Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Alan Zupka is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College, and is a National Certified Counselor. Alan is a member of The American Psychological Association, The American Counseling Association, The Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
Alan’s professional career spans 30 years before recently entering private practice. For 20 years, he was a corporate trainer specializing in employee motivation. He has spent over 25 years working voluntarily with individuals who struggle with issues of addiction and has spent the last year working as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment program in Winter Park, FL. Alan has actively supported the LGBTQ community for the past 30 years in Connecticut, New York, and Florida.
Alan regards his counseling philosophy and approach as holistic; addressing individuals’ concerns with their thinking, emotions, physical influences, and spiritual outlooks when treating the whole person. He favors supporting the client in the here-and-now, but will refer to their past with the hope to facilitate change for their future.
Alan considers his approach eclectic, meaning that he pulls from many disciplines. He utilizes Existential Therapy where the client attempts to find meaning in their life. He believes that all people are capable of change and will strive to become the best that they can be, which lies in the beliefs of Person Centered Therapy. Consequently, Gestalt Therapy is a factor in his approach because he wants to help and treat the whole person in the here-and-now. Through insight and use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, he works with the client on changing any maladaptive beliefs and/or behaviors.
Alan’s goal is to help an individual identify and focus on their personal goals by raising the individual’s awareness in order to discover their personal meaning, growth potentials, and psychological health. He sincerely believes that everyone’s spirituality, race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation must be valued, because all remain as vital components that compose who we are. Consequently, he applies his education, learned life skills, and unconditional positive regard in order to support the client in effecting their desired change.
Alan works primarily with adults ages 18-80 assisting with:
Issues affecting the LGBTQ community (coming-out, transitioning, relationships, HIV, abuse, and social factors)
Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar, cyclothymia)
Addiction issues (drug, alcohol, sex, gambling)
Adjustment disorder (stress, sadness, and hopelessness)
Career counseling (work-life balance, career transitioning, and career satisfaction)
Couples counseling (commitment, cooperation, communication, and community.)
Alan is under the supervision of Samantha Carver, LMHC