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James Swaniger LMFT

4000 Macarthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA, USA

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020


Confidential, effective counseling and psychotherapy for adult individuals and couples regarding all areas of their personal and professional lives. Please note that I do not provide family therapy.

Services include treatments for anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, relationship and intimacy issues, self-esteem and self-confidence, personality disorders, infidelity, family of origin issues, trauma recovery, addiction, grief and loss, procrastination, workplace relationships, job performance issues and more.

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12 customer reviews

14 February 2022


He has a very good understanding of what I am going through. Our first session together was great for me, and he said I could call him anytime. I thought that was just a polite gesture, but he meant it. He actually gave me a follow up call that evening just to see how I was doing after that first session, and he took a 20 min phone call from me the next day too. He is a man of his word and genuinely cares about his clients. More...

8 February 2019

Jim has experience, expertise and is an effective therapist to work with. He's compassionate and quickly makes you feel at ease and welcomed. He's focused on solutions that you can use immediately. I refer people to him without hesitation. His book is a great read for both men and women. More...

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20 January 2019

Jim is a patient, approachable, and helpful mental health specialist.He truly cares about his clients and their personal growth in the therapeutic process.

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27 February 2018

My 24 year old son is seeing him for anger, depression and relationship issues.  My son has always been extremely reluctant to tallk to therapists but he is really invested in his time with Jim.  I have seen a HUGE improvement in his demeanor in just a few short weeks!  I would recommend him to people of ALL ages!  Thank you for giving me my son back, Jim!!! More...

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26 May 2017

Jim did a wonderful job helping my wife and I.  He doesn't take sides.I highly recommend him for couples work.Dave M.

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2 May 2017

Jim is a skilled therapist that is compassionate and caring.  I highly recommend him!

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28 September 2016

I have know Jim for 11 years and about a year ago I used him as a therapist to help me with a tragedy. At first, I was a little gun shy to use a professional colleague as my therapist but that dissipated immediately once I was his patient. Jim made me feel comfortable right away. He is highly professional, thoughtful and empathetic. His visualization technique has helped me immensely and still use it as a coping mechanism to date. I would highly recommend Jim Swaniger. More...

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14 September 2016

I have worked with Jim Swaniger for over twenty years and during this period he has impressed me with his empathy and care for clients, and his competency as a therapist. He is able to understand clients" worlds, as individuals and in marriages, and guide people through improvement in functioning, especially in relationships. More...

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30 August 2016

Jim is a great therapist and friend. I feel obligated to share the great experience I've had conversing with him. He will listen to you and give you tactical advice on how to approach a solution. Most importantly, he will help you find the true underlying problem. Once he enables you to see that, you will see the solution. More...

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24 August 2016

Jim has experience, expertise and is an effective therapist to work with. He's compassionate and quickly makes you feel at ease and welcomed. He's focused on solutions that you can use immediately. I refer people my to him without hesitation. His book is a great read for both men and women. More...

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18 August 2016

I have known Jim several years as a therapist and colleague. He is an ethical and skilled clinician. He works well with others and is well liked among his peers. He has 16 years in private practice and is an author of a self-help book for men. I would refer clients to Jim without reservation. More...

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30 June 2016

Just getting to Couples Therapy alone is hard in itself. From the beginning we knew Jim was the perfect choice . We were made to feel very comfortable allowing us to open up with each other more than we ever had before. The pace Jim set allowed for both of us to have the opportunity to actually be heard and express ourselves. I feel the progress made in our first session alone is by far more than i could of ever done on my own.If you're looking to save or at least fight for your marriage/relationship then Jim is your best shot. More...

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Helping people resolve personal and professional issues and have better relationships; self esteem; a deeper self-understanding and a more meaningful life.

My personal life journey including years of my own growth and recovery.

I have over 20 yrs of experience and have helped nundreds of clients. I can quickly assess and identify causes of relationship problems, normally within two counseling sessions. As a former engineer and technical manager, I understand workplace stress and how this can affect your personal happiness and relationships.

Online and telephone services are available within California.

Within the counseling office the client-therapist distance is approximately 8 ft. Office furniture is spray-disinfected after each session.


Individual psychotherapy addresses depression , anxiety, stess, self-esteem and confidence, addictions, infidelity, phobias, traumas, relationships, self-understanding, workplace issues, bad habits, and family of origin issues.

Relationship counseling addresses issues and concerns at home and in the worplace including behavioral modification, communication, conflict resolution and job performance issues.
Learn gender-specific communication skills, including how to listen for, clarify and provide your partner’s emotional and intellectual needs. Learn to ask for what you need so that your partner hears and understands you the first time.

Grief and loss issues, including partner or parent or family member loss; pet loss, job termination and relocation adjustments.

Treatment of depression explores and addresses the underlying causes of emotional pain and includes education on coping with and managing symptoms.

Treatment addresses social anxiety, shyness, public speaking anxiety, generalized anxiety, performance anxiety and other specific phobias. Learn effective stress management and relaxation skills.

This treatment can be very challenging emotional work and begins when all interaction with the outside person end and a commitment to complete transparency and consistent honesty is made. Unfaithful partners learn behavior modification, communication skills, how to begin repairing thier primary relationship and how to cope with thier partner's anger and hurt feelings.

Hypnosis is just one procedure that can be used during psychotherapy. It is not a stand-alone type of therapy and is seldom resolves an issue in a single session. Its effectiveness depends on how hypnotizable you are and is determined in the first session. Please keep in mind that not everyone can be hypnotized at all.

This article provides more explanation of hypnosis and its applications: