James Anacker

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About Me

Thank you for considering my counseling services. I have experience providing counseling to those trying to find their way in the world. I also have experience counseling adults of all ages and those with disabilities. I am trained to provide group counseling and individual counseling. My intentions are to use evidence-based techniques as my foundation for working with you. In some ways I am more of a classical counselor implementing psychotherapy techniques such as existentialism and person centered. I like to take time to go deep and try to get to the root of problems, but at the same time I am able to use quicker methods which are also evidence based. I feel like shorter therapy may be a quick fix, but a structural and foundational change is more achievable through longer interventions. It does not have to be an either/or. We can go both long and short, but I offer no guarantees that my services will be a success. I will say any therapist that says their techniques work always are simply not being upfront. My intention is to always be upfront and honest with you. This may include me admitting that my skills and experience are not a good fit, even after we have worked together a bit. However, you needing to see someone else is possible, it does not often come to that, but it is possible.

My highest degree is a Masters degree in Counseling from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. I have worked the last three years with families, parents, and individuals needing support with mostly situations of domestic chaos and family struggles. This is interesting work with a variety of issues, and it has really kept me on my toes. I feel like I have seen a little bit of everything, but I would like to work more with individuals trying to find meaning in their lives among the chaos. I am studying for my PhD and I had a professor tell me about betterhelp, and I am giving it a shot. Before my current practice, I worked as a school counselor for two years, where I encountered a wide spectrum of mental illnesses. I worked for a nonprofit disability agency which aided people with disabilities in finding success in work. I worked as a Registered Behavioral Technician to provide in home therapy to youths 21 and under who need behavioral services. I am also a National Board Certified Counselor, having met the requirements to receive this distinction. I am currently a PhD student in counseling. In my private practice I work mostly with people with family issues. Therapy is not easily described in general statements. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. My theoretical orientation is existential and collaborative. I often talk about movies, books, and tv- so if you are into culture, I may be a good fit. I regularly am reading counseling literature and research to improve my skills.

I also have an orientation towards wellness and whole-ism vs just overcoming illness and compartmentalizing problems. I don't want you to just live better, but I want you to thrive and be in a position to often enjoy life. Life will always be tough as a human, but if we examine how we think about it and relate to life it can often, but not always, make a big difference for the better.


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

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #lh61086334 (Expires: 2022-12-14)


Written by T.A. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning grief, and compassion fatigue

During a time of severe stress, I reached out through BetterHelp and was matched to my therapist. The texts and live sessions were incredibly helpful in grounding me and helping me sift through my emotions.

Written by E.M. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I enjoyed my conversations with James. He is a clear communicator and non-judgmental. I appreciated that he would push me to identify a few actions I would take between sessions.

Written by L.E. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

James is very easy and comfortable to talk with. I like his therapeutic approach. After our session, I felt heard and acknowledged.

Written by S.C. on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

James gives helpful and actionable feedback for improving one's mood and overall life.

Written by E.L. on Sep 10, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

James is very cool

Written by S.T. on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

James has totally met me where I’m at and what sort of help I’m looking for. He’s been patient with me and really been a great listener

Written by E.R. on Jun 11, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

James is a supportive and kind counselor.