Shannon Thomas is an international bestselling author, certified trauma therapist, co-founder of Keep Dreaming Big Project and survivor. She is regularly cited in the media as an expert on identifying and healing from psychological abuse, as well as issues such as high-functioning anxiety & depression, trauma recovery, life challenges, and using therapy as a tool for overall healing and restoration.

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My Husband Abused Me Financially – and I Almost Starved

Spousal abuse does not always mean bruises and broken bones. For some, it means denial to money and hidden bank accounts. A new book exposes the dark secrets of financial abuse, a rarely-discussed and damaging form of psychological manipulation.
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Is Your Family Toxic? How to know when it’s time to cut them out of your life.

“‘Toxic parents exhibit a chronic lack of empathy towards their children,” says Shannon Thomas, trauma therapist and author of Healing from Hidden Abuse. “These behaviors can manifest through biting remarks about appearance, relationship status, mental or physical health, financial struggles, or career challenges.'”
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How to Know if You’re Being Financially Abused

Dealing with money in a relationship is often a challenge, but sometimes the financial control one partner imposes on the other crosses can lead to financial abuse. According to Shannon Thomas, a licensed therapist and the author of “Exposing Financial Abuse,” using money as a form of control or power is very common — and very damaging.

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The Five Most Common Themes in Narcissistic Families

Children of narcissists have a difficult life, often taking on certain roles to try and get through growing up in a toxic household. There are five common themes often seen in narcissistic families: the neutral sibling, the needy sibling, flying monkeys, the withdrawn sibling, and pseudomutuality.

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Millennial Money: Don’t ignore the signs of financial abuse

“‘The first step is to be aware. The second is to start doing some protection,” says Shannon Thomas, author of “Exposing Financial Abuse.” At this stage, it’s important to not tell your abuser you’re going to leave. “I’ve talked to folks that confronted the abuser, and the next day all the money was out of the account.’ Instead, get educated.
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How to Rebuild Your Finances After Financial Abuse

Economic or financial abuse may not be the typical focus of discussions about abusive relationships, but it’s more common than you might think. Financial abuse occurs in 99 percent of abusive relationships and is one of the top reasons survivors stay in or return to abusive relationships, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

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How Domestic Abusers Use Household Finances to Trap Their Victims

One day, after 23 years in an abusive marriage, Rhonda Voss’ ex-husband told her he had closed their checking account and credit cards, withdrawn all of their money, and she had two weeks to leave their home.

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8 Signs a Loved One Might be in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional abuse, unlike physical abuse, can be so subtle and insidious that friends, family and even the victims themselves may not recognize the toxic dynamics at play. At first, the emotionally abusive partner may act in ways that appear loving and attentive on the surface — all part of the “grooming process”

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Using Money as a Weapon is Called Financial Abuse

If someone is able to withhold your finances it is a sign you are completely under their control. One woman who Shannon Thomas spoke to for her new book “Exposing Financial Abuse: When Money is a Weapon” was so financially controlled by her partner, she had to eat green beans out of a tin because it was all she could afford.

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How to Spot a Toxic Friend

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. Licensed clinical social work supervisor and self-published author Shannon Thomas, LCSW, has written about …

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Healing from Hidden Abuse, featuring Shannon Thomas

For his Surviving Narcissism podcast, Dr. C interviewed author and clinical social worker, Shannon Thomas, regarding her latest book…Healing From Hidden Abuse. He shares that interview here.

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Managing Psychological Trauma

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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When Money is a Weapon

Shannon Thomas, LCSW is a survivor of childhood trauma. She turned her life around, earned a Master’s degree, and empowered herself to become a certified trauma therapist. Shannon focuses on helping others recover from the abuse that they have suffered and creating a process for moving forward.

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