Psychotherapist Deidre is a personable clinician that has been an agent of change in professional social work for over 20 years. Her range of experience extends from working in public schools, national nonprofits, community mental health, and with active and retired service members, to her current position with a health insurance company that offers health services to over 6 million people in the eastern United States.
Ms. Thompson started out exploring macro level social work with education and intervention to address the needs within at-risk populations. There, through assessment, community engagement, group facilitation, and evaluation, she gained valuable knowledge about parents, youth and families, depression, suicide, anxiety, trauma-informed care, strength-based family interventions, and job readiness.
As a Certified Case Manager (CCM), Ms. Thompson is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health, utilizing Motivational Interviewing to assess the needs of her clients and helping to facilitate change. Throughout, Ms. Thompson has found that effective intervention begins with a person-centered strategy; each time she customizes her approach--be it for youth, at-risk populations, parents, Medicare and geriatric populations, veterans or communities--with creating a clear picture of their unique dynamic. This is where their journey to discovering their full health potential begins.
Ms. Thompson received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wayne State University in Michigan, where she was born and raised. Today, she resides in Dallas, Texas and enjoys traveling, the arts and making memories with friends & family.
“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose in life, and not something you do in your spare time.” In her bestselling book, The Measure of our Success: A Letter to my Children and Yours, Marian Wright Edelman provided a blueprint for caring for people. A tough and searching book, Edelman offers the fruits of her learning that character, self-discipline, determination, attitude, and above all, service are the substance of life. For most of my life and career, I have lived as an echo of Dr. Edelman’s powerful sentiments.
Deidre S. Thompson, LCSW, CCM