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Joe James, Psy.D.

Expertise:

Over the past 18 years I have had the great privilege of helping hundreds of adolescents and their families. I have spent countless hours meeting teenagers on the football field, in the gym, at the coffee shop, in the school lunchroom, at church, in my office and in hospitals; each one incredibly unique and astoundingly valuable. As a college student and young adult I served with Young Life as a Volunteer Leader and paid staff member. I also served as a youth pastor in a local church. As such, I made a habit of “going where the kids are” and “earning the right to be heard.” Consequently I have developed a keen sense of the culture in which teenagers live and have developed a unique set of skills that will often allow me to connect with adolescents in a meaningful way. As such, I am uniquely equipped to help families, schools, youth groups and others dealing with adolescent trauma, suicide, self-harm, depression, mood swings, alcohol and drug use, peer group pressures, difficulties at school, poor grades, defiance, and other high risk adolescent behaviors.

I also have a passion for adults of all ages who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, marital conflicts, personal identity problems, spiritual issues, men’s issues and more. Additionally, I enjoy working with couples in resolving conflicts, setting healthy boundaries, and dealing with long-standing problematic relational patterns.

Education:

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

The School of Professional Psychology at the Forest Institute

Springfield, MO- APA Accredited

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, with Honors- February 2010

The School of Professional Psychology at the Forest Institute

Springfield, MO- APA Accredited

B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies- December 1998

Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, OK

Credentials:

Licensed Professional Counselor, MO #2010035914

Licensed Professional Counselor, OK #4857

Professional Experience:

Meier Clinics of Wheaton, IL. (2011-2012)

Provided psychological evaluations and therapeutic services for the Meier Clinic’s Adult Day Program, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Breakaway Program, and Outpatient Services

Lakeland Regional Hospital, Springfield, MO. (2007-2012)

Completed short term individual and family therapy for adolescents and children (ages 3-17) in an acute care inpatient psychiatric hospital

Worked with children and adolescents with a wide variety of diagnosable mental disorders including Major Depressive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Impulse Control Disorder, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and more

Area Director for Young Life (2000-2007)

Youth Pastor Foothills Community Church (2000-2007)

 

Contactjosephjames@CFItulsa.com