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Dr. Paula Rainer has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and an M.Ed in Counselor Education from  Virginia Tech. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia (License # 0701007089) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida (License #  2539). Dr. Rainer has formally been the Assistant Director and Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC.  She has taught at Johns Hopkins, Marymount, South, George Mason, and Liberty Universities in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. Dr. Rainer is a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider. She has a private practice serving couples, individuals, families, and teenagers. She has served as both a director of counseling and a middle school counselor in Prince William County, Va. 


Dr. Rainer recently published two chapters in the Handbook of experiential teaching in counselor education: A resource guide for counselor educators.  Charleston, South Carolina: Create Space Independent Publishing.

Her theoretical framework is cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoanalytic theories. She utilizes psychoanalytic theories to understand the client's developmental past and cognitive behavioral therapy to move forward with goals for the present and future.


She is a member of the following organizations:

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