James Hensley

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About Me

My name is James, and I have been in the field of mental health and recovery for approximately 13 years. I began my career with a degree in Human Development and Sociology. From there, I join the United States Navy where I worked as a Psychiatric Technician, a sort of First Responder for psychiatric issues. I worked at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and held several positions that allowed me to gain skills in crisis management, safety planning, assessment, addiction, life stress, life changes and planning for next steps such as discharging from the military or retiring.
After that, I attended San Diego State University to obtain my Masters in Social Work. There I honed my clinical skills working with youth and families that had contact with the justice system, homeless veterans with mental health and substance use issues, and developed passion for Motivational Interviewing, which I would say is my primary interest with regards to my therapeutic style. I currently provide therapy on this site full time, and plan to do so for the time being.
My therapy style is dependent on my clients, however I strive to be as warm and empathetic as possible. I feel that everyone deserves to tell their story, their struggles, and their successes without judgement, and everyone deserves to have a say in how they will grow to meet their own challenges. My approach is holistic and takes the entire person into account, including mental health concerns, interpersonal issues, physical and medical challenges, or issues of social or environmental concern. I certainly would never tell anyone that I've heard it all, but I've been fortunate to have enjoyed a range of positions and clients, and feel that I can work with anyone who is willing to share and be heard.


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

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #94790 (Expires: 2022-05-31)


Written by M.A. on May 15, 2021 after therapy with James for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

James is incredible! I feel very comfortable sharing the struggles I’m dealing with him because of the safe environment James created. I also appreciate it so much that we created boundaries right from the start. Overall, James is very both professional and empathetic!

Written by G.A. on Apr 10, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

James is fantastic. I've worked with several therapists over the years and at first James and I were focused on navigating the immediate day to day challenges coming up for me. Now that things have calmed down a bit, we're able to explore big picture long held beliefs, values, etc. James has given me a variety of ways to engage in therapy including video sessions, text messages, and voice messages. He is always responsive, communicative, and thoughtful. During sessions he asks helpful and thoughtful questions that allow me to explore what we're talking about more deeply. He is always transparent, responsive, and receptive to feedback about how the therapy experience can improve for me specifically. I would highly recommend working with James.

Written by J.E. on Mar 13, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 months

James Hensley is a phenomenal therapist who has brought me farther along in 3 months then any prior therapist of 20 years. I was beginning to lose all hope when I started with James and my life and my confidence in myself gave both improved ten-fold already. I appreciate his work and his help immensely. I am very grateful to James.

Written by E.D. on Feb 05, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and lgbt

He is great

Written by O.L. on Jan 12, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

James is very understanding of my feelings. It can be tough to release all of your emotions to a stranger but he and I have only been talking a short while and I feel more comfortable every conversation.