James Swaniger, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine
I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Irvine CA and a graduate of Pepperdine University. While my primary approach to treatment is psychodynamic psychotherapy other approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy can be used depending on your needs. Ideal clients are adult individuals and couples, dedicated to doing the hard work of therapy. I help clients people recognize and use the problem-solving capacities they already have. I also help them heal from emotional pain and to rebuild and/or repair their relationships such as marriage, dating, premarital, family, friendships and relationships with coworkers.
I help clients understand why their life doesn't seem to get any better, and why they can keep picking the same type of partner or repeat ineffective behavior. Clients learn how family of origin patterns from childhood can keep repeating and how to change ineffective patterns of relating.
Before becoming a therapist I worked as an engineer. I often teach logical thinkers about emotions and how relationships work. Women learn how to get men to listen so they feel heard. Men learn how to meet women's emotional needs and to understand their own emotions.
Call or Email James Swaniger for a free consultation now - (714) 794-5819


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Pepperdine University
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: MFC36314 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $100 - $140
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: ACH Bank transfer, American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Wire

Additional Credentials

  • Membership: AAMFT / Clinical Fellow
  • Member Since: 2002
  • Membership: CAMFT / Clinical Member
  • Member Since: 2000

James Swaniger's Groups

Men's Discussion Group

Some men struggle to understand women's emotions and/or reactions. Some men get confused when a woman complains they don't "listen" or don't express feelings. In this group men learn to effectively communicate with women so that they both feel 'heard" and respected. Men learn to build on existing relationship skills; learn new skills, and learn how to do all this without a lot of work or having to change themselves. Group members will be assigned optional weekly reading from "Building Better Relationships - A Guidebook for Men." Groups start October 15, 2012. An initial individual interview is required.

More about this group


  • Relationship Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Women's Issues


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Thinking Disorders

Client Focus


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Imago
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017
James Swaniger, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine

James Swaniger

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT