Jim Coil, Ed.D (ABD), MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist #LMFT 35598
Website: www.counselingtherapies.com

About Me

Areas of Specialty

Speaking and Presentations


Professional Affiliations

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About Me:

For nearly 30 years, I have provided counseling services in the form of individual, couples, family and group therapy to families, adults, couples, adolescents, and children in the San Diego area. During this time, I worked for Scripps Memorial Hospital and Children’s Hospital’s Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, where I created and administered two intensive outpatient treatment programs designed to address clients struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and impaired family communication. I served as the Director of the Wellness Center and the Director of Counseling Services and Training at Point Loma Nazarene University and I am currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.

I have been in private practice for 14 years and worked extensively with adolescents, young adults including millennials, professional athletes, and adults with depression, anxiety, addictions including chemical dependency and sexual addictions, family dynamics associated with addiction, recovery and the utilization of the 12-step recovery model. My background includes a comprehensive and collaborative treatment approach that integrates the support my client is receiving from a psychiatrist, physician, pastor, teacher, counselor or others involved with their health and well-being.

I am a frequent presenter at college campuses, conferences, seminars and churches on topics including intervention, managing and improving your mood, addictions, the therapeutic benefits of humor and the practice of gratitude and optimism. For a complete listing or current workshops and presentations, please see listings provided under the professional speaking and presentations section of this biographical page. For a comprehensive listing of available presentations, please visit the “Seminars and Conferences” page. 

Therapeutic Approach:
My therapeutic approach is a collaborative, client-centered and solution focused. Utilizing this approach, I will work together with the individual client, couple or family in identifying the goals for therapy. This collaboration includes addressing and resolving problems in a planned and solution focused fashion as a means of restoring hope, and identifying and enlisting the strengths of the client(s) to pursue and achieve healing. This process may include homework assignments to be completed between sessions. It will also include examining family systems, past and present and how these impact relationships. Further examination of systems may include work, religion, cultural, and societal systems and how these factors influence your current situation.

Areas Of Specialty

  • Mood disorders: Anxiety, depression
  • Persistent issues with an adolescent’s behavior, school issues and performance
  • Coping with feelings related to grief and loss, anger, and a sense of failure and/or inadequacy
  • Coping with stressors related to death, divorce, and chronic illness
  • Helping couples recover from an affair
  • Critical incidence debriefing, trauma, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Addressing, coping and resolving issues associated with a chemically dependent family member or loved one
  • Chemical dependency/addiction and/or sexual addictions
  • Intervening on a chemically dependent loved one
  • Assertive communication and conflict resolution
  • Premarital counseling
  • Couples and Family therapy
  • Personal success and executive coaching

Professional Speaking and Presentations:

Speaking engagements include presentations in a variety of venues and agencies including professional associations and organizations, clinical training workshops, community agencies, university settings with faculty, staff and students, churches and faith-based organizations, retreats and radio and television interviews. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Adult Children from Difficult Families
  • Addiction and the Process of Intervention
  • Anger Management: Problem Solving, Recognizing Triggers
  • Iron Sharpens Iron: Strengthening Men Spiritually
  • Biochemistry of Addiction 
  • Boundaries & Dating
  • Boundaries: “When Loving You is Killing Me”
  • Building Friendships that Last: Carl Rogers
  • Compassion Fatigue / Caregiver Burnout and Recovery: Boundaries and Self-Care
  • Codependency and Detachment: Support For Those Who Love an Alcoholic/Addict
  • Caring Enough to Confront: Intervention and Conflict Resolution
  • Crossing the Line: When Escapism Becomes Addiction
  • Dealing with Difficult People (even if they don’t know who they are)
  • Decision Making – Effective Strategies to Healthy Choices
  • Depression: An Overview on Symptoms and Effective Treatment
  • Discovering and Developing Your Strengths
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Taking Charge of an Anxious Spirit
  • Drug Proofing Our Children – Parent, School, and Community Interventions
  • Finding Your Voice: Assertive Communication
  • Entering College Life: Choices and Differentiation from Parents
  • Fear of Success (Identifying and Reducing Self-Sabotage)
  • Supporting the Bereaved
  • Healthy vs Toxic Relationships
  • Identifying and Detangling Family of Origin Issues
  • Identifying, Maintaining, and Building Resiliency in Youth
  • Internet Pornography: Safeguarding Yourself and Your Family
  • Intervention: How to Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help
  • It’s a Jungle In Here (Dealing with Self-Sabotage) / It’s a Jungle Out There (Dealing with Life on Life’s Terms)
  • Managing Your Mood: Strategies to Combat Depression, Anxiety and Improve Your Mood
  • Perfectionism – Am I ever good enough?
  • Picking up the Pieces after Trauma
  • Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Sexual Addiction: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery
  • Social Phobia Reducing Strategies
  • Stages of Moral Development
  • Stinkin’ Thinkin’ – Managing Negative Self-Talk and Cognitive Distortions
  • Stoking the Fire – Marriage Enrichment Workshop Series
  • Straight Talk about Addictions
  • Stress Management (basic presentation, or Bible study version)
  • Stress Reduction/Management Techniques
  • Study Habits: Discipline, How to Remember Information, Study Groups and having fun (balance)
  • Substance Abuse or Harmful Addiction: Crossing the Line
  • Suicide Prevention
  • The High Stakes of Gambling
  • “Think on These Things” – Exploring biblical tools in reducing or defeating depression and anxiety.
  • Traveling Light/Packing Light (Strategies in Letting Go of the Past)
  • Understanding Me and You (Using Meyers Briggs Type Indicator – MBTI to understand and accept personality differences between couples, office team/staff and students)

