After graduating with First Class Honours from The University of Waikato (2008) he continued education in Australia at Central Queensland University (2009) before completing his internship with 'Bushkids' child development centre in the remote Australian town of Mt Isa (2010-2012). He then joined the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Melbourne overseeing student wellbeing across 6 state schools (2012-2015), before moving on to a prep to final year private school of 1300 students in the Gold Coast (2015-2021)
Across these roles, anxiety concerns were a consistent referral base and encompassed practice across broad age ranges and presentations, inclusive of stakeholder engagement and psychoeducation.
He has completed extensive development with anxiety disorders, incorporating multiple frames work (cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing) including ongoing one-on-one supervision with Dr Louise Hayes and Dr Stan Steindl.
Further experience in youth mental health and education services, research, and disability services can be viewed on James’ Linkedin.