James Gallanos

James Gallanos (he, him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I am a fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) offering telemental health counseling to adults in Oregon.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

907 209-2014

7011 NE 11th Ave

Portland , 97211

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $85-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2020

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Telemental health or telehealth counseling services are the only types of services I currently offer for Oregon residents. I generally serve clients with common mental health conditions or problems associated with anxiety, depression and also specialize in suicidality and self-harm behaviors. I conduct all sessions virtually via a video connect web-based platform that is both confidential and compliant with federal/national policies protecting patient/client health information.

My Background

I have been practicing social work in Alaska and Colorado for over 17 years delivering prevention and early intervention and counseling services with children, adults, veterans and their families. I run Arcturus counseling as a part-time practice and select a small group of clients to dedicate my time whole heartedly to helping others reach their treatment and wellness goals. I also have a passion for the outdoors and have experience in running wilderness and adventure based therapy programs.

My Values as a Therapist

Arcturus is one of the brightest star you can see in our northern hemisphere. It has been used for centuries to guide seafarers across endless oceans to reach safe harbor. I often use metaphors in my practice to illuminate fresh insights into the psychological and emotional challenges that often-become barriers to our well-being, to be fully present with ourselves and others around us, and to live meaningful lives with intention and purpose. Finding our way through the myriad of life’s challenges requires a deepening of our ability to be self-reflective, willingness to trust ourselves to be fully present, accepting things as they are while allowing us to chart a new course for personal growth.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Depression External link

    Depression makes people feel little interest or pleasure in doing things that they used to enjoy. It is described as feeling down, depressed, or hopeless for more days than not, and these feelings last continuously for weeks. People who have depression may also notice changes in their sleep, appetite, or ability to focus on things. My practice helps clients effectively manage depressive symptoms through the use of ACT based skills, mindfulness exercises and values based actions.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety makes people feel nervous, frightened, worried, or on edge. It can cause panic attacks, and often leads people to avoid situations. Some people describe unwanted urges, or images that repeatedly enter their mind, and they may feel driven to perform certain behaviors or mental acts over and over to avoid feared outcomes. My practice will help clients with guided strategies that will allow clients to say "yes" to committed action free of anxiety.

  • Suicidal Ideation External link

    It is not uncommon that people who experience unrelenting depression, anxiety, or trauma will, at some point, wish to die. Leading theories of suicide argue that pain, hopelessness, non-belonging, and feelings that one is a burden are the drivers of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Past suicide attempts and hospitalizations also can contribute to these drivers. I engage clients in addressing the drivers of suicidality through trauma informed strategies to include CBT, DBT and ACT therapies.

  • Veterans/Military Service External link

    I currently work for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs as a Social Worker and Suicide Prevention Coordinator working with Veterans and their families. I have strong subject matter expertise in treating suicide and self harming behaviors, PTSD, substance use, interpersonal relationship problems and adjustment to major life transitions and circumstances our veterans experience. Although I am not a Veteran, I work hard to be culturally responsive to best serve all those who served.

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