As co-founder of Insight to Action Therapy, Craig James provides individual, family, couples and group therapy. He is instrumental in the development of partnerships with other service professionals, community agencies and educational institutions, as well as in providing community presentations and trainings. He is also the co-developer of the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program©.
Craig views the individual as an extension of his/her friends and community and believes these systems are necessary for successful and healthy individual development. He also believes that cultural diversity and cultural intelligence are important factors that influence an effective, harmonious and productive society. He is a national speaker on the topic of alcohol moderation and serves on the boards of the Virginia Association for Addiction Professionals, Dandelion Meadows, and 12 Great Dates with our Daughters.
Craig James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). He also completed his externship training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). Craig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1995 from George Mason University, and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006.
Craig’s professional training began with the children and families of the Salvation Army’s University View Child Care Center in Fairfax County, VA, where he worked with school-aged children in after-school and summer programs. He divided his time between this and the youth and families of those involved with Fairfax County’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court.
Eventually taking a full-time position with the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, Craig expanded his experience and skills with at-risk populations. During his seven years there, he worked with several of the court’s residential programs. One of his most noteworthy accomplishments was to co-author the manual for the Post Dispositional Unit, a dual-diagnosis program that provided education and individual, group and family therapy for teens with mental health and substance abuse problems. His final position with Fairfax County was as an Intake Officer/Counselor for Juvenile Intake, where he was responsible for interpreting and applying the Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia in custody and criminal matters specifically relating to juveniles.
In addition, Craig’s experience extends to Loudoun County’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court where in 2002, he was one of the first school-based probation officers, providing direct supervision of youth under the jurisdiction of the Court, while also enforcing court orders and conditions/rules of probation.
Craig worked as a home-based and outpatient counselor with a private company for four years until 2006, with the mission to provide comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. As an individual, family and group counselor and Medicaid consultant, he also engaged in an array of duties including collaboration with other professionals, case management and mentoring services.
In April 2006, Craig joined Finding Solutions Counseling Centers where he served as Director of Operations while providing therapy to the residents of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.