josh gaines, MS
doctoral student in clinical psychology
supervised by sandra davis, psyd
I am Joshua Gaines, and I am excited to share this time at Richland Oaks. I graduated with a master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Capella University. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, also through Capella. My passion has always been to help individuals who are often overlooked such as older adults and young children — I feel more comfortable with this particular group and often feel that society tends to overlook these demographics. I have a bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science, and while achieving this degree, I completed an undergraduate internship as an Exercise Intern at a cardiac rehab facility, working with many patients who have had surgery due to heart disease. I have seen how exercises, as well as the support of others in the facility, have helped them in the recovery process. It is my aim to learn new methods of assessment and therapy that will be beneficial to individuals from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Mental health specialists deal with a lot more than just offering advice and support to those in need. My interest lies in gaining an understanding of the overall impact a psychologist has from the first meeting with a client to their last session, and observing the progress made throughout treatment.