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James LaPoint, LCSW, LISW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression
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About me

I am a professional counselor licensed in Arizona , Ohio and North Dakota with over 30 years of experience working with a wide range of life problems ranging from Mild to Moderate to Severe. I have experience in community mental health, substance abuse, rehabilitation and corrections, and academic and hospital settings. I have worked with clients with concerns related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-esteem problems, OCD and ADHD, schizophrenia, delusional disorders, bipolar disorder, phobias including agoraphobia, personality disorders including anti-social disorder and self-harming behaviors. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma including brain injuries, physical and sexual abuse, and emotional trauma including rape and domestic abuse.

My counseling style is flexible and interactive. I believe in treating everyone in an individualized manner. I endeavor to treat the problems the individual is experiencing and not rely solely on a diagnosis. My approach mostly combines cognitive-behavioral and existential interventions. I am familiar with and trained in current popular theoretical models including DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing, but I believe they are mostly rebranding of older theoretical approaches and are mostly based on cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. I will tailor our cooperative interaction and treatment plan to meet your unique issues, life circumstances, strengths and specific needs. After 30 years I am not shocked by or judgmental about anything.

It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life, and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that first step I am here to support and empower you. I will endeavor to give you my best effort and expect the same from you. Counseling should be a WE process and not me or you.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Workplace Issues

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

License information


OH LISW I.0007828

ND LCSW 6265


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for James LaPoint. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Jim is a fantastic resource! It is my first experience with therapy and Jim is extremely easy to talk to and is a great listener. From my first appointment with him, I've taken things that I can use to manage my conditions. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone that is looking for some guidance and assistance.

Written on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, adhd, and intimacy-related issues

He good

Written on May 05, 2022 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and bipolar disorder

He quickly understood exactly what I was feeling! The exercises he gave me really helped me and within TWO sessions I was able to immediately change who I was, become the person I wanted to always be. James is so kind, down to earth, actively listens and treats you like someone he’s always known. Best counseling I have ever experienced my whole life!!!

Written on Apr 30, 2022 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I'm happy with what he says to me. He helps me think with a new perspective. I'm feeling bette. I like the homework he gives me to type about.

Written on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Jim is amazing. Simply put he listens to everything I have to say and understands me better then anyone else I talk to day to day. Hes showed me many methods of controlling my anger and teaching me how to appreciate myself again. Highly recommended! Thank you Jim!

Written on Apr 29, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

I would definitely recommend James to someone else. He has a lot of experience and it has been helpful speaking to him.

Written on Feb 25, 2021 after therapy with James for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching