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Dr. Faith James, LMFT, LPC

Self esteem Coping with life changes Coaching Compassion fatigue ADHD
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About me

Dr. Faith James is both a Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years of counseling, psychotherapy, and teaching experience. She provides therapy to children, adolescents, parents and couples. Her areas of expertise include Parenting, Co-parenting, Depression, Anxiety, and Adolescent stress. She conducts psychological evaluations as well.

Dr. James is committed to the overall well being of families and she works with families in transition, such as divorce, grief and loss, and becoming new parents. During the course of her career, Dr. James has provided counseling and psychotherapy services to a wide variety of populations in both public and private sectors. She has considerable experience working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and individuals and families dealing with substance abuse/addiction issues. She has also worked extensively with adolescents assisting in college preparation and career planning.

Dr. James graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and she received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University. At Capella University she completed her Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Psychology with a specialization in Work Family Conflict and Women’s studies. During the past 10 years, she has worked as an adjunct professor at various universities teaching psychology courses. Dr. James has diverse experience that has provided her with a range of skills and an ability to flexibly approach each client’s unique circumstances.

“My approach to counseling is simple: Everyone faces challenges in life from time to time for which they may feel that they do not have all the tools to deal with alone. I see myself as a ‘coach’. I work with you to help you move from where you are now to where you want to be. I help you identify what you want and help you develop a plan to get there. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because it is a research based, results oriented approach that produces results. I have found CBT techniques to be as effective for children and adolescents as they are for adults.”

In addition to clinical work Dr. James has extensive experience as a Clinical Supervisor and is affiliated with the following organizations: American Counselors Association, Healthcare Providers Service Organization, the Virginia Board of Health Professionals, Psychology Today and Northern Virginia LPC group. Dr. James is married and has three children. She likes to spend time outdoors and with her family.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Blended Family Issues, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Self-Love, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

License information

VA LMFT 0717001544

VA LPC 0701003994