About James Hart

James Hart CAC III:  Hello my name is James Hart.  I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Addiction Counselor III.  I have over 25 years of direct care counseling experience serving individuals with a wide variety of mental health and addiction challenges.   I have worked in community mental health organizations, residential treatment facilities, homeless outreach programs, detox programs, aging and disability organizations, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, and in private practice since 2007.

Stillwater Healing Arts:  In 2011 I moved to Lyons Colorado from Portland, Oregon.  My wife, Sara Hart ND, and I opened Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic and Apothecary.  I work to support people through difficult transitions including losses and grief, relationship challenges, and healing from trauma.   I am confident being present with people struggling with severe mental states including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia.  My understanding and compassion allows for deep exploration of addictive and habitual behaviors to unlock under used internal strengths.

Harmony Foundation:  In 2017 I began working at Harmony Foundation in Estes Park, CO.  This is a residential substance use disorder treatment provider.   My work there was offering wilderness, mindfulness, and small group approaches to support individuals on a healing journey from active addiction to being part of a thriving recovery community.  I co-founded HOPE (Harmony Opioid Program Experience). I am knowledgeable about the specific challenges related to opioid addiction and can assist people navigating Medication Assisted Therapy.

Education:  Certified Addiction Counselor III Licence #ACC.0020903. Areas of study include specific training courses in: Addiction Counseling Skills, Professional Ethics, Culturally Informed Treatment, Pharmacology, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Counseling Skills, Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning, Co-occurring Disorders, Trauma Informed Care for Diverse Populations, and Clinical Supervision. I have completed and passed the NAADAC Exam–NCAC II. I have well over 5000 supervised hours in the field.  In addition I am a Registered Psychotherapist #NLC.0013918.  I have a BA in Psychology and Performing Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  I have studied Professional Actor Training at DePaul University. Areas of continued study include: the work of Dan Siegel and Interpersonal Neurobiology, the work of Brene Brown on shame and guilt, Seeking Safety approaches to resousing people coping with trauma reactions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the 12 steps, and Compassionate Communication or Nonviolent Communication.

Some of my other passions.  I am an actor and a company member of Sojourn Theatre. Check out these links for some of my previous work: The Penelope Project  and On the Table.  I also carried a spear with the best of them at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and did some fine work for 10 seasons at Harlequin Productions. I love living in Lyons, Colorado with my wife Sara and three daughters Eliana, Imogen, and Alice.  I enjoy working with and riding horses, bicycling, hiking, yoga, and snowboarding.

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