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About Me

What does it really mean to be holistic and integrative?

It means… you are a universe of different thoughts, quirks, capabilities, physical attributes, emotions, neurological functions, shortcomings, and strengths.

It means problems aren’t created — or solved — in a vacuum.

In order to truly heal, we have to address the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and emotions.

We have to consider the Universe.

I have over 25 years of experience in the counseling field. I’ve seen — in my own life and relationships as well as those of my clients — the undeniable connection between mental health, physical health and spiritual health.

The therapeutic process will encourage you to connect with all three of those areas (sometimes for the first time). The good news is that you have innate capacity to heal and grow, even if it doesn’t feel like that right now.

It’s not always fun, or easy.

But it’s real, and it’s the truth.

And when you discover what’s true, you start to heal.

Pastoral Counseling

“Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!” — Paul Tillich, The Shaking of Foundations

A spiritual practice isn’t necessarily about one religion or another. It’s a connection to something larger than yourself.

Some people (including me) refer to that as God. Others call it the Universe, or the Source.

But you don’t have to call it anything — nor do you have to be Christian in order to work with me.

The point is that you experience the feeling that there is bigger business than you at work in this world. The sun will always rise and set. Waves will crash on shores.

These things will endure, regardless of what’s happening in your day-to-day.

This knowledge — actually experiencing it, not just believing it from afar — can be humbling. And healing.

And that’s where the spiritual piece fits into your therapeutic work.

If faith is important to you, I can certainly work within that.

But if it’s not?

Well, I’m not gonna throw Bibles at you.

About Me


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) — but that doesn’t mean I only work with couples; about 60% of my clients are here for individual counseling.

The Marriage and Family license involves additional, specialized training to help couples work through all that couple stuff.

(It also allows me to bill insurance for both individual and family therapy.)

BalanceU® is the business name for the holistic practice of James Colvin, M.Div. (That’s me.)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Pastoral Counselor
Ordained Minister
Personal Coach
Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors since 1991
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, North Carolina #1614
Ordained Minister in United Church of Christ since 1974
Professional Coach, Coach University Graduate
Clinical Member, U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy
Integrated Energy Therapy Level III
Reiki Level II


Partnership for Pastoral Counseling of WNC


Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, New York City,
Certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy, 1990
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, Master of Divinity, 1974
Swarthmore College, Bachelor of Arts, 1971
Coach University, 2000


828.424.7941 (work)
908.380.5937 (cell)
jcolvin99@aol.com (email)

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