James graduated from Illinois State University in 2006 and studied philosophy and psychology. He then went on to Bradley University and completed a Masters in 2009 in Human Development Counseling. During that time at Bradley James was able to participate in three internships. He saw individual clients in the private practice of Bob Lewis, Psychologist. James also led weekly group therapy sessions at the Cancer Center for Healthy Living. This was a support group for individuals and family members that were going through or went through cancer. Finally, he completed his internship at Catholic Charities, where he was able to counsel individuals, children, and families.