James West, MS, LPC, CSAT-Candidate, LCDC (He/Him/His)
You may be in recovery from sexual trauma or addiction, or struggling to support your partner in their recovery. Not only can I help you heal, but also help you grow more connected to yourself and your partner. My specialties are in trauma, addiction recovery, and EMDR.
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I help clients with the following issues:
- Trauma recovery
- Recovering from sexual assault
- Recovering from addiction
- Partners of sexual assault survivors
- Fear of intimacy
- Pain during sex
- Feeling out of control or hopeless regarding your sex life
- Self-acceptance related to gender and/or sexual identity
Having survived a difficult sexual experience can confuse and disrupt your sex life, your relationships with friends, family and partners, and even your career and other life choices. Whether or not you have come forward with your story, I can help you navigate the journey of reclaiming your power. Recovering from trauma is a grieving and healing process that we can work through together.
Having worked in a residential treatment facility, I believe that addiction is a normal response to having survived difficult life experiences. In our attempt to deal with discomfort, we numb ourselves by bingeing and restricting pleasurable activities such as sex, drugs, or alcohol. I can help you change your relationship with discomfort, develop healthy coping habits, and reclaim your sense of control.
I am also passionate about helping partners of trauma survivors navigate both how they can be supportive as well as care for themselves. As the partner of a trauma survivor myself, I understand that you may be feeling hopeless, lost and alone, especially when your own triggers come up in the context of your relationship. While supporting your partner can be difficult, it is entirely worth it to develop a long-lasting deep relationship — not only can your support help heal your partner, but your partner’s journey can also heal you in unexpected ways.
I believe sexual identity is on a spectrum and that gender is nonbinary. I identify as an ally of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, many of whom have experienced marginalization or discrimination. It is important to me that you know you will not have to work for my acceptance of your sexual or gender identity. I provide a safe space for you to explore identity self-acceptance and intimacy issues alike.
MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNT
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist–Candidate
EMDR Basic Training