Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA

James Swaniger, MA, LMFT

James Swaniger, MA, LMFT photo
Psychotherapy & Counseling Services
Adult Individuals & Couples
A former mechanical engineer for 20 yrs, I changed carreers to psychotherapy in 1996 and have been in private clinical practice since 2000.
I am experienced in adult individual and couple psychotherapy, with an emphasis on problem solution and healing emotional pain.
My primary treatment modality is psychodynamic psychotherapy. This approach teaches people the source of their emotional pain; helps people understand why it keeps happening over and over again, and teaches people how to stop it. I also incorportate Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy methods in my work and other modalities that I determine are appropriate.
In therapy, I speak to men in ways that they understand, and teach them how to listen so women feel heard and respected, and at the same time how to get their needs met.
Women learn how to get emotional needs met and how to talk to a man so that they will pay attention and cooperate.
Premarital counseling helps couples resolve unfinished emotional matters in the relationship, identify potential future conflicts and teaches ways to cope with conflict so that there is minimal emotional pain.
I am a published author of 'Building Better Realtionships - A Guidebook for Men"
Jim Swaniger, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA License MFC 36314
5031 Birch Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660

2000-Present Better Relationships, Newport Beach, CA.
Sole Proprietor
Private psychotherapy practice; treating adult individuals and couples

2002-Present Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise, Irvine CA
Personal Counselor/Coordinator of Personal Counselors
Coordinate Counseling Depts. At Irvine, San Diego, Los Angles and San Francisco campuses

1999-2002 College Hospital, Costa Mesa, CA
Therapist Intern/Staff Therapist/Case Manager
Case manager/group therapist; acute psychiatric population

1999-2000 Aspen Day Treatment, Orange, CA
Therapist intern
Individual/group therapist; severely emotionally disturbed children

1998-2000 Barbara Dawson Education Center, La Mirada, CA
Therapist Intern
Individual/group therapist; severely emotionally disturbed children

1997-1998 Psychiatric Management Resources, Irvine CA
Therapist Intern
Out-patient group therapist; acute psychiatric population

1995-2000 Center for Hope and Healing, Irvine, CA
Therapist Intern
Adult, child, family, couples psychotherapy services

1994-1996 Pepperdine University, Irvine CA
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Emphasis: Marriage and Family (Psi Chi)

1972-1977 University of New Haven, New Haven CT
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Pi Tau Sigma)

Books: Author, ‘Building Better Relationships – A Guidebook for Me

Publications: Articles in The Therapist, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Sept/Oct 2004: The Origins of Betrayal
May/Jun 2000: Personal Reflections on the Oral Exam Process
March/Apr 1999: Selecting an Internship Site
July/Aug 1998: Developing Authentic Therapists
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Bicultural Difficulties  Men's Issues
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Couples Therapy  Premarital Counseling
 Depression  Relationship Issues
 Divorce  Self Esteem Issues
 Eating Disorders  Sexual Dysfunction
 Family Conflict  Stress Management
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Hypnotherapy  Work and Career Issues
 Learning Disabilities
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  Psychotherapy (MA)
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
University of New Haven, New Haven CT 1977

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
Pepperdine University 1996
Clinical Member: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Fellow: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Payments Accepted
Cash or check only
Hours:M - F 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 - 1:00 pm
License:MFC 36314
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5031 Birch Street
Suite B
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