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Renee Gilkey, Psy.D., L.P.

Associate Director & Training Director


Education & Training

I completed my undergraduate degree in Communication (Intercultural and Interpersonal emphasis) from Arizona State University and my Master’s and Doctoral work in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology/San Francisco. During my graduate work, I began training in college counseling centers and developed an interest and passion for in pursuing a career in college counseling. I completed my doctoral internship at the UNC Counseling center and have been fortunate to work in several different roles within the counseling center including as a staff psychologist, athletics liaison and most recently as the Assistant Director and Training Director. I am grateful for the opportunity to do the work I do every day with students and UNC staff, and to be a part of an amazing team of clinicians here at the UNC Counseling Center that are incredibly fun, caring, talented and student-focused.

Current Roles

In my role as training director, I serve as the administrator of our center’s APA-Accredited doctoral internship in Health Services Psychology, master’s practicum and internship, and our advanced practicum training programs. I also provide individual supervision to practicum trainees and doctoral interns, facilitate the Supervision of Supervision seminar and facilitate our training team meetings.  I also provide individual therapy and co-facilitate interpersonal process group and dialectical-behavior therapy groups as needed.  

Therapeutic & Supervision Approaches

My approach to working with clients is deeply rooted in the belief that the most important component leading to change in therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. I work to foster an open, supportive, and affirming space for clients to explore their concerns. I utilize an integrative, strengths-based framework that incorporates elements of psychodynamic, interpersonal, CBT and relational-cultural theories. In supervision, I utilize a developmental approach and incorporate a multicultural lens.

Clinical Interests

About Me

I was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. My greatest joy is my family—my four children and husband. Outside of work, I look forward to spending time with them traveling, hiking, playing or watching sports and filling our days with laughter as often as possible!