About Dr. James R. Dillon

Dr. James Dillon

I have over twenty-five years of experience in the mental health field and have been licensed as a clinical psychologist since 2004. I earned my doctorate at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where I studied the psychological impact of violence and discrimination aimed at LGBTQ individuals. I completed my internship and postdoctoral training at VA medical centers in Loma Linda, CA, and Seattle, WA. I have worked with adults in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including community mental health centers, correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, university counseling centers, and military installations. Currently, I work in a residential PTSD Program for veterans.

I have focused my professional career on helping those who have undergone hardship, be it oppression related to gender and/or perceived sexual orientation, or some form of interpersonal violence or victimization. Given the nature of my interests and life experience, I strive to be culturally sensitive in my work. We do not live in vacuum, so I believe it is important to recognize how the environment in which we live affects how we view ourselves and interact with others.

I would define my therapeutic style as integrative, meaning I utilize aspects of different therapeutic approaches to fit best the needs of the client. I integrate cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and insight-oriented perspectives in my work. I have worked with women and men who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationships difficulties, and have interests in the areas of sexual orientation, gender, including men and masculinity, trauma and PTSD, and moral injury. I have received training in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Currently, I am in training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

I recognize that the decision to meet with a therapist can be difficult, and I strive to provide a safe and comfortable space for you to address challenging aspects of your life. I think of therapy as working like a team; there needs to be a collaborative relationship between the client and clinician, and it is important that you feel supported by your therapist. I tend to be active in my practice, meaning I will ask questions, provide feedback, and maybe challenge you to help you achieve the change you desire. I really want to hear your feedback about what works best for you in your treatment. I may ask you to engage in an agreed upon activity outside of the therapy session. Ultimately, my goal is to help resolve issues that get in the way of you having the life you desire.