He/Him/HisLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, MA Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
James Verdery is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor located in Acton, MA. James works with children, adolescents, and teenagers who struggle to manage their emotions. His clients find themselves overwhelmed by feelings of anger, frustration, confusion, sadness, or loneliness. Despite their parents’ best intentions to help them, they feel like they aren’t in control of their lives, which makes them even more upset. They might suffer from low self-esteem, which causes anxiety at school or in peer groups and often leads to isolation. James helps these clients to grow their understanding of their emotions and learn techniques to manage their distress.
James’ approach to working with adolescent and teenage clients draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Clients learn tangible skills in emotional regulation. They practice challenging assumptions, ignoring self-judgments, distraction and grounding exercises, and more. With younger clients, James uses play therapy to give them ways to express themselves. He encourages all clients to recognize what makes them unique and how resilient they already are, leading to a boost in confidence as they go through their daily lives, including school. James tailors his treatment style to each client’s individual needs, personalities, and preferences for engaging, effective sessions.
James earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He is passionate about starting conversations about mental health at an early age. He strives to give clients the skills they need for a lifetime of healthy habits, including strong coping skills that allow individuals to feel meaning and joy in their lives.
ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation
Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
James Verdery is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 9 years
Family Counseling Associate, Psychotherapist , 2020 - 2022
Arbour Counseling Services, IHT Clinician, 2015 - 2020
Saint Michael's College, Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 2015