About Jim

Jim Doran, originally from Long Island, NY, graduated in 1971 from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in history and sociology.  In 1976, Jim received his Master of Social Work from Boston College.  After working as a senior social worker at Paul A. Dever State School in Taunton, Massachusetts, Jim moved to Danville, Virginia.  While there, he taught an introductory social work course at Averett College and worked at the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute as a unit director.  Also while in Danville, Jim chaired a local human rights committee.

In 1981, Jim began work as a senior clinical social worker at Poplar Springs Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia.  While in Petersburg, Jim consulted with several psychiatrists to work with individuals and couples in psychotherapy.  In 1985, Jim was promoted to the position of Adult Program Director at Poplar Springs, where he stayed until 1993.  Additionally, from 1982 to 1987, Jim was adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching a graduate course on emotional disorders.

Jim opened his private psychotherapy practice in 1993, which he continues today.  He works with couples, families, groups, and individuals in both outpatient office settings and acute inpatient psychiatric settings; he also consults with industries and offers EAP services.