James Robbins is a Licensed Professional Counselor, published author and co-owner of Dallas Whole Life Counseling. In addition to hiring, mentoring and managing DWLC therapists, James offers counseling and coaching for a wide range of issues. Among his areas of specialty:
- Couples counseling
- Career coaching
- Anxiety, social anxiety and panic
- Meditation and mindfulness
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Small business and entrepreneur coaching
- Infidelity and trust issues
- Anger and communication issues
- Sexual issues
- Personal motivation and goal-setting
- Family issues
James’ therapy style is warm yet direct. He provides clarity and structure where needed, while allowing for a more open-ended exploration in other circumstances. His relaxed sense of humor and non-judgmental perspective create a safe, compassionate space for individuals and couples. When it comes to living your life, James believes, you are the only true expert. He encourages clients to get in touch with their own inner wisdom and discover untapped potential.
James mixes and matches a variety of clinical strategies, customizing his approach to the unique personality, life background and treatment goals of each client. Three of his primary treatment approaches are mindfulness, CBT and family systems/psychodynamic.
- Mindfulness is about increased awareness of self, others and environment. Various practices, including meditation, teach the client to carefully observe his or her thoughts, feelings and actions without judging or impulsively reacting. Mindfulness cultivates a calm “center” from which to enjoy the often unpredictable ups and downs of day-to-day life.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) encourages clients to set clear and realistic goals across all areas of life. Clients discover how certain long-held assumptions and core beliefs profoundly shape their perception of life events and situations. A structured, logical approach, CBT asks individuals to re-evaluate old patterns of thinking, feeling and doing, letting go those which no longer serve them.
- The Family Systems/Psychodynamic approach helps clients understand their current struggles within the larger context of their entire lives. It emphasizes the ways in which early experiences with parents and siblings shape our adult lives. It teaches boundary setting and self-sufficiency, while deepening personal relationships and clarifying career issues.
James holds two Master’s degrees: an M.A. in writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. in professional counseling from Amberton University. Prior to becoming a licensed therapist, James was a professional musician and music teacher. In 2003, James’ first non-fiction book, Build a Better Buddha, was published. James has lectured and offered workshops throughout Texas and along the West Coast, exploring various topics related to psychology and spirituality. James has been a featured expert in a variety of print, radio and television media.