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James Braga, MSW, LSW

Therapeutic Style:

My therapeutic style is integrative and grounded in a trauma-informed, relational perspective. I am highly influenced by interpersonal and gestalt approaches. To a lesser extent, I utilize elements of cognitive therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice, systems theories, and solution-oriented work. When collaborating with individuals working to moderate or discontinue their substance use, I work from a harm-reduction lens that is trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive. For individuals struggling with PTSD or related trauma concerns, I am interested in offering prolonged exposure therapy, a protocol-driven behavioral therapy, as a treatment option.

Professional Interests:

Trained as a generalist, I am interested in working with individuals with a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, relationship issues, adjustment concerns, academic concerns, etc. I am also interested in building further depth in my experience working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+; those who struggle with trauma-related concerns; and those interested in working on managing substance use. Notably, I begin participation in a post-graduate gestalt training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland this fall. My interest in gestalt therapy speaks to my fascination with the relationship between mind & body and the role how we relate to others plays in common mental health concerns. Suicide prevention is another area that is near and dear to me. 

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am co-facilitating Understanding Self and Others with Carla Lemon.  Additionally, I work with Dr. Alice Chi as a liaison for the Brutus region of residence life.

Educational Background:

I earned both a bachelor of science (B.S.) in psychology and a master of social work (M.S.W.) at The Ohio State University. Go Bucks!

Personal Interests:

I am an avid runner and also enjoy lifting weights. As a millennial I enjoy reality TV and high quality TV series as well. I have a very eclectic music taste and love getting the chance to enjoy nature through a long hike from time to time! 

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