t do such a thing, you just don’t care enough about protecting people against abuse in a religious community."
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Spiritual Abuse

November 14, 2017

"Why is it that a lot of people are cautious about things that have to do with Christianity, even Christian counseling? Well, I think it’s because there are far too many pastors and church/ministry leaders out there running amok in the name of God and doing a lot of harm in the process. Harm to people who are trying to find God in the blur of modern life and harm to the terms Christianity and Christian."
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The 9 Terms and Phrases You Need to Know if You Think You’re Being Manipulated

October 28, 2017

"From the outside, people may look into abusive relationships and wonder how the victim stuck around for so long. One of the answers is something called "trauma bonding."
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Being An Adult Sucks Sometimes

October 24, 2017

"Sometimes I don’t feel like being an adult. Sometimes I just feel like ignoring the responsibilities that adults have to deal with every day. Sometimes I don’t want to have to follow social norms and filter my words so that they fit into society’s expectation of how an adult is supposed to communicate."
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Some people consistently push away the people they love — here's why

October 3, 2017

"Shannon Thomas, a clinical social worker, told Business Insider that there are several methods people use to sabotage intimacy in their relationships. 'One is that we become critical of another person who is trying to bond with us,' she said. 'We question their motives of trying to be close. We may tell ourselves that they don't really care but are pretending. What we think is what we feel and will influence our behaviors.'"
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Expert reveals 8 ways a partner can be subtly manipulative - and 8 ways to escape

September 29, 2017

"Being in a relationship with a toxic person is a lot like being on a rollercoaster. There are wonderful, exhilarating highs, and then scary, sudden drops where you lose your breath and wait in anticipation for the highs to return."
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8 steps to escape psychological abuse

September 28, 2017

"Recovery from any form of abuse can be a difficult journey. This is especially true when the mistreatment doesn’t leave any physical evidence of harm. Victims do not trust themselves to know whether the abuse was even real, and that can make healing a complex process."
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Meet Shannon Thomas of Southlake Christian Counseling

September 28, 2017

"Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Thomas. Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. "
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Here's why you shouldn't be jealous of your narcissistic ex's new partner

September 24, 2017

"A certain amount of time after the break-up — usually not long, when it comes to narcissists — your ex will find someone new. Whether you're happy they're out of your life or not, this can still be upsetting to hear. The narcissist will go out of their way to ensure you know about their new relationship."
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Narcissists aren't capable of something called 'object constancy' — and it helps explain why they are so cruel to the people they date

August 27, 2017

"When we quarrel with our loved ones, most of us have the ability not to do too much damage. This is because of something called object constancy. It basically means having the ability to still have a positive emotional bond with someone when you are also feeling angry, hurt, or disappointed with them."
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How to Spot a Toxic Friend

August 18, 2017

"Breaking up isn’t just for romantic relationships. Sometimes you have to make the difficult decision to split ways with friends — regardless of whether they’re old or new ones — if they’re toxic. Toxic people can be found everywhere — hiding in families, couples, friendships, and companies."
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People often stay in abusive relationships because of something called 'trauma bonding' — here are the signs it's happening to you

August 17, 2017

"Those who have never been in an abusive relationship struggle to understand how people remain in one for so long. If somebody was mistreating you, "why did you stick around?" they ask. For survivors, this can be a really tough question to answer."
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Psychological abusers don't go for the weak — they choose strong people because they 'like a challenge'

August 11, 2017

"Victims of psychological abuse are most often the kind of people you wouldn't think would be vulnerable to such a thing. According to Shannon Thomas, a therapist and author of the book 'Healing from Hidden Abuse,' success and strength are actually what attract abusive narcissists and psychopaths to their targets."
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9 Things Your Mom Should Never Do, No Matter What

August 8, 2017

"When we are young, we look at our mothers as if they could do no wrong. But as we get older, we realize parents have to be discerning too, and you may start to notice their flaws. There are a number of things your mom should never do, even though she is your mother, as her actions can have some powerful effects on your wellbeing."
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Managing Psychological Trauma with Ms Shannon Thomas

July 15, 2017

"Welcome to The Mental Breakdown and Psychreg Podcast! Today, Dr. Berney and Dr. Marshall have the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Shannon Thomas, a licensed clinical social work supervisor, the owner and lead therapist of an award-winning private practice-counseling agency in Southlake, Texas and best-selling author of 'Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse'."
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MyNDTALK - Healing from Hidden Abuse - Shannon Thomas

