I am James K. Slaton and I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2015. I graduated from Western Kentucky University and my previous experience in mental health includes working at a State Mental Hospital, Community Mental Health Crisis Unit, and Child Protective Services as an ongoing worker and investigator. I started providing mental health counseling/therapy in 2012 working with children and their families. My experience includes implementing management strategies for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, and effects of trauma to name a few. My overall approach is based in Reality Therapy. I am trained in several modalities and utilize them interchangeably to create an environment where my patients are/or become an expert on themselves and can teach me how to help them. I bring my own expertise to the session shaped and formed through life experiences, the search and acquisition of knowledge, and taking an empathetic approach to all situations. Passing judgment, discriminating, following social norms, or utilizing sympathy as a tool is not a part of treatment I deliver. My approach is straightforward and solution focused. If you feel that no one ‘gets’ you or that no one has been there, you may be correct but I believe that can change so give me a try! I make no promises, but I also tell no lies; if you possess the stamina we will win the race! If stamina is lacking, we will condition and win the race anyway!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Hearing Impaired, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TN LCSW 7016
KY LCSW 4020
Written on May 24, 2023 after therapy with James for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion
Mr. Slaton is an amazing professional. He is easy to speak with, he has an amazing ability to help you identify underlying problems to help you work on your main issues. Exceedingly supportive. I honestly look forward to our weekly sessions.
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with James for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and adhd
I am so happy to be working with James on my anxiety and relationship issues. I feel that I am making some real progress in my self esteem and just being able to tell him things I do NOT share with anyone else is the best thing for me.
Written on Jan 21, 2023 after therapy with James for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management
My experience has been positive .
Written on Jan 07, 2023 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd
James is very easy to talk to and provides good tools / actionable items that support improvement.
Written on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with James for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions
James has been a great positive help so far. He's a great listener and offers practical advice towards effective help
Written on Aug 05, 2022 after therapy with James for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes