I’m Rita and I’m glad you’re here! As a therapist, I love and specialize in working with clients to uncover their motivations, passions, and internal voices, and to have better relationships with themselves and others. I specialize in working with PTSD, Developmental Trauma, and Attachment. Trauma, at any stage in life, can create global effects on the mind and body, and I work hard, alongside my clients, to remove trauma blocks from their path, in order to clear the way towards the life that they have dreamed for themselves.
I am a licensed clinical social worker. I am also a wife and mother of 3 children. Prior to transitioning to social work, in 2014, I worked as special education teacher, a police officer, a licensed beautician, and a film production worker. I pull from all these professional and personal experiences to support my clients while using established evidence based treatments. Depending on the needs of my client, I may utilize techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Mindfulness, Somatic Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, Harm Reduction, and Depth Psychology to meet my client where they are at on their journey to healing.
I assist my clients as they step out of old patterns of self-sabotage, negative self-talk, and relational difficulties, and into the lives and relationships they envisioned for themselves. I guide my clients towards a life of healthy boundaries and radical self-care. I help clients through existential crises, and questions of meaning and spirituality. I encourage my clients to adopt a life affirming worldview, that acknowledges suffering, tolerates uncertainty, and cultivates gratitude and resilience. I show my clients the healing power in forming intimate and enduring bonds with others. I encourage my clients to fully embrace themselves, warts and all, and then share their beautiful and imperfect selves with the world, as they seek authentic connection.
RoseRita "Rita" James, LCSW, MSW, MA