UMKC Counseling Center

Arnold Abels, Ph.D.

Dr. Abels received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2001. He is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas. He has worked extensively with traditional and non-traditional age college students, international students, students of color, students with disabilities and other under-represented populations. He is trained as a generalist and works with a wide range of psychological concerns. His experiences include working with issues of abuse and trauma, academic skills development, career development, depression and other mood disorders, issues related to physical disability, family of origin problems, grief and loss, identity development, relationship issues, spirituality and stress management. He works from a holistic framework that incorporates person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented theories with the goal of identifying and developing individual strengths that will empower individuals to more effectively deal with their presenting concerns.  In his spare time he enjoys exploring nature and the healing and calming splendor that it offers.