Luis G. C. OrtegaTitle: Staff Counselor
Office Location: Bell Hall 123
Phone: (269) 471-3470
Luis has worked with diverse populations presenting a wide range of developmental and clinical concerns, but has a special interest in working with young and middle-aged adults. He completed his doctoral practicum and internship at university counseling centers (Andrews University, Counseling and Testing Center; The Ohio State University, Counseling and Consultation Service) and served as a senior staff counselor and clinical supervisor at The University of Central Florida Counseling Center. Luis has also worked in private practice in Michigan and Florida.
His approach to counseling is an integration of psychodynamic, humanistic, and transpersonal therapies. These psychological models emphasize depth in personal life and relationships, the construction of meaning and purpose in life, and the search for transcendence, wholeness, and transformation. He also applies cognitive-behavioral strategies to assist individuals to improve their coping skills and reduce distress.
Luis was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Current Research or Professional Activities:
Luis is interested in the areas of clinical supervision, multicultural counseling, developmental transitions, the psychology of the religion, and the integration of spiritual resources in psychotherapy. He provides clinical supervision to mental health counseling interns and coordinates the Prevention & Wellness program at the Counseling & Testing Center.
Luis is a professional member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach. He holds the following professional credentials:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): State of Michigan
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) / Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors: State of Florida
Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S): State of Ohio
National Certified Counselor (NCC): National Board of Certified Counselors
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS): Center for Credentialing & Education (an affiliate of the National Board of Certified Counselors)