Jim Probert, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Associate Professor


PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Florida.

Professional Interests

Dr. Probert works as an individual therapist and is coordinator of the peer support programs at UF. That role includes provision of rights-based professional trainings and co-facilitation of peer support groups, including Intentional Peer Support, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, and Experiential Peer Support. His 2021 article, “Moving Toward a Human Rights Approach to Mental Health” published in Community Mental Health Journal, highlights an in-depth description of these CWC programs. Before working at UF, Dr. Probert was training coordinator at the Alachua County Crisis Center from 1996-2001.

Approach to Therapy

As a therapist in a system concentrating on short-term therapy, Dr Probert works with a flexible focus which may include: a mindfulness approach to intentional living; mind-body healing and wellness approaches; grief work; existential/spiritual exploration; and personal and intergenerational/ collective trauma recovery/renegotiation. As an individual who identifies both as a professional and as a participant in the international service user movements, he works from a liberational, rights-based perspective–with an intention to acknowledge and respect each individual’s intersecting identities and freely chosen and developing worldview(s)–and supporting efforts to reclaim or maintain meaning, purpose, wellness, vitality, and community inclusion and engagement. 

Approach to Supervision

Most frequently, Dr. Probert provides human-rights-based professional training and consultation in both mental health reclamation/recovery and trauma-informed, recovery-oriented suicide prevention. 

Approach to Wellness

Dr. Probert’s approach: Practice meditation; yoga, walking in nature; journaling; various other conventional, traditional, and creative healing practices; care of the soul; and interspirituality. Spend time living with family and friends. Remember to laugh often. Play guitar and sing if possible.

Other Activities

Dr. Probert is working on a book about healing (and human rights).