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James Milner, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Anger management Depression
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About me

Greetings! I am James Milner, an LCSW, with 20 years of providing counseling services in a professional capacity. I am a graduate of Savannah State University, where I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree.I then completed my Master of Social Work degree at the University of Georgia. I obtained my LMSW in 2006. I obtained my clinical licensure in 2012.
I am from Atlanta, GA, and have worked in the area for my entire career. I initially served as the Mental Health Specialist for Community Concerns, Inc., and supervised a transitional housing program for severely mentally ill homeless men for 10 years. Since that time I have gone on to become the Executive Director of the agency. In that capacity I have designed and implemented several supportive housing programs including: Emergency Shelter; transitional housing for women; a Dual Diagnosis Substance Abuse residential program; and an apartment complex with onsite supportive services for homeless families.
During this time I also started my private Practice, S.H.A.N.T.I Psychotherapy, LLC (S.H.A.N.T.I - Spiritual Holistic and Natural Therapeutic Interventions). Through that agency I contracted to provide services at Georgia State University in their Counseling and Testing Department. I maintained that contract for approximately three years. From there I obtained my own office space in downtown Decatur, GA and operated out of that space a little over two years. I left my office space when I was promoted to Executive Director of my non-profit agency, CCI.
In addition, I am a licensed and ordained Baptist minister and serve as the Assistant Pastor of the Chapel of Christian Love Baptist Church. In that capacity I am also the Lead Pastoral Counselor for the church. I am a yogi and Reiki Master. I am also Certified as a Meditation Instructor and as an Anger Management trainer. I am also trained in hypnotherapy.
I consider understanding the culture, world - view and belief system of the client with whom I am working, to be crucial to establishing an effective therapeutic relationship. I utilize an eclectic approach that incorporates philosophy, psychology, and spirituality as valid tools to improve well being of the clients I serve. My specialty is assisting adults in understanding their personal history and the connection to the challenges they currently face. I enjoy the therapeutic relationship and operate from a personal philosophy that believes "mind over body...spirit over mind". In addition to utilizing the Best Evidence BasedPractices that have evolved out of therapeutic practice; I acknowledge the extensive history of applying interventions that take into account the spiritual beliefs of the individual. To that end I also utilize Transpersonal Psychology as deemed appropriate and effective.
I have worked well with men, women and couples. I work to connect with each client as an individual and not as a representative of their assigned diagnosis. I see the diagnostic process as simply a step toward finding the most appropriate solution to alleviate suffering and to increase the quality of life.

Professional experience

11yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Anger management Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Blended Family Issues, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Men's issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social anxiety and phobia, Workplace issues

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

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I don't even know where to begin! Admittedly at first starting therapy I was nervous and a little apprehensive. I wasn't sure if this was "for me." Mr. James has literally been an answer to prayer! Kind and caring yet impartial and objective, I've learned so many proactive coping tools and ways to help relax and regain focus. And the fact that we believe the same from a theological standpoint has also allowed me to grow and deepen my relationship with God as well. I am beyond grateful to have access to such help and hope, and it's impossible to say thank you too many times! All the best to Mr. James for helping me become whole for the first time!

Written on Apr 01, 2024 after therapy with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

James was an awesome listener and great to talk to.

Written on Mar 25, 2024 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coaching

James has an impeccable memory and is very in tune with my issues and my needs. I look forward to all of my sessions.

Written on Mar 10, 2024 after therapy with James for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Dr. James is real down to earth and always has good information to share with me on how to overcome my mental obstacles. Plus I feel like he genuinely cares about my well being and growth.

Written on Jan 13, 2024 after therapy with James for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

James is knowledgeable and candid. Most therapists know how to give constructive criticism. James does so in a way that helps me self-analyze while maintaining my self-respect and facilitating growth in my healing journey. And, he doesn't unnecessarily draw out the treatment plan just so I'll keep coming back and spending money. I recommend James 100%. I don't know where I'd be had it not been for him.

Written on Jan 11, 2024 after therapy with James for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

James is the absolute man!!!

Written on Oct 09, 2023 after therapy with James for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts