Frank N. Thomas, Ph.D.

Frank N. Thomas, Ph.D.


Program Area: Counseling

(817) 257-6562  |

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Frank Thomas is Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education and is recognized internationally for his contributions to the fields of solution-focused brief therapy, psychotherapy supervision, couple and family therapy, and counselor education. He served as the inaugural SFBTA Archivist, preserving the Brief Family Therapy Center of Milwaukee (the birthplace of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy) from 2008 to 2016. A former lifeguard, professional musician, and minister, he currently teaches doctoral and master’s courses in counseling and counselor education.

His book Solution-Focused Supervision: A Resource-Oriented Approach to Developing Clinical Expertise (2013, Springer Science + Business Media) has been described by Michael Durrant, Director of the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney and Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, as “THE most significant solution-focused book of the past 10 years.” He has also written five additional books and over 90 articles and book chapters.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. Thomas serves on five professional journal editorial boards and has presented over 230 workshops in 15 different countries. Academia has recognized him as among the top 2% most viewed authors four different months in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Thomas is also an internationally-published amateur photographer and has been married to Lori, an attorney, for over 40 years.


Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy
Texas Tech University

M.Div., Pastoral Studies/Pastoral Counseling
North American Baptist Seminary

B.S., Sociology/Social Work
University of South Dakota

Academic Areas

  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Counselor Education
  • Cybernetics/Systems Thinking
  • Multicultural Counseling

Research Areas

  • Solution focused supervision
  • Solution focused brief therapy: philosophy and history
  • Family therapy: history and the development of the profession
  • Therapist well-being, self-of-therapist
  • Client and supervisee perspectives of therapy and supervision

Professional Achievements

  • Erskine Visiting Scholar, College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2018
  • Steve de Shazer Research Award, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association of North America, 2016
  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT), 2010

Recent Publications

Thomas, F. N., Snyder, K. M., & Wedel, O. S. (2020). Exemplary school counselors: Perspectives on identity and practice. The Qualitative Review. Accepted for publication.

Bloom, A. D., & Thomas, F. N. (2020). “Write what you know” (Twain): How to write a practical journal article. Journal of Solution-Focused Practices. Accepted for publication.

Thomas, F. N. (2018). We cannot not change: The inevitability of evolution in solution-focused practices. In T. Switek, B. Strahilov, & P. Panayotov (Eds.), Making waves: Solution-focused practice in Europe (pp. 321-335). Sofia, Bulgaria: Rusepress.