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Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC

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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.

7 Tips for Test Anxiety on Fox 35 News | Reducing FCAT Stress | Orlando Anxiety Counseling

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“Reducing Stress from Tests!” “I am going to fail the FCAT and repeat third grade!” “I don’t have enough time for the test!” “I can’t sleep the night before the test!” February and March many students across the state prepare to take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and the stress for some is insurmountable.  Psychiatrists [...]

Children and Divorce: The Top Ten Avoidable Mistakes | Orlando Family Counselor

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January is Divorce Awareness Month and so this article was written to help prepare parents that are pursuing divorce in a way that will cause the least amount of trauma to the children involved. These mistakes are classic mistakes that many divorced couples make, but they are not typically made with the intent to harm [...]

“Do as I Say Not As I Do” | 4 Tips to Raising Healthy Kids | Orlando Family Counselor

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"You let me stay up past my bedtime last night so why can’t I do it tonight?!" "It's not fair! I just want 10 more minutes on the computer and you let Susie have more time so why can't I have more time!" Do you have children that drain the energy out of you? Do [...]

How to Get Your Husband to Marriage Counseling | Orlando Relationship Counselor

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Do you feel like it takes begging, pleading or even an ultimatum to get your husband to consider marriage counseling?   Try to understand from your husband’s point of view why he may be apprehensive about the whole counseling process.  This may help him to change his expectations about counseling. Why he may not want to go to counseling? [...]

Parents Solutions for Oppositional Defiant Students | Orlando Teen Counselor

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"If you say that one more time I am going to slap you" and as this mother was telling me the story, I immediately knew the outcome as she recalls the story over the weekend in a restaurant. Whenever a threat is made between a parent and Oppositional student it's like issuing a challenge and [...]

4 Reasons Babies Bully & What to Do | Orlando Bully Counselor Expert

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"You're stupid!" as a young child in day care cowers in the corner. "Nobody likes you!" followed by kicking and hitting by an older child trying to show he is tough and in control!  Sound strange or unreal for kids ages 3-5 years old?  Well it's happening more over the past two years with the [...]