Robert James

Background and Training:

Undergraduate Degree: BA 1967, Tulane University

Post-Graduate Degree: MD 1973, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.

Psychiatric Residency Training: 1973-1977, UCLA-NPI & West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital.

Psychoanalytic Training: Ph.D. 1986-1991, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.

Other Professional Training: Certified as training analyst by the American Psychoanalytic Association (Board of Professional Standards), 1995.

Practice Information:

Practice Style: In office with two other colleagues. see individual patients mostly, in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Usual diagnosis is anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship problems.

Theoretical Orientation: Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and analysis; have three analytic patients currently. Orientation is somewhat relational (no "silent analyst"). I listen, talk, ask questions, and answer questions if appropriate. I use dreams if available.

Types of Patients: Individuals, Couples, Children, Adolescents, Adults.

Diagnostic Interests: Psychopharmacology, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder. Therapy usually one year with one visit per week, often several years. Also interested in character and personality disorders.

Supervision Information:

Names of Residents Supervised in last Five Years: Joe Smurda, Robert Ashley, and Chris Parok, M.D. in 2012 through 2014. Dr. James has supervised since 1979, usually one resident per year. Also has supervised psychology interns referred by Paula Stoessel, Ph.D. 

Hours of Availability: has some availability Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. It is best to schedule on an individual basis.

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Contact Details rjamesmd@ucla.edu

Private Office
12424 Wilshire Blvd. #1050
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (310) 828-6680
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