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James Rao, PhD

Areas of Specialty :
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem/Social Anxiety

Client Focus:
  • Adults

James Rao, PhD, LICSW has been working in the field of mental health since 1998. He provides counseling to adults through individual and couples psychotherapy, and is able to draw on extensive experience in a variety of settings and with many different populations. He spent 8 years counseling chronically ill patients (and their families) as they coped with chronic kidney and liver disease at a hospital organ transplant center. In this capacity he was significantly involved in program development. He has provided a good deal of supervision to those seeking to enter the mental health field. Dr. Rao's experience has included providing therapy to graduate and undergraduate students from a number of different Universities. In an outpatient mental health setting he has provided crisis intervention to adult, children, and adolescent families in short, moderate and long- term frameworks as well as treating the family as a whole when clinically indicated.

He has experience in helping people with depression, anxiety, phobias, social discomfort, low self-esteem, OCD, ADHD, trauma, grief, anger control, difficulty adjusting to life circumstances, coping with chronic illness, complicated family dynamics, insomnia/disrupted sleep and substance use. Dr. Rao has run anger management groups in the past and is also very familiar with the dynamics involved in substance abuse and the treatment of addictive disorders. Specialized Trainings/Certifications

Dr. Rao has also been certified in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia through The University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, ACT and DBT. He has applied CBT and EMDR strategies and techniques for the treatment of trauma.

Upper Valley

  • BA Psychology, Binghamton University
  • Master of Social Work, Hunter College

Areas of Focus:
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Obsessive-Compulsive
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Approaches:
  • Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Family-Marital
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused Brief
  • Trauma Focused