Dr. Paige Mullins-Couch


Place of Employment:    Western State Hospital


Role with Internship:      Supervisor


Dr. Paige Mullins-Couch attended Vanderbilt University and earned a B.A. in English and Psychology in 1995.  She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in 1997 then received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1999 from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.  Since that time, she has been practicing psychology in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  She was also an instructor at Murray State University for graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Human Development and Leadership.  She has a license to practice psychology in the State of Kentucky.


Dr. Mullins works part time on the Admissions Unit at Western State Hospital assisting with Initial Psychological Assessments and any other duties as assigned.  She also works in a private practice where she sees a variety of clientele, both children and adults.  She enjoys using games, crafts, and story-telling  to build rapport and break through resistance with those in her care.  She also has a contract evaluating Military Service Members and Veterans for the claims they have made with the V.A. related to mental health issues.


Dr. Mullins indicates her supervisory style follows the Discrimination Model, which is comprised of three separate foci for supervision (i.e., intervention, conceptualization, and personalization) and three possible supervisor roles (i.e., teacher, counselor, and consultant).  She wants her role and focus in supervision to meet the most salient needs of the supervisee in the moment to help him or her become a well-rounded and competent professional and colleague.  Her theoretic orientation is predominantly Cognitive Behavioral with a strong nod toward the Humanistic.


When not at work, Dr. Mullins engages in a variety of activities including playing live team trivia, binge watching shows on Netflix and Amazon, trying her best to beat her cousin at Words with Friends, and seeing what the world has to offer.  She likes travelling, cooking, and practicing hand-lettering.  Because she is a local gal, she can tell you about activities and events that are happening around town or direct you where to go when you find you are in need of a service provider or place to take out of town guests.  She enjoys playing “stage mom” to her 11-year-old son, singing in the car, reading popular fiction, and attempting to do yoga.  She has been known to create some interesting artwork on lunch bags when properly inspired.


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.    –George Washington Carver


I feel like if you’re a really good human being, you can try to find something beautiful in every single person, no matter what.                                  –Lady Gaga