Dr. James Clifton

(LCSW, Master, of, Science, in, Psychology, Doctor, of, Ministry, in, Biblical, Counseling)

About Me

Greetings. My name is Dr. James W. Clifton. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker. I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from California Coast University and a counseling doctorate from Bethany Divinity College.

I have training in multiple therapeutic modalities but primarily use Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, and Rational Living Therapy. I teach and show clients that their thoughts produce their feelings and behaviors, the only person's behaviors they can control is their own, how to make better choices, and that most problems are rooted in unhealthy or unsatisfactory relationships of some type.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Antisocial Personality , Avoidant Personality , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #34002434A (Expires: 2022-04-01)


Reviews

Written by P.A. on Oct 22, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 months on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am deeply grateful for my time with Dr. Clifton. He's very easy to talk to and be open and transparent with. He's very insightful and so well equipped to help me deal with my various struggles. I have a lot of respect for him, especially as he challenges and encourages me. Many thanks!

Written by J.A. on Oct 12, 2020 after counseling with James for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

If you're searching for a therapist who you can trust, who will listen without judgement, and who can even make you laugh, then look no further! Dr. Clifton is all of that and more. He's kind hearted, intelligent, open minded, and the best therapist I've ever encountered. He helped me through some pretty heavy PTSD and in my time working with him I feel like I have control over my life again. Just be prepared to put in the work, but trust me when I say his assignments are not without thought or reason. I finally feel able to concor whatever life throws at me, all because of Dr. Clifton.

Written by T.A. on Oct 12, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Dr. Clifton is very knowledgeable. He has helped me and introduced me to new ways of thinking. Thanks!

Written by A.N. on Oct 02, 2020 after counseling with James for 8 months on issues concerning career difficulties

James is awesome

Written by M.A. on Sep 07, 2020 after counseling with James for 1 month on issues concerning depression, grief, and coping with life changes

Dr. Clifton is one of the best listeners I know. He asks thoughtful questions and genuinely wants you to grow. He's compassionate, encouraging, and has a wide range of expertise; very qualified! Counseling with him has been absolutely crucial in helping me take steps to change my life for the better, and I am so grateful for his empathy, feedback, and encouragement.

Written by K.I. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Just started meeting with James and he’s a very lovely guy! Immediately shows his full support and is always on your side. Wasn’t the original demographic I was looking for, but I highly recommend!

Written by Q.U. on Jul 23, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

James is a great guy. I have tried therapy for a long time and could never find the right person. He has taught me that I am enough and that the only person who is going to make my life better is me.

Written by J.O. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with James for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, grief, and adhd

He's a great man, and has helped me tremendously!

Written by E.B. on May 23, 2020 after counseling with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

James wasn't the demographic I was initially looking to be matched with, but almost immediately I could sense his experience and professionalism. He is a fantastic counselor and pray he will NEVER leave BetterHelp. I feel extremely comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings with him. I very much appreciate the guidance and help he has provided to me thus far (after two sessions) and highly recommend him.

Written by K.A. on May 17, 2020 after counseling with James for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Highly recommend better help! Found a therapist that is helpful understand and patient.

Written by S.T. on Apr 29, 2020 after counseling with James for 9 months on issues concerning anger management

James has been amazing for me and for my family. I was unsure of counseling at first but from the first time I spoke to James I felt reassured and positive and James invested in helping me and helping me identifying how I could help myself.

His support, guidance and expertise has improved my life considerable and I am and will remain indebted to him for his help.

Written by B.R. on Apr 08, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 weeks

After my first session with James I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I felt like I finally found someone willing to listen to me, truly listen to me and help me on my path to a better me. He always has great advice and I felt comfortable with him from the start of our first session.

Written by M.E. on Apr 07, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Very engaging and personalizes his approach- very helpful.

Written by D.E. on Feb 28, 2020 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

He is amazing and takes into account all of my feelings even the bad ones.

Written by D.A. on Dec 18, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and coping with life changes

James is a compassionate, down-to-earth gentleman with a great sense of humor and a good heart. When we talk, I feel that he is completely focused on me and my issues and does a fantastic job of showing me ways to implement changes to my way of thinking and my approach to my problems. It is a joy to speak with him, and I always feel much better after our sessions.

Written by N.I. on Nov 14, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

James has been a fantastic therapist. His insight is objective and of great value to me. More importantly, his friendly and compassionate nature made me feel comfortable opening up to him. I highly appreciate his work.

Written by S.A. on Oct 28, 2019 after counseling with James for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Mr. Clifton was fantastic to work with. He was able to give me the tools I needed to work through some substantial issues I was having. He was pleasant to work with, compassionate, upbeat, and very encouraging throughout our time working together. In the time I worked with Mr. Clifton, I have been able to identify root causes of actions that were proving to be damaging to myself, and my personal relationships. In learning to define and hold myself accountable for my actions and reactions, I am now able to pause, consider my consequences, and move forward in more positive directions rather than negative. My personal relationships and self esteem are in a much better place than earlier this year.

Written by R.O. on Aug 28, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

James is genuine, compassionate, smart, and responsive. He actively engages your mind and challenges you to reach beyond your predicament or way of thinking and doing. He has taught me much about myself in just a short time, and I know the effort I put in with James will pay back 10-fold!

Written by R.A. on Jun 17, 2019 after counseling with James for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

Dr. Clifton is incredible. I can’t believe the effort and time he invests in me. I had been going through what felt like the most difficult and insurmountable time of my life. God specifically connected me to Dr. Clifton. I could not ask for more.

Written by A.L. on Jun 13, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, self esteem, and anger management

In Mr Clifton, I found exactly what I was looking for. An experienced counselor who can draw on different tools to address my issues and help me work them out in a manner that works for me and not just a one size fits all approach.

He always answered promptly, and always found a solution or suggestion to any issue I would face. His advice has helped me greatly in dealing with anger and addiction issues.

I’m very happy I was matched with him and am pretty sure that he could help anyone who wants to help themselves.

Written by B.R. on Jun 06, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

My time spent working with Dr. Clifton was priceless. Too much progress and good vibes to cover in this small box.

Written by M.I. on May 21, 2019 after counseling with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

James has been a Godsend for me. He offers practical tools and action plans that I can use between sessions to coach and counsel myself. He is an excellent listener, a trusted advisor, and the guide I need during this period in my life.

Written by B.O. on Apr 27, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel empowered in every session with James, he has positive energy & his words are powerful that can shift my emotion. James gave me some tools to due with my situation myself & I like that I can work on that independently. Thank you so much.

Written by R.E. on Apr 25, 2019 after counseling with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

He will want you to be the best version of yourself.