James Boehm, LPC-MHSP, is the Accessibility Coordinator/Saturday Supervisor at The Refuge Center. James describes himself as a passionate leader and an advocate who values collaboration and empowering others to their fullest potential. His specialties within counseling include, but are not limited to, adjustment to disability, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, suicidal ideation, and addiction. Through an integrated approach of mind and body, Boehm engages with clients to apply strategies and develop personalized goals that help them to move forward.
Boehm’s positive, solution-focused style is unique to each client. Together, James and his clients analyze thoughts and feelings that motivate behavior. If appropriate, he utilizes animal assisted therapy as part of the healing and treatment process.
James completed his master’s degree in May 2019 from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a licensed LPC-MHSP. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR).
Boehm feels that with the proper tools, education, and supports, all individuals can live the life that they were created for.
Boehm believes strongly in advocacy and equality for all individuals, including people with disabilities. James serves on the Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, as the President of the Nashville Chapter and the state VP of the National Federation of the Blind, and as Founder and President of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit You Cane Give with his wife, Wendy Boehm. He also founded and served on the TN Association of Guide Dog Users (he has an amazing guide dog named Bogey) and has been a mentor to college students with Learning Ally.