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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , 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 , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Prejudice and Discrimination , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Workplace Issues Read more...
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
GA LCSW CSW004725
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James was an absolute pleasure. Always good conversation, very insightful discussions, and a genuine friendly urge to help. I had to move out of state and if I could keep him on as my therapist, I would. Don't fret if you're assigned James, he'll take care of you.
James is supportive, understanding, and forthright. He doesn't treat me with "kid gloves" but tells me what I need to hear and asks questions I might otherwise avoid. He has helped me grow through a difficult time.
Very professional without bias and challenging by presenting a different perspective.
James remembers everything! He takes a genuine interest in you and your problems and more importantly the solutions. Thanks so much!
Excellent communicator and responds in a timely manner.
I feel tremendous relief having a non bias spiritual counselor to speak with.
James was very knowledgeable. He wasn’t pushy and provided some first step actionable items. My first therapy session in life and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The best person I’ve had the pleasure of talking to. Very knowledgeable and undserstanding. 10 out of 10 and 5 stars all the way
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.
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
Great advice and very professional but down to earth! I love that!
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.
Mr. Milner offers a brand new perspective on my issues and has helped me be better at finding time for my own self-care.
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.
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!
James is a great therapist.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mr. Milner, is a "straight shooter" who incorporates his expertise with wisdom, common sense and compassion for his clients.