Therapist Detail

James Hollomon, M.S.

212 May Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-8178

CAMFT Clinical Member
License Number: MFC37788
Licenses: LMFT37788
Practicing Since: 1995

Professional 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.

Office Hours:I am available MONDAY - FRIDAY NOON anytime 10:00AM - 7:00PM. Call for free initial consult
Services:ADULT THERAPY -- solution-focused, client-centered, psychodynamic treatment for individual adults suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, distress, PTSD, trauma et al. COUPLES THERAPY -- enhancing relationship, reducing conflict, mediating trust/sex/money/parenting 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
Credit Cards Accepted:
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Insurance Plans:
  • Call Office for Insurance Accepted
  • Medi-Cal
  • Out-of-Network coverage
  • Private Pay
  • Sliding Scale
  • Superbill
  • Victims of Crime
  • Online
  • Phone
  • B.A., Government, Harvard College, 1969
  • J.D., Law, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, California State University, Chico, 1996
  • 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.
  • I supervise talented interns, who can
  • serve you if my schedule is full!
  • English
  • Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)
Areas of Emphasis:
  • Addictions
  • ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Adolescents
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Bi-Polar
  • Career Stress and Changes
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Children
  • CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Couples
  • Creative Solutions
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression/Clinical Depression
  • Divorce/Dissolution
  • Domestic Violence
  • EMDR
  • Families
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
  • Group Therapy
  • Interracial Couples
  • Issues of Abuse (Abused)
  • Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
  • Mediation
  • Men's Issues
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Pre-Marriage Counseling
  • Relationships
  • Religious/Spiritual Orientation
  • Self Esteem/Personal Growth
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Single Parents
  • Step/Blended Families
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Telephone/Online Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Victims of Crime
  • Women's Issues
  • Working With Therapists
Theoretical Orientation:      
  • Attachment
  • Cognitive
  • Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Communications
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic/Existential
  • Imago Therapy
  • Intersubjective
  • Object Relations
  • Other
  • e.g. NLP
  • EMDR
  • etc.
  • Psychodynamic
  • Satir
  • Self Psychology
  • Somatic
  • Systems
Last Updated: 06/29/2016

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