Tenille Gaines

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Tenille R. Gaines, PhD, LP

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tenille was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but moved around frequently and refers to Beaufort, South Carolina as her hometown. Tenille began working with CAPS in 2016. Tenille enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading a good book. Additionally, Tenille holds professional memberships in the Michigan Psychological Association and the Association for Black Psychologists. Tenille is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


  • Winston Salem State University, B.S. Psychology 2004
  • Georgia Southern University, M.S. Clinical Science 2007
  • Auburn University, Ph.D. Psychology 2016

Professional Interests include:

  • Racial and ethnic identity development
  • African-American women’s issues
  • First-generation college students
  • Spiritual and existential concerns
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem improvement
  • Interpersonal concerns
  • Establishing a genuine therapeutic relationship with clients
  • Diversity
  • Multiculturalism