Dr. James Seghers, M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Seghers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University, and is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 27484) in the state of California. He has practiced counseling and psychotherapy since 2004. He has a background in psychological research, and has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
Clinically, he has been affiliated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California, Straight Talk Inc., Summa Health System, and, most recently, the Cleveland VA Medical Center.
Dr. Seghers has diverse therapeutic and assessment experience. He has worked with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, families, and groups from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He is experienced in addressing clinical issues related to anxiety, traumatic stress, depression, substance addiction, and psychosis. In addition, he has successfully worked with an extensive range of presenting concerns, including work/career dissatisfaction, bereavement, chronic pain, relationship problems, parenting difficulties, sexual and combat trauma, and generalized malaise. Dr. Seghers is a holistic psychotherapist, adhering to an integrative approach based on empirical science. He emphasizes psychological factors (thoughts, emotions, behaviors), interpersonal connectedness, healthful eating, and physical activity. He adopts a contextual perspective in conceptualizing psychological concerns, while emphasizing here-and-now experiences, choices, meanings, and beliefs.
Dr. Seghers views human experience as an inherently creative process, and works to empower his clients to create meaningful and fulfilling lives through committed action based on personal values. He is an avid photographer, backpacker, and meditation practitioner, and has been happily married for 10 years.
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Kimberly (Kim) Pollard Johnson
I take a holistic approach to counseling working with the whole person helping one understand their life’s journey, the past, dreams and what brings them to present, I believe that being fully present and understanding, brings forth life change. I enjoy working with couples, families, adults, teens, and groups of all ages, ethnicities, cultures and religions.
I am certified in Domestic Violence training through the State of California. I am understanding of the issues surrounding domestic violence and how it relates to the individual and their families and others surrounding them. My experience working in a domestic violence shelter helps me understand the cycles of anger and violence and how it now only person but also the impact it plays on the family unit and the surrounding places one needs to function in the world. I helped establish and develop the counseling services at a local non-profit working to provide free counseling services, food pantry services, food assistance along with group counseling in parenting, anger, and for teens to underserved populations. I have worked with couples, families, children, severe mental health issues, as well as autism spectrum disorders providing counseling services to individuals who may not otherwise receive mental health services. I work to take away the stigma surrounding these issues and try to bring healing and coping skills that will elicit change. For the past several years, I have run a court ordered weekly anger management group addressing the issues surrounding anger and drug use and the impact on family, relational, and parenting issues that are implicated within the process. I work to gain understanding and elicit change within each person’s life without shame and guilt.
I assist in Dr. Puff’s weekly mediation group helping work towards living a more peaceful life. I have been a guest speaker at Cal State Fullerton sharing my journey in my therapy practice along with the experiences all while encouraging an understanding of the issues surrounding life’s issues with the goal of compassion surrounding mental health issues and life’s challenges.
I have a published work titled the “Therapeutic Power of Dogs in Private Practice.” In this paper I explored the use of dogs in the therapeutic setting and the healing power to the human soul. In creating my paper, I researched, studied, and observed my own rescue dogs while working to understand an animal’s unconditional love and how this can help heal oneself. I hope to continue to work tards incorporate them into my practice with the hope of assisting in the healing process with a goal of understanding towards compassion and forgiveness of self and others.
I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpentaria, CA. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a Minor in Sociology from Cal State Fullerton. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. I am a license Marriage Family Therapist and licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
I am experienced in issues of relationships and marriage, depression, substance use, addictions, anger, suicide, work/ life dissatisfaction, parenting, bereavement, autism spectrum disorders and difficulty with life’s issues, I honor the spiritual and emotional aspects of life. I look forward to meeting you and embarking on our spiritual journey of understanding and healing.
Kimberly (Kim) Pollard Johnson
Licenses LMFT 110589