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. His professional interests include supervision, training, diversity and multiculturalism, men's issues, crisis intervention, and physical disability. He has worked extensively with traditional and non-traditional age college students from diverse backgrounds. Trained as a generalist, he works with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety/stress, mood disorders, trauma, academic skills development, issues related to physical disability, grief, identity development, family and relationship issues, and spirituality. He works from an integrated holistic framework that incorporates person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented theories that values individual differences and diversity with the goal of identifying and developing personal strengths that will foster empowerment. Dr. Abels' personal enjoyment and wellness are promoted through music, University of Notre Dame football, laughter, pets, and exploring nature and the healing and calming splendor that it offers. His bucket list includes wanting to travel to Switzerland.