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Dr. Seneka Gainer

Dr. Seneka Gainer

Assistant Professor

Palm Coast

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Email address  sarring@ju.edu
Resume or CV  Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Specialization

Marriage, Couple, and Family Systems, Counselor skill development, Deliberate Practice Supervision, and Group Dynamics


Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, Idaho State University
M.S., Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Stetson University
B.A., English, Bethune-Cookman University 

Professional Information

Dr. Gainer, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed professional counselor (LPC), and NBCC board-certified counselor (NCC), brings forth extensive clinical expertise across diverse mental health sectors. Her research delves into systemic approaches, counseling skill development, supervision methodologies, and an innovative integrated Adlerian-Gottman approach.

Dedicated to advancing the counseling field, Dr. Gainer demonstrates her commitment through over 16 years of impactful service to various professional counseling organizations. Her active involvement on boards and subcommittees, particularly in areas of ethics, governance, and finance, showcases her leadership and dedication to the profession's growth and integrity. Dr. Gainer serves in the counseling field as a governing council representative in the American Counseling Association.

In her teaching approach, Dr. Gainer seamlessly integrates her wealth of clinical experience with a dynamic, experiential, and transformative method. She believes in the profound impact of transformative learning, emphasizing the exploration of meaning schemas, unlearning processes, and reflection as pivotal aspects of effective counseling. Through transformative and experiential learning, Dr. Gainer cultivates advocacy, empowering counselors to navigate their roles effectively and enhance the counseling experience for clients.