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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #CSW004725 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for James Milner. 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.

Written by D.E. on Jun 19, 2022 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

James Milner is very knowledgeable and smart, and it is apparent that he is operating in his calling. He provides excellent and sound advise using and truly understands your concerns.

Written by K.A. on May 17, 2022 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning anger management

Understanding therapist with experience in dealing with a variety of situations regardless of age, race, or creed. Will listen and relate to you to help you figure out your problems.

Written by G.R. on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with James for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

He's awesome!

Written by N.A. on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, coping with life changes, adhd, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and coaching

Mr Milner has been a great source of support and encouragement. I believe he wants me to succeed in my journey and I appreciate that so much

Written by T.A. on Jan 28, 2022 after therapy with James for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Great advice and very professional but down to earth! I love that!

Written by V.I. on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with James for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

James is amazing, supports me when it is necessary, but challenges me when it is needed. I have already recommended him (and BetterHelp, because of him) to everyone who will listen.

Written by H.E. on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and trauma and abuse

Mr. Milner offers a brand new perspective on my issues and has helped me be better at finding time for my own self-care.

Written by L.A. on Nov 28, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

James Milner is an excellent Therapist. His style of therapy is unlike others I’ve experienced in the past. He encourages journaling, writing out the thoughts and experiences you may have at any given moment, and sharing through the BetterHelp portal so that he is prepared in advance of the meeting to unpack and tackle those concerns. He has helped me to view things from a different lens, to live in the now and not allow myself to be defined through my past experiences. I appreciate how he incorporates biblical principals and scriptural references when tackling my concerns. I have truly been blessed by this therapy experience, and each session brings about a different level of healing and understanding.

Written by J.A. on Sep 24, 2021 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I've been working with James for the last few weeks and I've had a great experience. He has been very receptive to my goals and have tailored a plan that I've been able to put into practice since Day 1. I would highly recommend working with him to anyone looking to build better habits for living a healthier, happier life. Thank you James!

Written by C.H. on Aug 29, 2021 after therapy with James for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

James is a great therapist.

Written by E.R. on Jul 25, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I’ve been meeting with James weekly for over 3 months. We mainly focus on anxiety, unhealthy attachments, relationships (all varieties), and navigating PTSD from past trauma. He’s taught me a lot that I’m able to carry into my daily life and apply long term. My experience with James has been a very positive one! I look forward to continuing counseling with him.

Written by S.H. on Feb 04, 2021 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coaching

The site paired me with the perfect counselor for my needs and temperament. James Milner listens carefully and offers comments that are thoughtful and caring. He is helping me to change my narrative and lead with intent and purpose.

Written by E.R. on Jan 17, 2021 after therapy with James for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting issues

Mr. Milner is very professional and supportive in his therapy approach . He was a tremendous help in the rediscovery of myself and finding gratitude. He is always punctual and gives great suggestions on implementing practical solutions to aid you in the healing process.

Written by R.O. on Dec 14, 2020 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Mr Milner has excellent communication skills, he blends the right amount of time listening to understand how to best help you, with the right amount of time offer solutions and new ways of seeing things He does it in way to where he meets me on my level and make sure my needs are being addressed. I fully recommend Mr Milner if you want great counseling from an expert in his field and someone dedicated to service!

Written by K.A. on Nov 27, 2020 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Mr. Milner, is a "straight shooter" who incorporates his expertise with wisdom, common sense and compassion for his clients.

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