James M. Classon is a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC), a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), as well as a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (RSS).
Masters of Science: Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitative Counseling
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. CHI SIGMA IOTA - Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society Membership
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.
Drug & Alcohol Recovery Counselor (D.A.R.C.) Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT. Summa Cum Laude. Presidential Medallion Recipient. PHI THETA KAPPA – International Honor Society
James has nearly 10 years experience working with individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues. He possesses specialties working with individuals in recovery from opioid, alcohol and sedative disorders. He also has significant experience with medication assisted treatment (MAT) and its best practices including being a Senior Supervising Counselor at one of the largest medication assisted treatment organizations in Connecticut.
James has provided Clinical Supervision to masters level counselors in preparation for the CAC/LADC and LPC examinations. He has also served in the role of Health and Safety Officer for over 6 years, adhering to strict quality standards and adherence for inspections and reviews by accrediting bodies such as CARF, DPH, DMHAS and the DEA.
“I believe that deciding to attend therapy is a courageous act that can result in life altering outcomes. Therapy is a process where we will work together to find and achieve positive change. I have extensive training and experience in a wide range of issues including substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, sexuality and trauma, as well as others. I specialize in treating adults and couples while working in a collaborative manner with clients and families.”
“As your therapist, I strive to create a safe, secure, trusting environment providing each individual or couple an opportunity for growth. Collaboratively, I help my clients to identify and navigate through life’s challenges in order to achieve their social, emotional, behavioral and therapeutic goals.”
James counseling approach is an eclectic blend of empirically based therapeutic modalities to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). He employs a strengths based perspective when meeting with his clients individually or in a group. Most importantly, He possesses the ability to meet clients “where they are” while working to identify healthy positive life choices. In addition, he has received specialized training in EMDR, therefore qualified to help you try to undo years of negative programming, possibly improving your relationships and your overall sense of well-being.
James has extended professional experiences working with individuals in public safety such as Police Officers, Fireman, and personal emergency responders and hopes to be an asset for those individuals seeking therapy for the first time by offering confidential support.