My name is Michael Rogers, and I am a licensed psychologist. In addition to providing counseling to USF students, I serve as the assistant director for training at the Counseling Center. I am an alumnus of the University of South Florida (St. Pete Campus) where I received by B.A. in Psychology. Afterward I traveled to another sunny beach community at the University of California Santa Barbara, where I earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. After a few years working at other universities in Florida and Illinois, I came back to Tampa Bay. Outside of work, you would likely find me reading science fiction, attending the theater, playing beach volleyball, or losing semi-gracefully at a board game.
My approach to counseling is based on the idea that as human beings we are naturally oriented toward growth and only stop short when barriers get in the way. I am excited to help with your ability to overcome the internal and external barriers to your well-being by increasing persistence, compassion, and self-acceptance. I utilize an integrated approach based in client-centered & feminist therapy that draws from evidence-based interventions to help you feel better and take action to address the root causes of your distress. Much of my own social justice advocacy and research has been related to multicultural & LGBTQ+ issues.
Clinical Interests: College student development, anxiety & depression, group counseling, emotional well-being associated with sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, heterosexual), gender identity/expression (transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, intersex, female, male), and diverse relationship/sexual practices (polyamorous, kink, monogamous), international student success and training & supervision.
Languages: Fluent in English, some American Sign Language
Approach to Supervision/Training: Integrated Developmental Model & feminist supervision style
Affiliation & Roles: As an assistant director for the counseling center, I am on a number of our committees focused on: Training, Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Brightside Crew (staff recognition, team building and morale). Outside of the center, I am a member of the USF Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, and the American Psychological Association.