Resident in Counseling
Natasia "Tasi" James is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of Louisville in 2015, and then her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2021 at the University of Kentucky. As an undergraduate, Tasi was introduced to the mental health field by working as a Youth Counselor at a residential facility for adolescents in state's care; there she assisted youth in learning positive coping strategies, gaining independent living skills, and building healthy relationships. From 2016-2020, Tasi lived in Japan for 4 years as an Assistant Language Teacher working at Japanese public schools. Though working full time as a teacher, Tasi pursued her Master's and focused a lot of her studies on improving access to mental health care for expats living in Japan.
Tasi relocated to Virginia in 2020, and began doing in-home work as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist- she assisted individuals on the Autism spectrum in mproving adaptive behaviors. She then transitioned to doing mental health based, in-home therapy for 2 years, where she provided: individual/ family therapy, parent coaching, mental health skill-building, intensive therapy for antisocial youth, and mentoring. She further has experience with both adolescents and adults diagnosed with eating disorders in the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient levels of care.
Expect Tasi's energy to be upbeat, warm, compassionate, and humorous. Her approach is to create a space for clients to feel comfortable and safe, encourage self-exploration to resolve core issues, and help clients to evolve into their most authentic selves.
Utilizes: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, Integrative. Scope: adolescents, adults, family, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, transitions