Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

Dr. Jim's Philosophy

He has found that time and time again there are two levels of life-issues -- the presenting, or surface issues, and the deeper, discouraged, de-motivating, repeating issues.  These deeper, de-motivating, repeating issues are the matters that must have resolution for life to be lived satisfactorily.

The presenting or surface issues are the issues about which we are most aware.  These are the issues causing day-to-day emotional discomfort – depression, anxiety, restlessness, sadness, and even physical discomfort.  These nagging, growing problems bring most people into therapy. 

However, these issues are rarely the issues needing to be permanently resolved for lifelong successful results in therapy.  The deeper, usually unresolved issues are the reason many people continue to have problems, fears, and feelings of trauma outside of psychotherapy.  

Often, these issues are from a person’s past and may include a history of abuse, low self-esteem starting in childhood, family of origin issues, e.g., loss of family connections and abandonment, and significant traumatic events. 

Regardless of the focus on presenting problem issues, the deep, life-long issues must also be explored with care and safety, and gently addressed for successful resolution and completion of the psychotherapeutic process. 

Dr. Wayland understands the commitment and hope one has when they make a commitment to themselves to move to another level of personal discovery and achievement.