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Biography of James Rainwater, Ph.D.

James Rainwater, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He is licensed as an LPC in Colorado (#4656) and Vermont (#635). He recently returned to his native home in Colorado from Montpelier, Vermont. He sees children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. Prior to private practice, Dr. Rainwater was the clinical director and staff supervisor of a small inpatient facility for adolescent boys with mood and conduct disorders. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology, focusing on psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies, from the Union Institute and University. He also holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Vermont State College at Johnson, and B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Rainwater’s research focuses on psychoanalytic perspectives on ADHD, reformulating childhood and adult problems with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in terms of Object Relations theories and in particular, the concepts of defense and character organization. He received a research award from the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies for the period of 2006 to 2007 for this work. He remains active in research in this area, and has journal articles in review for publication. The research approaches mental health from the point of view of the uniqueness of each individual and uses the qualitative methods of case study research.

In practice Dr. Rainwater’s clinical approach treats each client as a unique individual whose mind has developed according to life circumstances that are different for everyone. His theoretical perspectives are psychoanalytic and psychodynamic, combining classical, object relations, and intersubjective ideas and techniques. In addition, he uses various cognitive, behavioral, and psychoeducational techniques as well as coordination with medication experts to help facilitate optimal client care. With children and some adolescents Dr. Rainwater uses psychoanalytically informed non-directive play therapy techniques that have been particularly effective in treating childhood disorders and trauma adjustment.

In addition to his academic and professional interests, James Rainwater is a husband and father who enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid cyclist and skier, and plays bluegrass, old time, and Celtic music with friends.

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