Dr. Avie Rainwater

I grew up in Florence and have been in practice in the Pee Dee since 1989.  My wife and I have been married for since 1978 and we have three adult children; Chelsea is a hematologist/oncologist, Seth is a clinical psychologist and my partner here at LifeCare, and Joshua is a graphic artist.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in general psychology, two masters’ degrees (e.g., counseling psychology and clinical psychology) as well as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University.  I also have specialized training in psychophysiology and biofeedback.  I have served on several boards including the national board of directors of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, the  Christian Association for Psychological Studies, our state’s licensing board, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology, as well as the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Psychological Association.  I have been a member of the medical staff at McLeod Regional Medical Center for almost 30 years, serving on the Leadership Committee and the Physician Health Committee.  I enjoy living out in the country (Darlington County), playing guitar, reading, and shotgun sports.  My wife and I attend of St. John Anglican Church. 

What Is Working With Dr. Rainwater Like?

I see all problems as essentially founded in relationship dynamics. For example, how am I getting along with myself (i.e., Intrapersonal), with others (i.e., Interpersonal) and with God (i.e., Transpersonal)?  Difficulties in any one of these areas will invariably have an impact of functioning in all of the areas.  If we are not healthy in each of three areas, it’s like riding a tricycle with only two wheels; it can be done, but it is hard, exhausting and guarantees a crash!  Psychotherapy, then, looks to strengthen relationship functioning by finding, and beginning to change, problematic patterns in our lives that lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia, marital distress, and other psychological and relational problems.

Who Does He Work With?
  • Adults

  • Couples

  • Families

What Does He Provide Care For?
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Couples and Family Relationship Problems

  • Chronic Pain

  • Problems with Adult Children

  • Personality Disorders

  • Forensic Assessments

  • Behavioral Medicine Assessments

  • Fitness for Duty Evaluations