A. Leigh Thornton, Jr., Ph.D.

A. Leigh Thornton, Jr.Dr. Thornton

has been treating individual adults and couples as a therapist with The Westwood Group since 1991. His specialties include depression, stress management, anger control, and anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He also treats individuals and couples for communication difficulties and for the psychological components of male and female sexual dysfunctions. Dr. Thornton’s therapy style embraces cognitive-therapy techniques with a supportive, goal-oriented emphasis.

Dr. Thornton earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Virginia. He received one year of specialized training in marital and sex therapy from the Psychiatry Department of VCU Medical School. He completed his internship year at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and residency year at Poplar Springs Hospital in Petersburg, where he served as staff psychologist for adult inpatients for four years.

Dr. Thornton also has experience as a therapist in a college counseling center, group therapist in several psychiatric hospitals, therapist for alcohol education/support groups, and group therapist in group homes for the aged. Thus, he enjoys treating adults of all ages, from high school seniors to senior citizens.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Thornton has been active in the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists in various capacities, promoting adequate insurance coverage for mental health treatment.

  • Specialties:
  • Depression
  • Stress and anger management
  • Anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Couples, including communication and sexual difficulties
  • Works with adults of all ages        
               
               

Highlights

  • M.S. and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. and M.Ed., University of Virginia
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1985
  • Marital and sex therapy training, Psychiatry Dept., VCU Medical Center
  • Training and experience with adults of all ages

Location/Hours

  • Northside/West End office, 5821 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228-5427, (map it)
  • Contact, phone (804) 264-0966, ext. 53, email drthornton@ thewestwoodgroup.org
  • Office hours, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday