James Hensley


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 work with severely mentally ill seniors, who are often rendered homeless or hospitalized due to their concerns, and assist in supporting them so that they may live in the community. I began my work with them as a Substance Use Specialist, and am now a supervisor of an Assertive Community Treatment team serving over 100 clients.
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 O.L. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling 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.