the family counselor.
Dr. George Stoupas
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Master Certified Addiction Professional
Strategic Guidance and Training
for Collaborative Change
Sometimes, families get stuck. This can happen at any point, but it often occurs during transitional times, such as:
starting a new relationship
the birth of children and parenting small kids
middle age career and life changes
helping grown children leave the home
adjusting to life after retirement
Other issues like addiction, mental health or medical problems, and financial worries add extra challenges. These times put the family's skills to the test. Our families are supposed to be places of safety and security. We expect to be able to count on one another. When we get stuck in the same "dance" of criticizing, fighting, avoiding, and withdrawing, it hurts.
Family Therapy Can Help
In families, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Some problems might seem like they belong to just one person in the unit, but our emotional attachments bind us together - whether we're in the same house or miles away. Family therapy provides an opportunity to come together and work things out. We build healthy communication and conflict resolutions skills, support one another in new roles, and co-design a plan for living that works for everyone. With a trained counselor, everyone can begin to voice their frustrations and hurts in a safe way. We shift from automatically reacting out of fear and self-protection, to responding with curiosity and care. Healing begins, and we can get unstuck, learn a new dance, and see each other in new ways. The family can finally move forward, better than it was before.
The Family Counselor
My practice is dedicated to helping families resolve these kinds of challenges. As a clinician, educator, author, and researcher, I've devoted my career to understanding how best to help families stuck in these hurtful cycles. I have over a decade of experience helping Palm Beach County families get through crises and stuck points to a place where they can solve their own problems again. While I am an expert in helping families affected by drug and alcohol problems (i.e. addiction), I work with a range of family and relationship issues. I help my clients understand how their past and current relationships shape how they cope with life, as well as identify interpersonal changes that will lead to individual health and wellness. I use techniques and ideas from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Structural/Strategic Family Therapy, and Gottman Method. As a husband and parent myself, I know that having a family takes hard work sometimes. You will not be judged here. Consider me your guide, ally, and cheerleader in the process of getting your family back on track.
Call or email to see how counseling for individuals, couples, or the whole family may help you!
(Please note: Messages will be returned within 24-hours. In case of emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department)
801 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 22, West Palm Beach, FL 33407