Shawn  James

Shawn James

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Rochester Accepting In-person
Updated June 24, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Shawn James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Rochester, NY. Shawn is passionate about helping individuals who suffer to manage their anxiety, anger, or feelings of disconnection from others. Many of Shawn’s clients turn to substances to self-medicate their depression, which creates damage in their relationships, physical health, and emotional wellbeing. Shawn supports these clients to reconnect with their inner selves and process through the difficult feelings that arise. She is particularly passionate about working with the Black or African American, Indigenous, and other minority groups.

Shawn’s approach to therapy incorporates elements of many evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and others. She teaches clients about mental health and encourages them to reflect on their feelings, backgrounds, needs, and desires. Her style is approachable, down-to-earth, and humorous, as she loves to make therapy sessions a comfortable, compassionate space.

Shawn earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College. She takes a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy and values holistic balance across all areas of one’s life, including physical and spiritual health.

Message to clients

I believe you are the expert of your own life, not me! I have a skill set that allows me to guide and support you along your healing journey. I aim to normalize the things that you may find shameful, awkward, wierd or even dark about yourself. I enjoy sharing space with people and carrying the weight of "the hard things" in partnership with you. I provide a safe, comfortable, relaxing space that is full of healthy challenges for your growth and developement. In this space you will achieve new insights and new levels of personal growth and development.


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

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Medicare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $140 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $140
  • Initial session: $140 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (90min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • IvyPay
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


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-11am, 12pm-4pm
  • Tue 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
  • Wed 8am-11am, 12pm-4pm
  • Thu 8am-11am, 12pm-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8am-2pm
  • Sun Closed

Rochester practice
1100 University Avenue, Suite 209, Rochester, New York 14607
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-12, 1pm-4pm
  • Tue 8am-12p, 1pm-4pm
  • Wed 8am-12, 1pm-4pm
  • Thu 8am-12, 1pm-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8am-2pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Shawn James, LCSW, P.C., Therapist, 2020 - Present

Roberts Wesleyan College, Master of Social Work, 2015


New York: 102782

New York: 092899



Therapy Groups

Shawn  James
Sisterhood Empowered: Nurturing Wellness for Black Women

This virtual group focuses on nurturing mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being through supportive discussions and therapeutic exercises, fostering a sense of sisterhood and empowerment.