James Ott, LCSW

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  • Clinical Social Worker
  • 515 South 700 East #3D, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84102
  • Phone: 385-313-0055
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  • Session Fees: I accept Cash, Credit, or Check. I can provide a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
  • redwillowcounseling.com
  • This member is also available for E-counseling.
  • E-counseling methods: Webcam

I started my private practice in 2000 which is my main passion. In this, I am able to support people directly in getting well. I enjoy working with people individually and with their families in identifying unhealthy patterns and changing them. As part of this, I provide education about addiction and mood disorders to individuals and families as well as church clergy; to strengthen the family and stop enabling and co-dependent actions, however well intentioned.
I also provide services as an addiction interventionist, working with families to assist a loved one to receive treatment for their disease, whether in residential care, or outpatient therapy. As such, I am trained as an ARISE Interventionist, which is the most effective method of facilitating an intervention (www.ARISEInterventionNow.com). I am well connected to local professional programs, and network with a number of national referral sources to identify the appropriate treatment program.
I started my career in 1993 working with chronically mentally ill persons in a community mental health center in Portland, Oregon. I received my Master's of Social Work degree in 1997 from New Mexico State University, whereupon I worked in a number of mental health agencies providing help to individuals and their families in crisis; providing services to the homeless; and connecting people with HIV/AIDS to health resources. After moving back to Utah, I was employed with the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) as a clinical social worker. I worked at UNI for 10 years providing assessments, utilization review, individual and family counseling, group therapy, and case management. I worked for the last 4 years on the medical detox unit, specifically helping people through the detox process, providing education to family members about addiction and treatment, and setting up appropriate services for when they discharge. I was the core psychotherapy group facilitator and also the point therapist for the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) clinic. At UNI I was able to gain understanding and skills in working with people with a wide variety of mental illness, which increased my competency and compassion for all those whose lives are impacted by mental illness and addiction.
Since 2010 I have contracted my services with a medical detox center and a treatment facility. I was also recruited as the Clinical Director for a startup residential treatment center, where I created the clinical programming, authorization procedures to secure payment from insurance companies; and the policy and procedure for the day to day operations--including managing the patient medications. I also supervised all clinical and frontline staff. My most recent endeavor was to review and write all policy and procedure for a local residential treatment center and take them through the steps necessary to receive Joint Commission accreditation.

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Salt Lake City UT