Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC

About Jim West

Adolescent Expert, Jim West offers expert advice to Local and National TV News & Schools Internationally and provides phone or face-to-face counseling in the Orlando area. Jim is an Author, Communicator, School Consultant, Nationally Certified and State Licensed Counselor and specializes in counseling for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD). Jim has been interviewed for multiple TV, Radio, magazine and newspaper articles. He is president of Total Life Counseling Center and his Total Life approach accelerates the therapeutic & healing process by relating to children, adolescents and adults and incorporating wellness. Jim’s clients travel from all over Florida, England, Georgia, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas as he has been able to treat clients with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Depression and more with FDA approved supplements and Dietary Modifications. 85% of his clients have not needed medication or used less medication than when they first came to Total Life Counseling Center.

Quick Tips to Teach Social Skills to Shy Students

First, we teach the importance of Eye Contact as that communicates confidence, and makes the student less of a target for bullies.
Second, we walk thru the process of approaching someone with eye contact and a firm handshake.
Third, we discuss how we are not trying to make extroverts out of introverts, but need to give

By |August 1st, 2008|Blog, Family, Parenting, Social Skills, Teens|0 Comments

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Over 6.6 million people (one out of every 40 people) suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCS). This disorder often begins at times of emotional stress, major life transitions, health problems, and events representing new levels of responsibility. OCD is a very time-consuming disorder and, according to the DSM-IV,

By |July 17th, 2008|Anxiety, Blog, Hoarding, Phobias|0 Comments

Breaking Free From Obsessions | Orlando Counselor on Anxiety and OCD

Breaking Free From Obsessions | Orlando Counselor on Anxiety and OCD

“I don’t believe life can be any different. I’m ready to give up I’ve been fighting this thing so long. Do you really think things can change?” These are statements that I often hear when a client first comes to talk about their Obsessive Compulsive

By |July 10th, 2008|Anxiety, Blog, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)|0 Comments

Childhood Sexual Abuse Colors The World Dark

Childhood sexual abuse has only become a societal issue in the past several decades. Consequently there is a lack of research, much of which began in the 1980’s. Finkelhor and Brown (1986) defined sexual abuse as any sexual activity involving a child under eighteen in which the other person is five or more years older

Man’s Best Friend- 0r Foe? Dog Bites create Physical and Psychological Damage

Cartoons represent dog bites as silly, seemingly harmless events. The truth is far more serious. A large percentage of dog attacks leave their victims with debilitating scars, both physical and psychological. The sound of dogs barking or even venturing outdoors can become a fear provoking situation. Because dogs target the face, neck and head of

By |May 1st, 2008|Adults, Blog, EMDR, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)|1 Comment

Criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

“I have heard of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but never understood what it is. Could you provide some information about this disorder?”

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is related to surviving a traumatic event, in which you feel your life or someone else’s life is threatened. These events can be catastrophic, such as natural disasters,

By |April 9th, 2008|Blog, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)|0 Comments