James Rankin, MSW, LCSW


I grew up in western Pennsylvania about an hour from Pittsburgh where I received a BA degree from Duquesne University. My career started out in business, but approximately 20 years ago, after moving to Berks County,  I crossed over into a human services career. I started my mental health career by working with families who had children with developmental delays or other mental health diagnosis. I then worked with our local child welfare agency where I met families who were experiencing problems with substance abuse, mental health disorders, relationship problems, and/or family conflict. I then attended Marywood University via their then satellite campus at Alvernia. This is where I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2008. After accruing several thousand clinical hours in outpatient therapy, I was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2012.

I have been fortunate to acquire a wide range of experiences as a clinician since that time which allow me to serve a wide variety of clients. This includes working in an in-patient mental health facility as well as specialized treatment for at-risk clients involved in the criminal and civil court processes.  I have prepared forensic mental health evaluations and incorporated psychometric testing specific to personality disorders as part of an assessment process. I have invested in training specific to work with couples and partners experiencing issues of conflict, or trust in their relationships. Additionally, I have worked with individuals to assess and treat issues related to anger and domestic violence as well as with the family to repair those relationships. I have always worked with individuals who may be experiencing mood or anxiety related issues, or personality disorders.

Session/Treatment Types

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Treatment Age Groups

  • Ages 18 to 25 (young adults)
  • Ages 25 to 65 (adults)
  • Ages 46 to 65 (middle adulthood)

Treatment Specialties

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Borderline Personality
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Abuse/ Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Infidelity
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Marital + Premarital Counseling
  • Men’s Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Psychosis
  • Cognitive/ Thinking Disorders

Treatment Preferences

  • Attachment-Based
  • Emotion-Focused
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Mindfulness-Based
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused Brief
  • Trauma-Focused

Credentials and Trainings

  • LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University
  • Master of Social Work from Marywood University