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Craig James, LCSW, MAC

Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Email: cjames@insightactiontherapy.com

Craig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Master Addictions Counselor. He has also completed his externship training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).

Craig’s academic and employment experience originated with him receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1995 from George Mason University. His professional training began with children and families of the Salvation Army’s University View Child Care Center in Fairfax County where he worked with school-aged children in the after school and summer programs. He simultaneously divided his time with the youth and families of those involved with the Fairfax County’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. Craig eventually took a full time position with the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center where he expanded his experiences and skills with at-risk populations. During his seven years with the court, Craig’s career and responsibilities varied as he worked with several of the court’s residential programs. One of his most note-worthy accomplishments was his co-authoring the manual for the Post Dispositional Unit, a dual diagnosis program that provided education and individual, group, and family therapy for those teens with mental health and substance abuse problems. Craig’s Fairfax County experience concluded in 2004 when he worked for the Juvenile Intake. In his capacity as Intake Officer/Counselor, Craig was responsible for interpreting and applying the Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia in custody and criminal matters specifically relating to juveniles.

Craig’s experiences also extended to the Loudoun County’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, where in 2002 he was one of the first school-based probation officers in which he provided direct supervision of youth under the jurisdiction of the Court while also enforcing court orders and conditions/rules of probation. Craig also worked as a home-based and outpatient counselor with a private company located in Northern Virginia for four years until 2006. The company’s mission was to provide comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. As an individual, family, and group counselor and Medicaid consultant, Craig also engaged in an array of duties to include collaboration with other professionals, case management and mentoring services.

Craig received his Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2006. He then co-developed and implemented the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program. In April 2006, he joined Finding Solutions Counseling Centers and served as the Director of Operations while providing therapy to the residents of Washington, DC Metro Area.

As the co-founder of Insight to Action Therapy, he continues to provide individual, family, couples, and group therapy. He has also been instrumental in the development of partnerships with other service professionals, community agencies, and educational institutions as well as providing community presentations and trainings.

Craig views the individual as an extension of the family, his/her friends, and community and believes these systems are a necessity for successful and healthy individual development. He also believes that cultural diversity and cultural intelligence are important factors that influence an effective, harmonious, and productive society.

Craig currently resides in Loudoun County, Virginia with his wife, son, and dog. He is always ready to talk sports and fashion.