Jewel James, Ph.D.

“I approach therapy with the belief that there’s always opportunity for growth. My intent is to work with clients from a strengths based perspective, helping them to accept themselves as they are, while making room to become the best version of themselves.”

Professional Biography

Specialize in Anxiety, Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, and Life Transitions

  • Psychologist, Limited Permit
  • Ph.D. Fordham University
  • M.A. New York University
  • B.A. Barnard College
  • Dr. James is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate degree from Fordham University’s School of Education Counseling Psychology program.  Her clinical skills were sharpened through working at various City University of New York college counseling centers and at the inpatient psychiatric unit at Jamaica Hospital in Queens.  She also has experience providing academic, career, and personal counseling to students in the SEEK educational opportunity program at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College.

    Orientation/clinical interests/specialties

    Dr. James uses a holistic lens, considering a range of therapeutic options for working with clients.  Whenever possible, she prefers to engage clients from a psychodynamic and/or humanistic perspective.  Her strength as a therapist is in creating an open and non-judgmental space for clients to relate to her, allowing them to find their voice in the therapy room and in life.

    Personal Interests

    Jewel loves to travel, read fiction novels, and cook.  On a leisurely day, you might find her watching Columbo or A Different World if she’s not enjoying the sweet sounds of soca music or Maroon 5.

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    Book an appointment with our experienced and compassionate therapist today. Finding the right therapist and approach takes time, we understand if you have to try several therapists before committing to a long-term therapy

    What to expect on a first session

    • Confidentiality Discussion: The therapist will explain the principles of confidentiality, ensuring you understand the limits and exceptions to privacy in therapy.
    • Background Information: Expect to share some background information, including your reasons for seeking therapy, relevant personal history, and any immediate concerns or challenges.
    • Therapist’s Approach: The therapist will discuss their therapeutic approach and methods, providing you with an understanding of how they work and what to expect from the process.
    • Goal Setting: Together with the therapist, you will explore and set realistic goals for therapy, outlining what you hope to achieve or work on during your sessions.
    • Discussion of Expectations: There will be an opportunity for you to discuss your expectations for therapy, including frequency of sessions, preferred communication styles, and any concerns you may have.
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