Tristan McBain, PhD, LPC, LMFT, NCC

Tristan McBain PhD
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Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
National Certified Counselor

Currently Enrolled in the Sex Therapy & Sexuality Education track of the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan. Expected graduation is April 2021

Area of Focus:

Couple, Marriage, and Family Counseling; Reproductive Loss, Disenfranchised Grief, Ambiguous Loss, Life Transitions and Adjustment, and Sexual Health


Ph.D., Counselor Education, Western Michigan University
M.A., Counselor Education: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Western Michigan University

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Professional Background

Tristan McBain is an outpatient behavioral health therapist at a community mental health agency in Jackson County, Michigan. Dr. McBain provides counseling to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples to address problems such as mood disorders, life transitions, grief and loss, infertility and miscarriage, and trauma. Dr. McBain has previously conducted group therapy with children, college students, and individuals struggling with substance use disorder, and also has experience in college counseling and private practice.

Dr. McBain received her PhD in Counselor Education in 2019 and is currently working on a certificate in sex therapy and sexuality education. She plans to return to a university setting as a faculty member to conduct research and teach graduate-level counseling courses. Dr. McBain’s research thus far has focused on the grief experiences associated with infertility and miscarriage. Other areas of interest include: intimacy and sexuality in couple relationships, sex therapy interventions and techniques, sexual health policy, ethical non-monogamy and polyamory, and counselor and student comfortability and knowledge of addressing client sexual issues. She is also interested in research mentoring and gatekeeping in counselor education programs.

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

Contributor to the Following Publications

Counseling Today
The Family Journal