What does it really mean to be holistic and integrative?

It means…  you are a universe of different thoughts, quirks, capabilities, physical attributes, emotions, neurological functions, shortcomings, and strengths.

It means problems aren’t created — or solved — in a vacuum. 

In order to truly heal, we have to address the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and emotions. We have to consider the Universe.

I have over 30 years of experience in the counseling field. I’ve seen — in my own life and relationships as well as those of my clients — the undeniable connection between mental health, physical health and spiritual health. 

The therapeutic process will encourage you to connect with all three of those areas (sometimes for the first time). The good news is that you have innate capacity to heal and grow, even if it doesn’t feel like that right now. 

It’s not always fun, or easy. But it’s real, and it’s the truth. And when you discover what’s true, you start to heal.



I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) — but that doesn’t mean I only work with couples; about 60% of my clients are here for individual counseling.

The Marriage and Family license involves additional, specialized training to help couples work through all that couple stuff. (It also allows me to bill insurance for both individual and family therapy.)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Pastoral Counselor
Ordained Minister
Personal Coach
  • Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors since 1991
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, North Carolina #1614
  • Ordained Minister in United Church of Christ since 1974
  • Professional Coach, Coach University Graduate
  • Clinical Member, U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy
  • Integrated Energy Therapy
  • Level III
  • Reiki Level II


Partnership for Pastoral Counseling of WNC


  • Blanton Peale Graduate Institute | New York City |
  • Certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy | 1990
  • Union Theological Seminary | New York City, Master of Divinity | 1974
  • Swarthmore College | Bachelor of Arts | 1971
  • Coach University | 2000

    Jim is a very compassionate and effective counselor. I know of many people and couples that he has helped. We have shared several clients so I know first hand the results he is able to facilitate and achieve for people. I can wholeheartedly recommend Jim’s services. 

    Dr. JoJo Yonce


    Jim’s holistic heart-felt demeanor and experience shine through! I would refer him to anyone looking to deepen their relationships and understand themselves better.

    J. Anya Harris, DC


    Jim’s ability to connect and see you through difficult times is remarkable. Not only is he kind and patient, he also has decades of experience working with a diverse range of clients, making him a fantastic therapist. 

    A. Mason


The therapeutic relationship is founded on trust and acceptance. It can be scary to place your trust in a therapist, especially if it’s your first time.

I am happy to answer any questions you have and talk with you before scheduling a session to make sure it’s the right fit for both of us.

Please reach out to me using any of the channels below (email is best), and we’ll talk.



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