Greetings and welcome!
My name is Jason Axford, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) at the USF Counseling Center. Being in college is a privilege and a challenge; both are important for your continued growth and development as a person. During this exciting time, you may need support, guidance, and help as you navigate this new path. I hope you will consider the USF Counseling Center as a place where you can express yourself and find the care you need.
A little bit about me: I'm originally from Cape Town, South Africa, was a Junior National Track and Field Champion, spent 21 years in Virginia, have played professional volleyball in Austria, lived in Sydney, Australia when I was in first grade, and am a BBQ master (called braai in South Africa). I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Eastern Mennonite University, and since worked in just about every setting within the mental health field. I even tried my hand at coaching becoming the only graduate at my alma mater to play and coach in the National Tournaments. My social justice focus during undergrad ultimately led to me being trained as a therapist. My approach to therapy is predominately Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – focusing on our thought patterns (automatic and learned), and its impact on our emotions and behavior. I also integrate Psychodynamic and Interpersonal interventions, and have extensive experience in Addictions Therapy. I love therapy and its many benefits! I would be honored if you allowed me to assist you with either meeting your life goals, or improving your overall quality of life.
Clinical Interests: My professional interests include social justice, multiculturalism/cross-culturalism, adjustment, men's issues, trauma, addictions, PTSD, relationships, anxiety, depression, and anger management.
Languages: Fluent in Afrikaans and English, learning Spanish.
Approach to Supervision/Training: Theory-related (Person-Centered) supervision style
Affiliations & Roles: Member of Committee on Diversity & Inclusion at the Counseling Center, and USF Black Faculty and Staff Association.