David Gwinn, M.A.

Psychology Intern

Graduate Program:

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Clinical/Counseling Interests: I primarily work from an interpersonal process framework rooted within psychodynamic principles. Specifically, I believe the way we interact with others can provide awareness about relational patterns that were once helpful but may not be serving us well in the present. I work hard to make the counseling space a welcoming environment to safely explore how you form relationships, where relational patterns may have originated, and how these patterns are currently serving you.

My counseling interests include relational distress, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and identity development. Additionally, I have a special interest working with student-athletes who may be dealing with performance anxiety, burnout, or grief related to difficulties transitioning/postponement from sport (e.g. long-term injury, getting cut from team, upcoming graduation).

Multicultural Interests: I am committed to advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a White, able-bodied, straight, cisgender man, I have many inherent privileges in how society interacts with me. I have multicultural interests in raising awareness of power and privilege amongst individuals who share some (or all) of my privileged identities in efforts to promote equity and personal growth, such as: taking an openly antiracist stance as a white student in a predominantly white institution, recognizing microaggressions directed towards marginalized identity statuses, and processing issues around masculinity and emotional expression.

Given these interests, my work is not limited towards individuals who share parts of my identity. Specifically, I enjoy working with clients who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and first-generation college students.

Outreach Interests: I have a passion for presenting outreach topics related to student-athlete mental health. Specifically, I enjoy providing on topics related to performance anxiety, injury, team culture, group cohesion, confidence, self-talk, and mindfulness.

As the collegiate sport landscape changes, I hope to provide new outreach topics related to student-athlete mental health. In particular, I am considering an outreach presentation on effectively navigating decisions related to name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals while preserving healthy team dynamics.

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)

American Psychological Association Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP; inactive member)