Counseling

Jim Denning LPC, LCDC

Jim received his Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Master of Arts in Ministry from American Christian College and Seminary.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Master Accelerated Resolution Therapy practitioner.

Jim has a particular passion and expertise for working with adults of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction and those dealing with post-traumatic stress. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help effectively address personal life challenges.  He combines traditional counseling techniques and current neurological research to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.

Jim provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which you can safely explore and work through feelings, thoughts, images and beliefs, conscious or unconscious, that may be keeping you stuck. He tempers the process with creativity, imagination and humor, along with practical solutions and concrete goals.  He is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Master Accelerated Resolution Therapy Specialist
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling
  • Master’s Degree in Ministry
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics
  • Mensa Member

In the Press

The Denning Center sees success with Accelerated Resolution Therapy.

Watching her eyes flit back and forth while Jim Denning guides her rapid gaze is mesmerizing. The woman, who will remain anonymous, allowed cameras into the private therapy session with Jim Denning, a Master ART practitioner. The woman explained her trauma, detailing the deaths of her parents and recent divorce from her husband. She admits that she has been depressed since the beginning of 2020 due to loss of loved ones coupled with the sweeping pandemic. However, after her first session, a weight has been lifted. 

“I feel a strong sense of relief from the therapy session with Mr. Denning,” said the woman. “It’s a unique form of therapy and I understand why it’s gaining traction in the medical community; I haven’t felt this good in a long time.”

Accelerated Resolution Therapy methodology has been around, however recently it has been growing in popularity due to its high success rate. This year, The Denning Center has felt a tremendous demand for AR Therapy due to the pandemic, job loss, depression and loss of life. In as little as one to three sessions, Denning continues to see faster results with patients.

“The brain has two components, we have the emotional brain, which doesn’t understand time and we have the thinking brain,” said Jim Denning, founder and counselor of The Denning Center. “The thinking brain goes offline when the emotional brain is triggered, so when I perform Accelerated Resolution Therapy, we address triggered emotions in a controlled, safe environment using rapid eye movements to help desensitize the amygdala.” 

Research has shown that AR Therapy as an effective form of trauma recovery. Accelerated Resolution Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that works to combat post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health ailments. It originated from the practices associated with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. In AR Therapy, eye movement (looking from left to right) is used to produce a relaxed state similar to REM sleep. During the sessions, patients will be able to recall past memories without feeling anxious allowing them to ease the painful emotions, and process and resolve the memory. AR Therapy also uses a technique called Voluntary Image Replacement to replace an alarming mental image with a peaceful, nonthreatening one.

For 30 years, Jim personally dealt with depression and anxiety and decided to do something about it. Not only did he perform extensive research on brain activity and mental health, he received his counseling degree and developed The Denning Center, which has evolved into a specialized treatment facility for Accelerated Resolution Therapy. 

Time well spent, many patients have remarked that in just one session, Jim Denning’s AR Therapy has provided “unparalleled relief” for individuals living with trauma. And possibly, the cure to Covid-19 anxiety.