Airriell Thomas, M.A.
Airriell was born in Alabama and raised in Chicago. Her innate interests in biology and mechanics, bloomed into a love of psychology early in her academic career. Airriell received a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience from DePaul University. Currently, she is in her fourth year of studies at Adler University , where she earned a master’s of science in clinical psychology and is currently in pursuit of her doctorate in clinical psychology.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Airriell occupied various roles in the healthcare field including serving as a certified pharmacy technician, a benefits analyst, and a crisis center operator. She has received clinical training at community mental health centers wherein she worked closely with those involved with the legal system and individuals living with severe mental illness. Airriell has also conducted therapy in the medical setting working with children, adults, and families impacted by both physical and mental health concerns.
Airriell’s experiences in a variety of roles have aided in her developing a unique perspective that informs her work. Practicing from a humanist framework, Airriell acknowledges two experts in the room, the client and herself. She seeks to honor the practice of not doing anything to clients but rather working alongside them on their goals. For Airriell and her clients, therapeutic change is fostered by mutual openness that affirms the identities the client embraces. Airriell believes it is the clinician’s role to employ a range of tools to meet the client’s unique circumstances and needs. As such, she incorporates techniques from a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy into her work.