Richard E JamesPsychologist

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In Eastern Time

If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

The Vedas from India and all of the other accompanying works of religion, mythology and philosophy that deal with humanities search for truth, self actualization and/or how we fit within the physical realm. Understanding of these core concepts about creation affects how we think, how we behave and how we live our lives. Without its proper understanding we all potentially suffer under the weight of any number of mental health issues resulting from our misunderstanding. Thus, I believe that when we change our perceptions of the world we began to shape and change the world itself.

In what ways do your life philosophy and treatment philosophy overlap?

As a practitioner with education in two separate fields (psychology/philosophy), in my personal life I have searched for the meaning of life through the worlds most ancient literatures, traveled extensively in Asia and to over 30 other countries, studied world religions, mythology and the works of many of the greatest philosophers. I have attempted to integrate that knowledge into the lives of the clients I serve so that they are better able to understand the meaning of their own lives, their world and their individual place within it.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

As a psychodynamic therapist, I believe that the symptoms a person manifests are the byproduct of situational stressors and core internal dynamics that impact our perceptions of the things taking place around us. Thus, in the therapy we will try to focus on the internal issues that influence these perceptions so that any presenting problem is realized as a reaction to internal processes as opposed to external events.


Family issues

Gender identity & transgender health

Identity development

Personality disorders

Psychotic Disorders

General Expertise



Borderline Personality Disorder


Aging related concerns

Anger management

Antisocial personality

Autism spectrum disorder



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Group Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Group Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Adlerian Therapy

Existential Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Jungian Therapy

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Training / Certifications

Ph. D in Philosophy


MI, Psychologist, 6301012343


Masters Degree in Religions-Theology, Liberty Theological Seminary

Masters In Counseling Psychology, Liberty University

Doctorate in Psychology, Argosy University

Doctorate in Philosophy, Liberty University

Work History

Hi, I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from Michigan who works from a psychodynamic approach that blends Psychology with Philosophy in the therapeutic process. Educationally, I posses I BS degree with a major in psychology and religion, a Masters in Religions, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, a Doctorate in Psychology and a Doctorate In Philosophy. My work experience has been diverse in that I have worked in clinics, state hospitals, state prisons, geriatric facilities and my own private practice for over 25 years. I believe that the issues people experience are often deeper than situational depression, anxiety or any number of surface symptoms but rather are seated in the character makeup of us as individuals. Thus, to truly solve issues therapy needs to focus on the understand and treatment those dynamics. External Things are not the problem. It's your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now- Marcus Aurelius


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