July 13, 2017

"Shannon Thomas discusses her important book about something ugly, hidden, and difficult to describe. Psychological abuse. How is it possible that one person can gain so much power to destroy another person's sense of worth, safety, and sanity? Shannon tells you how, but more importantly, she gives you a roadmap that helps you wake up, break free, heal, and rebuild what feels like your shattered life."
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11 Signs Your Partner Might Have Mental Health Problems They’re Ignoring And How You Can Help

July 11, 2017

"If your SO has been distracted, down in the dumps, or if they've been acting differently lately, it could be a sign your partner is dealing with anxiety, depression, or some other mental health issue."
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Sound Advice: Feeling Stretched

July 1, 2017

"How much is too much? For most of us, we know we've been stretched too far when anxiety, tears or anger appears." pg. 12
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Entrepreneurs Need Viking Ships, Not Dinghies

June 21, 2017

"More often than not we become like the people we’re around. Based on that, we must be cautious about whom we surround ourselves. And when you need to achieve big goals, you need the right people and resources — you need Viking ships."
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Meet Shannon Thomas

June 19, 2017

"The spectacular Shannon Thomas will lead the Breakout Session, “When Mean Girls Grow Up and Join the PTA: Healing from Hidden Abuse” at the #NoMeanGirls Conference October 6-8, 2017 in Dallas, Texas"
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9 Signs You Have High-Functioning Depression, Which is Still Dangerous

June 5, 2017

“Licensed clinical social work supervisor Shannon Thomas says that during these periods of time, someone with high-functioning depression can even fool themselves into thinking that everything is just fine.”
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Women in Business profile

June 1, 2017

“There’s a lot to be gained from fully understanding how our life experiences have impacted us and the patterns we continue to follow in our daily lives.”
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Psychological Abuse: Hidden in Society

May 24, 2017

“Within every community, toxic people can be found hiding in families, couples, companies, and places of worship. Psychological abuse is all inclusive, happening all around the world and affecting people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and economic standings.”
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Recovery from Abuse: Collecting Pebbles article

May 4, 2017

“One of the most common things I hear from survivors of psychological abuse is their confusion about why they didn’t notice the red flags sooner in the relationship.”
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Psychological Abuse: Hidden in Society

April 26, 2017

“People who have experienced psychological abuse often cannot clearly describe what has been done to them due to the hidden actions of an abuser – repetitious mind games, brainwashing and more.”
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Healing Stages of Recovery with Host Tracy Malone

April 2, 2017

“Shannon Thomas was so kind to do an interview with me. She is the author of a very powerful book on recovery from abuse from a narcissist, sociopath or psychopath.”
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11 Surprising Signs You Might Be a Narcissist

March 22, 2017

“As counselor Shannon Thomas tells me, narcissists believe other people should make them happy and comfortable.”
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Southlake Therapist, Author Releases New Book

March 22, 2017

"In her first self-published book, 'Healing from Hidden Abuse,' Southlake therapist Shannon Thomas narrates the raw and emotional journey that psychological abuse victims face. Tantor Media, a leading audiobook publisher, also released an audiobook version of Thomas' book."
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Lessons from the Big Apple

October 17, 2016

“I recently spent four days in New York City for a fun girls’ trip. It is an incredible city and one that I am more than happy to visit whenever possible. The city that never sleeps also never disappoints.”
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A Quest to Improve the Lives of People Who Have Experienced Psychological or Spiritual Abuse.

June 1, 2016

“Let’s face it – relationships of all types can really be difficult. That’s especially true when we find ourselves living, associating or working with individuals who use psychological or spiritual abuse as a method of harm.”
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Adulting Sucks Sometimes

December 14, 2015

“Sometimes I don’t feel like being an adult. Sometimes I just feel like ignoring the responsibilities that adults have to deal with every day. Sometimes I don’t want to have to follow social norms and filter my words so that they fit into society’s expectation of how an adult is supposed to communicate.”
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Boundaries is Not a Four Letter Word

October 16, 2015

“Our culture has taught us that only rude people set boundaries or perhaps they are only for people who have spent a lot of time in counseling. We have this belief that in order to be a person who implements boundaries, we must do so in some melodramatic or forceful way.”
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When Mean Girls Grow Up and Join the PTA

April 14, 2015

“Hi, I am Shannon and I was the Vice-President of the PTA for about 91 days. When I resigned from my elected position on the PTA, it was in the middle of a swirling vortex of snarky emails, biting texts, lots of eye rolling at meetings and an endless amount of gossip flowing.”
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