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James McManus, LMHC, MCAP, QS


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As the founder and owner of Family First Adolescent Services, James has devoted his career to understanding and treating the unique circumstances of young people grappling with drug and alcohol addiction, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

James attended Florida State University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. James underwent extensive training through the University of Pennsylvania’s Head of Psychiatry, Edna Foa, in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD. He also attended the world-renowned Beck Institute to study Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for suicide and depression in adolescents.

James began his career helping individuals and families at Caron Foundation’s Hanley Center. Through thousands of hours of individual, family, and group therapy, James designed treatment plans and programs that have become the basis of Family First Adolescent Services.

He is truly passionate about helping young people and their families learn, grow, and recover.