About Me

My Healing Professional Journey

Hello! I’m James

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My journey to becoming a therapist came from finding myself on my own healing journey.  I’ve had many difficult chapters, personal struggles, and new beginnings in my own life. Through my own therapy and journey, I have learned to embrace all the parts of myself–even the ones I kept hidden for  a long time.

 I became interest in addictions after watching a high school friend go through rehab & therapy after an overdose. He transformed into a new person and I wanted to support others on that journey.

I’m a divergent thinker and also love to work with those who think outside the box.  I’m also that person who has tried to do all the things at once and suddenly I smell dinner burning on the stove.

Chicago was a great city to build my career. I worked with folks who experience complex traumas, addictions, and psychosis.  They were my best teachers and true diamonds in the rough.  I am so excited to now experience what the West Coast has to teach me!

I believe that healing is a chain reaction. As we go within and heal ourselves, it ripples into the world around us.  Little by little, things start to grow again.

 

My Approach & Values

  • I believe your past does not determine your future.
  • There is power in vulnerability and empty.
  • The way out is through-feeling fully.
  • Your inner world is as valid as the external.
  • Therapy is a brave to try on your most authentic self.
  • Colorful language is allow and even encouraged.
  • Small daily steps bring dreams into reality.
  • Your story is yours to narrate.
  • Healing happens in community. Therapy is a small part of the journey.
  • I enjoy the creative challenge of tailoring therapy to your unique needs.

Licensure

  • CA LCSW101261
  • IL 149.020618

Current Education

  • MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy-Multidisciplinary Organization of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) (In Progress)
  • Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (Ketamine, MDMA, & Psilocybin)- Integrative Psychiatry Institute (In Progress)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Circle (In Progress)
  • Brainspotting Phase 1 (2022)
  • Navigating Autistic Adulthood: Providing Neurodiversity Affirming Care (2022)
  • EMDR- EMDR Chicago (2021)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intensive (2021)
  • ADHD Support Intensive (2021)
  • Substance Abuse Counseling- Thresholds (2015-2020)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- Loyola University Chicago (2015)
  • Solution Focused Therapy- Loyola University Chicago (2015)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy- Loyola University Chicago (2015)

Contact Me

Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies call a trusted support, crisis hotline, 911, or visit your nearest hospital.

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(424) 284-9325

California (Los Angeles) and Illinois Virtual Video Sessions

james@solsticementalhealth.com

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