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Dr. Paula L Rainer, PhD, LPC-VA

Assistant Professor

Areas of Focus: Executives, Couples, and Teenagers

Contact Information

Office #754

Phone: 703-310-1286

Email: plrainer@argosy.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Tech University, Falls Church, VA
  • M.E., Counseling Education, Virginia Tech University, Falls Church, VA
  • B.A., Philosophy, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Biography

Paula Rainer holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. Dr. Rainer currently is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia in private practice where she serves couples, individuals and teenagers. Her specialty includes autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, depression, couples, school refusal, and executive coaching. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Argosy University in Virginia. Dr. Rainer has previously taught at Johns Hopkins, South, George Mason, and Liberty Universities in the area of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. She has served as both a director of counseling and middle school counselor in Prince William County, Va. In 2015 Dr. Rainer recently published six chapters in Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision: Association of Specialist in Group work. Her current research agenda includes the incidence of depression and suicidal ideation in middle school and teenage youth.

Memberships

  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Phi Kappa Phi All Discipline, Honor Society

Selected Publications

Rainer, P.L. (2017). Five wellness tips for your teen this New Year. InBetween: For Parents Caught in the middle of raising a teen and young adult. Read here.

Rainer, P.L. (2016). Talking to Your Teenager. Your HEALTH Magazine, Prince William County-West Fairfax, VA.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Lead with your feet! Using the metaphor of feet to create strong leaders. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Neutralize your biases. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Play therapy cultural competency. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Play therapy exposes countertransference. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015).Using Borders to assess the head or the heart! In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. & Ghoston, M.R. (2014). Picking up your baggage. (2014). In K. Fineran, B. Houltberg, A. Nitza, J. McCoy, S. Roberts (Eds.), Group Work experts share their favorite activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing. (Vol. 2) (pp.) Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Recent Presentations

Rainer, P,L. (2017). EMPOWERgirlz : Exposed girls to professional female mentors in the Washington, DC area. YWCA, Washington, DC.

Rainer, P.L. (2016). A qualitative perspective about the emotional and educational impact of living with Strabismus. Lions Club, Reston, VA.

Rainer, P.L. (2016). Suicide risk with African American children. Friendship Charter Schools. Washington. D.C.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Utilizing Mindfulness and Spirituality in the treatment of depression. Association of Humanistic Counseling. Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Paula L Rainer, PhD, LPC-VA