Degrees, Licenses, Certifications and Professional Development:

Ed.D (ABD) – Currently completing a doctoral degree at Azusa Pacific University.
Dissertation topic: The role of calling in university sophomores
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, National University, San Diego, California
B.A. in Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Califorina
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California, MFC #35598
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT) Approved Clinical Supervisor
PREPARE/ENRICH Couples Counseling Faciliator
Certified Intervention Specialist, Johnson Institute, Minneapolis, MN
SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory) Certification (2011, 1996)
Continuous professional development includes participation with Dr. John Gottman and the Gottman Relationship Institute, Emotionally Focused Therapy/Externship with Dr. Sue Johnson, EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Critical Incident Debriefing, and Bereavement Counseling

Professional Affiliations:


  • California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • American College Health Association (ACHA)
  • Coalition of Christian College Counseling Centers Forum (5C Forum)
  • Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)


  • Council for Exceptional Children (1990-1993)
  • National Association of Multicultural Education (1990-1993)
  • Trainers of School Psychologists (1990)
  • Mini-Skill Workshop Series
  • National Association on Alcohol, Drugs and Disability (NCAADD)
  • Youth Programs and Services Committee Member, 1987-1990
  • Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • National Autism Association

Faculty and Administrative Associations:
2006- Present: Adjunct Professor, 
Graduate Psychology Department Azusa Pacific University, 
San Diego Regional Center, California
2006 – 2011: Director of the Wellness Center, 
Wellness Center Point Loma Nazarene University, 
San Diego, California
20011-2012: Director of Counseling Services and Training, 
Point Loma Nazarene University, 
San Diego, California

COURSES (Instructor or Presenter):

  • Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency (Instructor)
  • Family Therapy A (Instructor)
  • Family Therapy B (Instructor)
  • Basic Counseling Skills (Instructor)
  • Advanced Counseling Skills (Instructor)
  • Group Therapy (Instructor / Facilitator)
  • Principles of Psychotherapy: Group Approaches (Presenter)
  • Principles of Psychotherapy I: Assessment and Interventions Individual Psychotherapy and Clinical Assessment (Presenter)
  • Principles of Psychotherapy II: Child and Adolescent Therapy (Presenter)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy (Presenter) PSY 631A Practicum I: Marital and Family Therapy
  • Assessment Techniques for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addictions: Contexts and Treatments (Instructor)
  • Advanced Clinical Skills: Group Therapy (Instructor)

Pastoral Experiences:
2011 – Present: Band of Brothers, Iron Men Ministries, 
Church at Rancho Bernardo
1995 – 1997: MFT Intern, Counseling Center, 
Claremont Emmanuel Baptist Church
1995 – 1996: MFT Intern, Sharp Hospice & Palliative Care, Grossmont Hospital
1989 – 1992: President/Associate Pastor, 
Beyond College College Avenue Baptist Church
1978 – 1980: Chaplain, Kappa Phi Kappa, 
Point Loma Nazarene University

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