Marv Thomas - a timeline


About Marv

I am a man who wears two hats: therapist and community builder. I dance between my passions for assisting folks in therapy and formulating a way to make community work in our rapidly-changing world. I lead workshops, lectures, and write books. The center of my work is teaching the art of enhancing relationships. If you were to label me, the terms psychotherapist and applied anthropologist would best apply. I love my life and I love helping others to love theirs.

I started my career as an engineer and worked on the Apollo moon program. Then, I realized I wanted to work with people, not mathematics and widgets and things that fly. Forty-five years ago in graduate school, I switched from engineering to social work and began my life's work as a teacher and therapist. Since then, I have worked with over 10,000 individuals and couples in therapy, students in schools, and professionals in organizations. I have studied almost all the contemporary methods of psychology in addition to bodywork, dance, and drama.

In my work, I witnessed the significance of community to individual happiness. This observation led me to develop a notion I call Personal Village®. For the last decade, I have been presenting this concept and ways of applying it in workshops and in two ground-breaking books: Personal Village®: How to Have People in Your Life by Choice, Not Chance, and The Personal Village® Workbook. These were published in 2004 and 2006. I continue to write and have four additional books at various stages between concept and publication.

This is not a vitae, but here is a more detailed list for anyone who wishes to know more about what I'm up to:

Marv Thomas through the years

Community is at the core of what it is to be human. —Marv Thomas

Personal Village

"Community is at the core of what it is to be human." —Marv Thomas 

Personal Village >


Offering individual, relationship, premarital, and marriage counseling.

Counseling >


Feedback Marv has received over the years from individuals and couples.

Testimonials >