Chris-James Cognetta


About Me

Hi I’m Chris-James Cognetta. I’m here to help however I’m able assist you in your journey with therapy. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Dallas, TX, serving other states and countries as well.

I’m a resident of Dallas, Texas, active in the community and the world of nonprofit organizations helping people and their causes move forward.

Fun fact is that I have been an actor, model, and comedian in my earliest years and was in the last Montgomery Ward catalogue ever published.

My theoretical orientation is existential— the goal of existential therapy is to understand the way the client sees the world and help them make choices based on new insights. People often have a limited awareness of themselves and the nature of their problems. This is called a restricted existence. I specifically work with men of all ages and their life partners at times. My practice is not limited to men only-- however, the majority of my practice identifies as male.

My professional career outside of entertainment started in corporate America. I worked for global firms in corporate education, sales development, human capital development and more. Working in many industries including health care, hospitality, travel, theme parks, banking, IT, and Telecom to name a few. In 2007 I began my journey toward my career in Counseling. My corporate clients often needed more than what I was prepared or able to deliver as they were getting stuck in their personal lives as well as their professional lives. Gaining skills at Southern Methodist University I received a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology, I was licensed soon after with a professional counseling credential.

During my internships gaining my experience before licensure was obtained in corporate settings, a non-profit youth center, an outpatient rehabilitation facility. This helped me to work with varying issues and problems.

My professional post graduate and licensure training includes Gottman Level III, Trauma, sexual dysfunction and many other topics.

My background is unique and diverse as my clients are. I’m able to help them with most issues and problems and look forward to working toward their goals with them.

So let's talk... Do you feel stuck? Are you angry or sad more often than not? Feel like you don’t belong or that the responsibilities are closing in on you? Do you wonder why you’re here? Are you not sure what the next steps are in your life? I’m here to help you realize your best mind, body and spirit.

Balancing freedom and constraints in our every day lives leaves many of us with anxiety, depression, health concerns, family issues and work stress. Coping with anxiety, depression, can negatively and significantly affect your ability to live fully and openly. I see clients in all life-stages and their evolution as individuals. I work in both group and in individual settings to ensure that clients have the access to care they need. Let's find out how I can help you.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #70758 (Expires: 2021-09-30)


Written by K.A. on Apr 01, 2021 after counseling with Chris-James for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

He was exactly the kind of counselor I was looking for. He listened very attentively pointed out where I needed to strengthen myself and where I needed to grow. He was kind and very open about himself and about what I could do to improve. I very much enjoyed speaking with him and look forward to more counseling sessions with him

Written by K.A. on Mar 06, 2021 after counseling with Chris-James for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Super helpful and attentive. Working through big life altering changes with Chris-James helps me stay grounded and focused on my goals.

Written by Y.U. on Feb 09, 2021 after counseling with Chris-James for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Chris-James is very thoughtful and is a great therapist. He helped me understand the causes of my issues and how to deal with them. He is also a great listener, remembers all previously discussed issues and provides quick solutions. His vast knowledge and extensive experience provide a great source for learning and self-development.

Written by E.L. on Sep 08, 2020 after counseling with Chris-James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and bipolar disorder

Gives solid answers that are actionable. Refreshing change.