Meet James Tillman

Founder and CEO


James Tillman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor  in both the state of California and Illniois. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. James comes to counseling after having served as a full-time staff member with an International Missions Organization and on the pastoral staff of The Orchard Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  James has also given leadership to several not-for-profit organization including one designed to create confidential small groups for the purpose of fostering transparency, healing, and connection within the clergy. Because of this, his counsel is highly sought out by pastors, church workers, and other not-for-profit professionals facing difficult life situations

James brings years of "real world" business experience to his counseling, having held management positions  in the financial services industry and as a certified business coach for real estate professionals. In addition, he currently serves as CEO of Big Yellow Dog LLC, a publishing company and is the co-founder of Total Wellness Resource Center.

James is trained in the Gottman Method for Marriage Counseling which is a research based, empirically proven therapy for reducing conflict and increasing closeness and intimacy in marriage. Through skills taught in this therapy, many seemingly "hopeless" marriages have been restored as couples have broken unhealthy relational patterns and found powerful new ways of relating to one another. 

He is a passionate communicator, which is expressed in everything he does, whether through speaking engagements or through writing stage plays, books or weekly blogs. “I strive to bring a lifetime of experience and training, coupled with God's grace, to each counseling session. My passion is to help clients break free from their limitations and heal their painful emotional wounds so they can soar on eagle’s wings and be all they were created to be.”

In his spare time, James enjoys exploring new backpacking trails with his wife, Cheri, and creating music on the piano and guitar. Always seeking a new challenge, he holds a second-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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