Hello I am James. Welcome to Charisma Counseling! My unique experiences and expertise have been instrumental in helping people whether similar to me or very different. Each person is unique and their experiences are their own. My purpose is to assist, add insight, offer novel perspectives, and sometimes simply hold space for my clients. I work with people from many different cultural backgrounds, gender expressions, spiritual experiences, and specific challenges. 

My goal is to treat every human person with dignity and respect no matter who they are or what background they originate. Every person has worth and value.  I tailor the approach to treatment depending on the individual's personality and their specific needs and goals. 

Above is a gorgeous sunrise in remote Eastern Bali, Indonesia

The majesty from a mountain top experience is always glorious, where most feel  happy, safe, and secure.  It is a place where one can practice the mindfulness process, and even contemplate what is in the valley. However, in the valleys is the time and place that  individuals need help navigating the challenging valley experience. Psychotherapy within the psychotherapeutic alliance is a good process that helps one to face these challenges and feel supported.

James Lenfesty, LMHC is a graduate of a small Catholic college in Vermont, completing his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011. For the first seven years post-graduation he worked full time in private practice psychotherapy where he specialized in treating people with opioid dependence. He also treated people with major mental illness, PTSD, LGBTQIAA  folks, as well as a group of  people who were struggling with mood and/or personality disorders. 

In the later part of 2018, he moved to Boston. In all, he has worked in mental health for the past 17 years after changing career paths. James believes that this is his true calling; to help people navigate life's challenges. He has worked inpatient psychiatry for several years, in outpatient clinical settings, and residential living environments, giving him a well-round and diverse set of skills. 

He specializes in marginalized populations; especially LGBTQIAA persons, trauma survivors, people who struggle with substance use, and people of any ethnic background. Some topics especially close to his heart are religious trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, substance use, and problems of difference (being different). 

James is a person of faith and continues to study. He is currently matriculated in a Master of Divinity program. 

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