James Walton, Therapist in Los Angeles, California — Zencare
James  Walton
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James Walton

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Psychologist, PhD
California Accepting Online
North Hollywood Waitlist In-person

I offer mediation services and development of comprehensive parenting plans

Updated December 27, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Divorce and separation

Professional statement

Dr. Walton’s methods focus on developing highly functional relationships through enhancing communication and interpersonal skills. His work focuses on enhancing the quality of life by treating you as a whole capable person with special needs. Early intervention can prevent problems from developing into more serious, long-term situations. Together you will explore the internal patterns and external behaviors that affect your life while developing communication skills and personal insights that will improve your personal and professional relationships. Being heard and understood clearly leads to greater connection and intimacy with others while removing the blocks to get what you want out of life.

As a Licensed Family Therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, he has borrowed from both fields to achieve an effective and dynamic program for helping people improve their communication, resolve problems, and realize greater personal growth in their lives.

Experience has shown that when people are given insight into their challenges and are then given the tools to deal with them, it has a synergistic effect that can assist them in achieving their goals more quickly and effectively.

His clients are given tools they can use in their daily lives to experience greater clarity, direction and satisfaction.

He believes that it’s the role of the therapist to be actively involved in the therapy room. He listens and reflects, but he also contributes insightful feedback, informative handouts, personality testing, homework, and behavior techniques to try at home along with direct responses to any questions you have. He is fully present with you in the therapy room.

He treats you as a whole and capable person with individual needs. He places importance on people above theories. Having a strong, trusting and supportive relationship in the therapy room means that you are both real people working together to help you find the answers that you’re seeking. Together, you’ll explore the creative use of your drives, enhance intimacy, explore your dreams and remove the blocks to get what you want out of life.

Message to clients

This is a great first step into getting what you want out of life.  It is so important to feel you have found someone with whom you can speak openly and freely. During our free initial consultation, I’ll answer any questions you have about therapy and explore what methods might be appropriate for you given your situation. The most important part of therapy is recognizing that you are on the right track to making progress towards your goals.

We’ll go over your goals and desires and how to evaluate reaching them. In the process, you’ll experience my style as a therapist and my commitment to helping you reach your personal therapy goals.

Difficulties do not have to hold us back. I work with my clients to transform their setbacks into constructive, empowering, life enhancing experiences. I provide therapy for creating permanent change in the way a person handles challenges and help them to find solutions for reaching their goals.


Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets

Grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Divorce and separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • State Fund of California

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Discernment Counseling: $450 (110min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


North Hollywood practice
6306 Babcock Avenue, Los Angeles, California 91606
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-7:30pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-7:30pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:30pm
  • Wed 9:00am-7:30pm
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 32 years

Private Practice, 1994 - Present
Peace Talks Mediation Services, 2014 - Present
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA), Faculty Trainer, Education Administrator, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
Family Divorce Solutions, Collaborative Divorce Mediator, 2011 - Present
Dr. Walton's Self-Help Series, Author/Producer, 2001 - Present
Men's Anger Management Group Facilitator, 2014 - 2018
4-day Annual Basic Training at Loyola Law School, 2015
"Shrink Rap," KCSN 88.5 FM, Radio Host/Producer, 2005 - 2008
National Institutes of Health's AIDS Research Alliance, Institutional Review Board Member, 1998 - 2000
Psychological Services of Beverly Hills, 1991 - 1994

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1999
Family Therapy California Family Study Center, MA, 1991
Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA, 1984
Dickinson College, BA, 1982


California: MFT32040



Client testimonials

"So kind. Knowledgeable and personable."
- Zencare client • May 2022