George Stoupas

Assistant Teaching Professor

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Mailing Address: Department of Counseling, Box 7406, WFU, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Email address:

Office phone: 336-758-2321

Location: Carswell 224


Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Florida Atlantic University, 2016

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University, 2011

B.A. in Political Science & Classical Studies, University of Florida, 2005

Research Interests:

Addiction/substance use counseling; harm reduction; recovery identity development; spirituality; couples and family counseling; counselor beliefs/attitudes about addiction; attachment.

Awards (selected):

Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award, Palm Beach State College, 2018

Counseling Experience:

I have been in my private practice since 2013, now primarily providing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to individuals and couples both in person and online. I also have many years of agency experience as clinical supervisor and program manager for a non-profit residential substance use disorder treatment program. I love working with people and families who have substance use concerns, providing a strengths-based, affirming, and non-judgmental approach that prioritizes harm reduction and multiple pathways to recovery.

Certifications and Licenses:

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), North Carolina
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) Florida
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Florida
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Colorado
Qualified Supervisor (QS), Florida – MHC Interns
Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), Florida
Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Professional Membership:

American Counseling Association (ACA)
International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

Service (selected):

Editorial Board Member, The American Journal of Family Therapy, 2016 – present
Board Member & Past President, Rebel Recovery Florida, 2017 – 2020
Member, Behavioral Health Advisory Council, Florida Certification Board, 2017 – 2022
Faculty Co-Chair, Palm Beach State College Institutional Review Board (IRB), 2016 – 2021
Member, Faculty Development Committee, 2016-2019
Faculty Developer, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services program, 2017-2020
Member, IAAOC Legislative and Advocacy Committee, 2016 – 2018
Member, Counseling and Psychology Services Advisory Committee (CAPSAC), 2016 – 2017
Founding Faculty Advisor, Students for Recovery Club, 2015 – 2022

Recent Presentations (selected):

Stoupas, G. (2020). Classroom Behavior Rubrics that Enhance Feedback. Invited presentation to Palm Beach State College’s Professional Teaching and Learning Committee (PTLC), Lake Worth, FL.
Stoupas, G., & Duff, S. (2019). The Criminal History Exemption Process for PBSC Students. Presentation at Palm Beach State College human services students. Collaboration with the Florida Dept. of Children and Families and the Florida Certification Board. Lake Worth, FL.
Stoupas, G. (2019). Who are You: Writing Your Philosophy of Teaching. Invited presentation to the Adjunct Faculty Colloquium. Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL.
Cascio, T., Stoupas, G., & Pain, K. (2018). Students as Research Collaborators. PBSC Faculty Development Day. Lake Worth, FL.
Stoupas, G. (2018). Opioid Overdose Prevention & Naloxone (Narcan) Training. Workshop for students, faculty, and staff at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL.
Stoupas, G. (2018). Motivational Interviewing in College: Engaging Students in Change. Invited presentation to Palm Beach State College’s Professional Teaching and Learning Committee (PTLC), Lake Worth, FL.
Stoupas, G., Sperry, L., Binensztok, V., & Lipp, L. (2018). Evidence-Based Practice and Case Conceptualization: Attitudes in Training. Presentation at 2018 National Convention of the American Counseling Association in Atlanta, GA.
Stoupas, G., Cade, R., Page, K., Chasek, C., & Stare, B. (2017). Removing Stigma from Addiction: Language as Advocacy for the Counseling Profession. Webinar presented to members of the International Association for Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC).

Recent Publications (selected):

Chasek, C., Nelson, J. A., Cade, R., Page, K., Stare, B., & Stoupas, G. (2020). Advocating for adolescent substance use recovery: An alternative model. International Journal of Psychology: Biopsychosocial Approach, 23(1).
Stoupas, G., & Ocean, M. (2020). LGB addiction recovery and community membership. In C. Boyd & J. Whitman (Eds.). The therapist’s notebook for sexual and gender identity diverse clients. Routledge.
Ocean, M., & Stoupas, G. (2020). Exploring the concept of honesty with transgender clients in recovery from addiction. In C. Boyd & J. Whitman (Eds.). The therapist’s notebook for sexual and gender identity diverse clients. Routledge.
Stoupas, G. (2019). The borderline couple. In L. Sperry, K. Helm., & J. Carlson (Eds.). The disordered couple (2nd ed.). Routledge.
Stoupas, G., Binensztok, V., & Sperry, L. (2018). Spiritually based integrative case conceptualization. In C. S. Gill & R. Freund (Eds.) The intersection of spirituality and religion in counseling. Routledge.
Sperry, L., & Stoupas, G. (2018). Spiritual practices and interventions in recovery from addictions: Implementing focused treatment and growth strategies in psychotherapy. In T. Plante (Ed.). Healing with spiritual practices: Proven techniques for disorders. ABC-CLIO.
Sperry, L., & Stoupas, G. (2017). Incorporating mindfulness in secular and spiritually oriented psychotherapy: Ethical concerns. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 4(2), 152-15.
Stoupas, G., & Sperry, L. (2015). In L. Sperry (Ed.) Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An encyclopedia of conditions, treatments, and well-being. ABC-CLIO. Multiple Entries.


When not counseling, teaching, or writing, I spend time with my family exploring the woods, catching bugs, native plant gardening, and making our home comfy. I also enjoy portrait painting, running (slowly), and all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I’m a Donatello).