James Evans-Hammond (he/him/his), LCSW, is an outpatient psychotherapist at Cardinal Counseling. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling from University of Central Arkansas. James is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Arkansas (9133-C). He has a background in behavioral health as well as working with individuals who are experiencing homelessness as a case manager and a counselor. This experience has made him incredibly resourceful as an advocate for anyone facing difficult life situations.
James believes that everyone wants the “good life”, and that occasionally we become faced with challenges that require us to seek out someone who is experienced in life who can listen without judgment while offering empathic and compassionate support.
As a gay man growing up in the South, James understands that a lot of life’s struggles are not just from external influences, but we also have to deal with our internal life struggles to get to the good life. That is why he prefers to not just utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, but he also likes to introduce mindfulness techniques into his sessions.
James’ previous career was as a salon owner and stylist, so he developed excellent listening skills and was providing counsel long before becoming a Social Worker. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys working in the yard, listening to music, and spending time with his partner and their dog, Violet.
“Hello! I work with all adults who are seeking change or just a lighter stress load to be able to achieve their version of the “good life.” I provide accepting and affirming counsel to my clients. I believe that all of us have the ability to make our lives better, but sometimes we need to be able to talk with someone who will listen and encourage without judgment. I have a diverse background and I have worked with people from all walks-of-life. We are all on our own unique journey and that we have our own unique needs when it comes to receiving therapy. You, as my client, will receive your own individual plan to achieve your desired outcomes.”