James O’Neill

After 10 years in practice, James has dedicated his life to helping people tackle personal and professional challenges. He identifies and transforms self-defeating core beliefs into experiences that support healthy relationships and well-being. He was trained by Dr. Wendy Hill, who was personally trained by famed psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Dr. Milton H. Erickson. In addition to offering mind-based therapy sessions, James has created online mindfulness programs.

Treatment Approach

James' therapy practice ranges from anxiety and anger management to elite sports performance. Incorporating faith, spirituality, and hypnotherapy with cognitive behavioral therapy and integrative psychology, James services communities like veterans, aviation professionals, and competitive athletes with a transformational approach to mindfulness.

Qualifications

  • Licensed psychotherapist in Maryland and also a Board Approved Supervisor for Graduate Professional Counselors
  • Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Studied at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine 
  • Trained mPEAK Coach under the mentorship of Pete Kirchmer  
  • Completed a Masters of Science in Counseling at The Johns Hopkins University
  • Worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching English in Bangladesh 
  • Studied at the Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand and learned about World Religion & Thai Buddhism.
  • Studied philosophy at Loyola University in Maryland 
  • Certified Personal Trainer through National Council on Strength & Fitness (CPT-NCSF)

How Journey Mindfulness was born

As a licensed therapist, yogi, meditation guru, father of two, and sports aficionado, James is a life-long devotee of mindfulness and meditation. Through his own experiences with severe stress, illness, and anxiety, James went on a retreat to try to heal. He attended a Vipassana retreat that had a profound impact and rekindled James' appreciation of the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

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