About Us

Lisa Ferdinand

Lisa Ferdinand
Due to administrative responsibilities, leadership team members are rarely able to meet with students on a ongoing basis for counseling.

As the Assistant Director for Clinical Services, I would like to enthusiastically welcome you to the USF Counseling Center.

I joined the Counseling Center in 2009 and have remained a part of this talented team of diverse professionals, in part, because of our Center's commitment to ensuring that each USF student has access to quality mental health services during their time at USF. I was born in Jamaica, grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, and first moved to North America to pursue my undergraduate studies in Montreal, Canada. After obtaining a Master's of Education in Counseling from Boston University, I returned home to Trinidad to work for 4 years, before returning to the United States to obtain a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida. Perhaps because of my own journey navigating different cultures, it is very important to me that each student who comes to the Counseling Center feels safe and welcome, and believes that their needs and experiences are understood and respected.

In therapy, my goal is to empower clients to feel more confident in their ability to identify and manage the challenges that they face in their lives. To this end, I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, depending on the client's needs and cultural worldviews. I strongly encourage clients to work hard in sessions and between sessions so they are able to achieve their goals and return to the business of making the most of their experience as a USF Bull! When appropriate, I encourage clients to bring humor and playfulness into sessions to balance the hard work we are doing.

Clinical Interests: My clinical and research interests include globalization issues (e.g., international student and professional adjustment concerns; study abroad transitions), health psychology, multiculturalism and social justice, anxiety, depression, supervision and training, crisis intervention, and trauma and recovery.

Approach to Supervision/Training: I use a developmental and integrative approach to supervision, informed by the competency-based supervision literature. I endeavor to ground supervision in a multicultural framework that explores the cultural and contextual dynamics that impact the supervisory and counseling relationships.

Affiliations & Roles: I am the Vice-President for Practice for the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. I am also the Chair-Elect for the Section on Supervision and Training for the Society of Counseling Psychology. At the Counseling Center, I am a member of the Professional Development and Training committees, as well as a member of the Leadership Team.