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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.

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 [...]

Hazing or Initiation | Dr Phillips High School – Darrion Denson | Orlando Bullying Counselor

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What is Hazing and Tips to Prevent it in your School! Darrion Denson reportedly was told by his coach to walk into the Dr. Phillips High School Senior locker room to get a pair of pants.  He reports that 5 football players beat him until he was unconscious and when he woke up he found [...]

4 Simple Ways to Form Better Attachments with Your Children | Orlando Counselor

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Attachment is vital to a child and the caregiver's responsiveness to the child is paramount to securing that attachment. Attachment issues are very prevalent in our society today and can play out in a variety of ways. Things such as the fear of commitment, of being alone, trying to be loved, rebellion, and feeling inferior [...]

4 Ways to Help Survivors of Sexual Abuse | Orlando Counselor Therapist

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"I know someone who survived a sexual assault. How can I help?" What percentage of people in the US are Sexually Abused? According to the CDC, 10.6% of adult women and 2.1% of adult men have reported experiencing a forced sexual encounter at some point in their lives. This means that just as many of [...]

High School Transition Tips – Hold On Parents | Orlando Teen Counselor Therapist

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“You don’t understand!” “You don’t have a clue what I am going through!”  “You don’t know what your talking about!”  If you have not heard these statements from you teenager get ready because it’s coming! However, during these transitional years, parent involvement becomes a crucial aspect of their successful high school career. Student Fears – [...]