Unchana Thamasak, M.S., LMHC, LCAC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor with 20 years of experience. She is also certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC). Additionally, Unchana is certified by the TRICARE North Region as an authorized (certified) TRICARE Provider.
Unchana's extensive experience has included working with adults in a college counseling center setting as well as in a community mental health setting. The scope of her work has been in providing direct clinical services, triaging and case assignment; outreach and prevention programs development and coordination, training and supervising counselor-in-training; collaboration and consultation with community and campus community leaders. Unchana’s clinical work addresses concerns ranging from clinical depression, addictive behaviors, various types of clinical anxiety e.g. social anxiety, generalized anxiety, specific phobia, obsessive-compulsive etc., to relationship conflicts management and development of healthy relationships dynamics, grief/loss and adjustment issues related to difficult life transitions.
In addition, Unchana's area of interest and expertise has included the treatment of post-trauma distress, and she is a level-2 trained EMDR® (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist.
Though being well-versed in various clinical tools and intervention approaches, Unchana has a strong belief in her client's strength and resiliency. Like Rogers (1977), she believes in “force of life” – a built-in motivation present in every life-form to develop its potentials to the fullest extent possible -- Mental health is a normal progression of life, and mental illness and other human problems are distortions of that natural tendency.
What some of her clients said ……. (anonymous survey)
“Thank you very much. I really appreciate all your efforts on my behalf, and support during such a difficult time. It would have been much harder to get through everything without being lucky enough to be paired with a really good counselor like you. I’m feeling much better than I did when I first came to your office.”
“I really felt comfortable talking with you, because of the way you handled the sessions… talking, listening, and helping me think…., and I felt you cared.”