James Freeman, CSW-A (virtual)

I specialize in developmental trauma, attachment, and body-based therapies, both in individual and couple’s work. Much of my practice is focused on integrating mental health with the natural world, and is inspired by my time spent as a Wilderness Therapy Field Guide. In this role, I guided clients on backpacking, rafting, and rock climbing expeditions and learned how engaging with the outdoors can connect us to our bodies, our Self, and our relationships. I believe a lack of connection in these realms often creates the core of our suffering. With this, I strive to center relationships in my work in helping clients expand their capacity to engage with the world in a meaningful way. I am trained in Brainspotting and utilize elements of mindfulness, somatic therapies, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Internal Family Systems in my work, with the main goal of helping clients come home to themselves and feel more at ease in their bodies. As a gay man, I also understand the complex struggles specific to the LGBTQ+ population, and aspire to help folks reclaim this part of their identity that often has not felt safe enough to emerge in fullness.

Currently, I also work as a seasonal rock climbing guide and mobile crisis counselor assisting mental health crises in Multnomah County. At this time, I only see folks virtually or in outdoor settings in Portland, such as Mt. Tabor.