Meet the Practitioners: James Carroll

When did you start at NBP? What were you doing before?

I started in June, 2021. Prior to this, I worked with people experiencing a range of mental health concerns and drug and alcohol misuse in correctional centres and in the community. 

Why did you get into psychology in the first place?

I was amazed at how the brain and our perceptions can affect so many aspects of our life. I wanted to assist others in better understanding themselves and being able to feel more in control of their lives. Also, it is an endlessly interesting area of study and practice.

What would you have done if not Psychology?

I had originally planned to become a dentist/orthodontist! I remember the difference in my self-confidence that having braces made during my teenage years and I wanted to be able to help others with this. That and I really enjoyed chemistry during school. Looking back though, I feel incredibly glad that I found Psychology, as I am able to still help people with their self-confidence without the use of dentist drills, haha!

What do you like best about your job?

Being able to support others on their journey to be the best version of themselves and to celebrate their achievements along the way. Plus we get to meet so many interesting people.

Which are your favourite therapies to draw from and why?

I utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with a client-centered approach. These therapies are empirically supported for a wide range of mental health concerns and are techniques I use in my own life on a regular basis.

What activities do you enjoy outside work?

Playing guitar and going for long drives have been my go-to self-care activities in recent weeks but I am looking forward to the next time I can get out on the golf course.