Elizabeth James, M.A., LMFT, LPCC

MFT Programs Clinical Administrator
Director of Clinical Training, MFT Program (Azusa)
Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
Phone: (626) 815-6000
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Biography

Elizabeth James, M.A., is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor who graduated from Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Graduate Psychology with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2006. She specializes in working with individuals who face the challenges of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through the application of DIR/Floortime and applied behavioral analysis (ABA). She also specializes in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma recovery and anxiety disorders. Her clinical interests include the assessment and facilitation of early intervention in the treatment of developmental disorders, fostering a therapeutic environment based upon family systems and attachment theories, and the implementation of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). James seeks opportunities to enhance individuals’ understanding of the thoughts and feelings that influence their behavior. As the director of clinical training and the clinical administrator for the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy program, James embraces each student during their academic and clinical experience. She maintains a relationship with training site directors in order to ensure consistent and positive clinical opportunities for students in practicum. James attends quarterly Los Angeles County meetings with various educators and training site directors, which plays an important role in remaining up to date on any changes within the field. She is passionate about the fields of marriage and family therapy and clinical counseling. As an assistant professor, she strives to provide an enriched learning experience for students who are developing their skills and formulating a sense of self in this work.

Education

  • M.A., Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy, Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A., Psychology (Minor in Music), University of California, Riverside

Credentials/Certifications

  • License: Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC49295)
  • License: Professional Clinical Counselor (#LPC288)
  • Certification: DIR/Floortime (Basic, Intermediate)
  • Certification: Eye Movement and Desensitization (Level I, Level II)

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

Expertise

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • DIR/Floortime
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Trauma Recovery

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 580 – Introduction to Clinical Skills: Basic Skills
  • PPSY 581 – Introduction to Clinical Skills: Basic Skills
  • PPSY 597 – Clinical Placement I
  • PPSY 598 – Clinical Placement II
  • PPSY 592 – Introduction to Clinical Placement
  • PPSY 593 – Clinical Consultation