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James Abrams

Licensed Addictions Counselor
Lic. Prof'l. Counselor Candidate

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James Cole Abrams, LAC, LPCC     720.432.5680

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addictions & problems with substances
anxiety
depression
feeling lost
grief
social justice
young adults


addictions

Addiction is a symptom of a deeper wound. You don't choose to be an addict because it seems like the right thing to do. Rather, you get drawn to addiction and stuck in it because, somehow, the pain and destruction of addiction is more bearable than the pain of your deepest wounds. When working with addiction, I use a combination of methods to help my clients make contact with their real wounds and do the work involved in healing them. The goal is to treat the disease, not the symptom--to find lasting change that is resistant to relapse and can become the bridge to a happier, values-oriented, more fulfilling life.

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anxiety

Sometimes it feels like there isn't even time to take a breath. Anxiety feels a lot like drowning and--just like drowning--the more you flail, the worse it gets. There are a lot of ways to feel better, from developing better habits and behaviors to the deep work of learning to feel the anxiety move through without buying into it and getting stuck there. But a big piece of the puzzle is realizing that you don't have to do those things alone--when you're drowning, it's good to have someone calmly pull you out of the water. And once you're back on solid ground, you can learn how to swim with more confidence.

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depression

At first, depression is a comfortable cocoon that happens when we need to nurse our wounds--but we can have trouble getting back out of it. What often starts as giving ourselves a break can easily turn into a complete numbness to the world and to our feelings. What can be difficult in this work is that it's really scary to feel numb, even though it's a perfectly regular thing to feel. When we face our numbness in a certain way, though, we can move through and past it. By gently searching within ourselves for goodness, value, and vitality, we can find them and nourish them, so that they can blossom again.

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feeling lost

We all go through moments where we have no idea what to do next, or even who we are. It can be disorienting and sudden--a sense that the ground has been pulled out from under us and what we thought we could rely on is gone or up-for-grabs. In moments like these it can be tempting to just curl up and throw in the towel, but with a little help we can see them for what they really are: opportunities to make our lives fresh and meaningful. When my clients tell me they're lost, I ask them: "Who gets to draw the map?" Your life is your own, and I can help you get organized and find your way.

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grief

Grief is what happens when the world wins. Someone or something we don't feel we can live without is taken from us. When this happens, it's only natural that you feel like you can't go on. But you can. Working with grief means coming to grips with just how low we can feel, and figuring out how to get back up. It may be hard to believe right now, but grief can be a deeply felt reminder of how sweet this world can be, and how strong we really are after we endure so much. We just need help in getting through.

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social justice

The world is changing fast--too fast for some, too slow for others. Keeping up with what's happening in the world can be bewildering, and there isn't much help out there. Finding the energy and time to try and better understand the people around you can seem impossible, but it isn't. Whether you need help to understand your kid's changing identity, to figure out how to live an honest life in a dishonest world, or if you just need to scream and be heard, I can help you.

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young adults

Growing up is just about the hardest thing any of us will ever have to do, but there's no way around it. You are going through a process you've never been through before, and you may feel misunderstood or unable to trust friends and family for guidance. My goal with young adults, above all, is to really get a solid sense of your confusion, frustration, and/or alienation, to help lead you to your own sense of clarity and your own path. Young folks have huge dreams, and with a little help and guidance these can be made a reality.

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