I’m glad you’re here because I think it’s great that you’re taking an active role in getting support and figuring out which clinician will be a good fit for you!
Here is a bit about me and my therapeutic style to help you make your choice:
My name is Meara and you can feel free to just call me Meara (despite my awesome new title of Dr. Thombre). I started at the counseling center as a pre-doctoral intern last year and am very happy to have the opportunity to continue working with USF students as a Postdoctoral Fellow this year. I’m originally from Ohio, and I obtained my undergraduate degree from Indiana University. I also managed to survive the frigid, desolate plains of North Dakota to earn my Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of North Dakota. Besides my love for psychology/counseling, I enjoy many different hobbies such as throwing pottery, cooking/baking, and lifting weights.
I recognize that coming to therapy can be an intimidating process. That’s why my first goal as a therapist is to create a warm and welcoming space where you feel able to share what’s really going on for you. To me this means hearing you from a place of non-judgement, acceptance, and genuine curiosity. Your background is unique, so I want to understand who you are and what matters to you. From there, I like to work together to set meaningful goals to make the most out of the time we have together. While my first priority is for you to feel welcomed and safe, I also want to challenge you to think and relate to your emotions (and thoughts) in new ways. My style differs from many clinicians in that I tend focus on helping you directly transform your emotional experience/patterns, rather than focusing primarily on changing your thought patterns. In this way, I also see myself as an emotional coach that can help teach you new ways of handling difficult situations. I want to make sure that I not only help you with your current challenge, but help you learn new ways of coping that will help you grow and flourish in the future as well.
Clinical Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Relationship Concerns (both monogamous and consensual non-monogamous), Sex/Sexuality Related Concerns, Body Image, and Identity Development.
Approach to Supervision/Training: For supervision I use the Discrimination Model of supervision integrated with a Solution-Focused framework. I use the Discrimination Model to help us focus on the different roles and foci of supervision so that we get the most out of our time together. However, I also like to integrate a Solution-Focused framework to help supervisees grow and learn through a focus on their strengths.