My name is Luke Zabel and I am a licensed Staff Clinician at the USF Counseling Center.
I completed my graduate program in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Central
Florida. I love working with the college population because it gives me the chance
to assist students in finding direction and purpose in their lives. I learn a lot
from counseling USF students because it provides me the opportunity to understand
different cultures and get to know you all on a deeper level.
My approach to therapy is to work collaboratively with you to help build confidence, self-awareness, stronger interpersonal relationships, and instill hope that will enable you to achieve future aspirations. My theoretical orientation consists of utilizing positive psychology, choice theory, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy. My focus in therapy is to help you gain insight into current relational/academic issues, discover practical solutions to problems, become empowered through making healthier decisions, and utilize personal strengths and passions to live your life to the fullest. My intention would be to help you thrive, not just survive college life.
My personal interests include spending time with my wife, two boys, and older brothers. I spend most of my free time playing tennis, kayaking, fly-fishing, going to parks or the beach, irritating my wife by playing video games or watching sports, and going to theme parks with my family.
Clinical Interests: My professional interests include working with men's issues, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, interpersonal and relationship skills, addictions and substance use, loss of motivation, career counseling, crisis intervention, and improving personal self-care and wellness.
Approach to Supervision/Training: Integrative/Eclectic supervision style.
Role: Member of the Bright Side Crew at the USF Counseling Center