Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Chavonne Gaines, M.Ed., LPCC-S

Therapeutic Style:

My therapeutic style is integrative, recognizing that not one approach works for all clients. My foundation is in the person-centered therapeutic approach, but I also pull from several other therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, feminist therapy, and strengths-based therapy. I also utilize a trauma-informed care approach. I am intentional about working collaboratively with clients and building the therapeutic relationship. I believe that clients are the experts of their own lives, and I do my best to support them in expanding their awareness and understanding of their experiences. I work to provide a safe and inclusive space for clients to experience exploration, growth, empowerment, and healing.

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Professional Interests:

My professional interests include working with those who have experienced multicultural issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, identity development, women’s issues and human sexuality (i.e., sexual orientation and gender identity and expression). I am also looking into gaining competence on my interests in sex therapy and education.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am facilitating the Fall 2022 Women's Group.

Educational Background:

I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I completed my graduate work in Chicago at DePaul University with a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Personal Interests:

My personal interests include spending time with family and friends, doing anything with my dog, reading, being creative, yoga, and watching sports (my favorites are football, basketball, and hockey).

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