Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me.  I’m Dr. Whitney Cain and I specialize in helping people through transitions and turning points.  My work focuses on making meaning of both the transitions and the stressors they bring.


I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  My interests in how others craft their unique life stories grew from Sewanee’s deep literary traditions.  These interests led me to complete a Masters degree in Applied Psychology at Boston University and then a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at North Carolina State University.

As an Associate Professor of Psychology at William Peace University (formerly Peace College), my research and teaching focused on socio-cultural influences in understanding ourselves and others.  After 18 years of teaching in the college classroom, I became a student again and earned an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University.  My practicum and internship experiences at Lucy Daniels Center and Duke Cancer Center reinforced my beliefs that even very difficult experiences create opportunities for growth, guide us into new ways of being, and offer influential additions to our life stories.  Bloomsbury Therapy is a place to explore these opportunities in meaningful, creative ways.

On a personal note, I live with my husband of seventeen years and our three children (ages 13, 11, and 10).  This photo is an old one, but it makes me smile.  We enjoy exploring the Triangle, spending time with friends, and cooking up various concoctions in the kitchen. I am completely devoted to my twice-weekly boot camp; not because I like to exercise, but because of the dear friends who make me go.  I also love reading, travel, learning, and coffee.  I might try paddle-boarding one day, but right now I just like to think about it.

Should you need help negotiating your own transitions, I welcome the opportunity to work together.  To learn more about my professional history and experience, click here.  To learn about my thinking on life and living, check into my blog.  Recent entries are accessible below.