Therapist Profile

James Hollomon, M.S.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
212 May Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4108
(831) 454-8178
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Without mincing words, I'm a very good therapist and I love my job. With 18 years' experience at 3 clinics and now in private practice, I've worked with about 3,500 clients of all ages with alll kinds of mental conditions. Trained at Harvard, Penn and CA State Chico, I've learned from some of the best. To find out what you think of me, Call me anytime at (831) 454-8178 for a free phone consult, or e-mail me at Call me even if you're in crisis right now - whatever your level of need. You can also check my website at I have remarkable ability to see through a person's upset to your wonderful spirit and strengths. I'm a great detective at identifying the core issues. From personal experience, I'm familiar with hard childhoods and "dysfunctional" families. I'm romantic at heart, so I want to see everybody work through difficult periods and come out shining on the other side. I'm specially trained in EMDR, a marvelous approach to relieve the effects of trauma - anxiety, depression, bad memories & anger. I'm committed to being truly 'present' with you during every session - by being deeply aware and caring. My job is to help you rediscover your true goodness, and to fine new ways to renew your bond, if you're a couple, or parent & teenager -- to find joy again! Professional Experience: I moved down here to Santa Cruz after retiring from a counseling agency up north - Butte County Behavioral Health. Over 17 years at clinics up north in Chico, Paradise and Oroville, I treated more than a thousand families, or about 3,500 adults and children. I've supervised and trained interns and counselors and worked with psychiatrists, MDs, RNs, teachers, school principals, probation officers, attorneys. Useful for couples in mediation, I've also earned a law degree, from the University of Pennsylvania. So I'm kind-of an elder in my field. I'm familiar with all kinds of mental conditions and all the leading therapy techniques. My Personality: Clients and friends say they like my warmth, empathy, kindness and honesty. Many have found me remarkably insightful – cutting through confusion to see the good person they are underneath. I think that's my job – to work hard to understand you and celebrate how wonderful you really are. Professional Skills: Technically, I use a friendly solution-focused, client-centered, strength-based, science-informed style, drawing upon neuroscience (Siegel), family systems (Satir), internal family systems (Schwartz), couple/partner patterns and the 'Imago' model (Johnson, Chapman, Gottman, Hendricks), mindfulness (Kabat-Zinn, Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh), cognitive (Beck) rational-emotive (Ellis) and cognitive-behavioral (Michenbaum) methods. I also draw upon my clients' spiritual resources for support, being myself a Buddhist-Christian.

About My Practice

Office Hours
I am available MONDAY - FRIDAY NOON anytime 10:00AM - 7:00PM. Call for free initial consult
ADULT THERAPY -- solution-focused, client-centered, psychodynamic treatment for individual adults suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, distress, PTSD, trauma et al. COUPLES THERAPY -- Helping you tolerate the differences between you and your partner, enhancing the relationship, reducing conflict, mediating trust/sex/housework/money/parenting/cheating and other issues. FAMILY THERAPY --usually re: parent-teen conflict and adolescent depression, low grades, drugs, rebellion, school pbms. In all the above, I help you rediscover your value, strengths, talents, hope, esteem, humor, motivation, confidence, love of self and joy in life. Specifically, I treat (often in coordination with a family MD or psychiatrist) DEPRESSION - sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, suicidal ideas, poor sleep, lack of energy and lack of motivation; BIPOLAR (manic-depressive) disorder; DRUG/ALCOHOL ABUSE & ADDICTION; ANGER --excessive and loud arguing/yelling, throwing things, hitting people; ANXIETY - excessive worrying, panic attacks, phobias; OBSESSIIVE-COMPULSIVE -- over-involved in one or more activities; feeling you must act in a certain way despite your will; ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (with and without hyperactivity) (ADHD) -- impulsive actions, hyperactivity, interrupting, poor focus/attention; FAMILY DISORDER - conflicts among members, parenting pbms, issues with relatives; childhood Issues/attitudes, negligent or abusive parenting and related ATTACHMENT ISSUES - feeling separated from others, lonely, sad, invisible, humiliated, abandoned, "lost child", I can't meet your standards, perfectionism, excessive self-blaming, over-responsible, never give yourself a break; ADOLESCENT & YOUNG ADULT THERAPY -- sexual/physical/verbal abuse and molest, low grades, school suspensions, video addiction, promiscuity, "sexting," ADHD, angry arguing, isolating, running away, crime; GRIEF - loss of anyone close to you to death or moving away or becoming ill; STONE-WALLING -ignoring you and refusing to respond to you; HARSH CRITICISM -- verbal abuse, mean words of contempt - you feel he or she despises you; HOPELESSNESS & SELF-CRITICISM -- loss of confidence in your life and future; CONFUSION -- you can't make sense of your relationship(s)and your life; DEFENSIVENESS - never admits anything or takes responsibility, acts like a victim, evades; CAREER GUIDANCE -- loss of direction, unemployment; just starting out; JOB CRISIS -- mistreatment by your boss, workmates, lay-off, firing; HYPERSOMNIA -- you seem to sleep too much yet still lack energy; INSOMNIA -- can't get to sleep, wake too early or often during the night, tired; POST-TRAUMAIC STRESS (PTSD) -- nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, feeling of separation from loved ones; Irritibility, don't like to think about traumatic events
Beacon Health Options, Call Office for Insurance Accepted, Medi-Cal, Out-of-Network coverage, Private Pay, Superbill provided, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone


B.A., Government, Harvard College, 1969 J.D., Law, University of Pennsylvania, 1972 M.S., Counseling Psychology, California State University, Chico, 1996

Area of Specialty

ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Anger Management
Attachment Therapy
Career Stress and Changes
Childhood Trauma
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Creative Solutions
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Domestic Violence
Employment Issues
Group Therapy
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Learning Disabilities
Men's Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rape Victims
Religious/Spiritual Orientation
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Telephone/Online Therapy
Victims of Crime
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Family Systems
Imago Therapy
Object Relations
Other, e.g. NLP, EMDR, etc.
Self Psychology
Transpersonal Psychology
EMDR: Specialized training to relieve clients' PTSD (trauma) symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, quick anger and/or feelings of estrangement from others. PLEASE SEE MY WEBSITE - I supervise talented interns, who can serve you if my schedule is full!
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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