Dr. James began his adult career in law enforcement as a federal officer with the Immigration and Naturalization Service / Department of Homeland Security in 2000. While working as a federal officer, he completed his graduate studies at Seton Hall University in 2004 earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and transitioned into the in-home counseling field in 2005.
From 2005 to present, Dr. James continued to work in the in home field along with working as an intensive case manager, mental health counselor at a homeless shelter, intensive outpatient therapist, and volunteered at both the psychiatric ER and psychiatric inpatient unit as a senior primary therapist. Issues and concerns addressed with individuals during the aforesaid time to present include depression, relationship issues, trauma, family counseling, anger, adoption, youth's identifying as LGBTQI, substance use, multicultural, religion, mood disorders, and behavioral issues.
Dr. James earned his doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology in 2013 from Argosy University. His dissertation entitled, "Exploring Multicultural Counseling Competence Within Intensive In-Community Counseling: A Mixed Methods Study," stemmed from the lack of research on the lived experiences of families receiving intensive in-community counseling services. The purpose of his research included exploring the perceptions of counseling experiences within the family, examining the perceptions of multicultural counseling competence in the family, and providing a document that explores the viewpoints of the home based counseling experience. The themes from the study include: 1) awareness of cultural differences, 2) comfort in the session, 3) time to understand the family needs, and 4) counseling strategies.
In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor (#37PC00458300), he is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) (#228333) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) (#ACS01489) along with being a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) (#1344) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).
Dr. James is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists (NACBT), and verified by Psychology Today. Dr. James is a Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist (CCBT) through the NACBT and holds a level four certification in Rational Living Therapy, and continues to work with Dr. Pucci in better addressing family needs.
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