James Bottoms, MA, is a Clinical Associate at Center for Healthy Sex. Previously he was the Program Coordinator for an LGBT-affirmative drug and alcohol treatment center. James has in-depth experience treating drug and alcohol addiction, intimacy disorders, boundaries, negative body image, sexual compulsivity, porn addiction and childhood sexual trauma. James developed a program to help LGBT clients with heterosexual parents repair relationships ruptured by addiction while concurrently processing their unresolved issues around coming out within the family system. He has also worked with dually-diagnosed young adults and adolescents with self-harming behaviors, internet/gaming addiction, and disordered eating. He has worked extensively within the modalities of existential psychology, depth psychology and mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and attachment theory.
James earned a masters in clinical psychology from Antioch University and a bachelors from Florida International University – graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also earned a culinary degree in Paris. He has used his many years spent living in diverse cultures across Europe and the Middle East to help him connect with clients within a culturally-informed framework. James is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavior Sciences and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #91025. Supervised by Alexandra Katehakis, MFT MFC #36902.