Faulk Center for Counseling: Mission
The mission of the Faulk Center for Counseling is to promote emotional well-being through a variety of free and low-cost programs for counseling, therapy, and support.
At the Faulk Center, we provide a warm, accepting and confidential environment where people who are dealing with life’s problems are helped to make changes or to cope more effectively with things that they cannot change.
Since 1973 the Center has provided a variety of counseling services to people of all ages at its facility on Boca Rio Road and at outreach locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.
Mental health services are provided by graduate students pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral degrees in psychology, social work or mental health counseling, as well as clinical volunteers who hold advanced degrees in a mental health field. All graduate students and volunteers are trained and supervised by the Center’s staff of licensed psychologists.
Dr. Elizabeth H. Faulk, the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida, established a successful private practice in Boca Raton. In 1970 she founded the Elizabeth H. Faulk Foundation, a nonprofit charitable foundation, with this objective: “to provide free and low-cost psychological and mental health consultation services to the needy.” In 1973 she established the Center for Group Counseling, the service arm of the Foundation, to ensure that no one would be denied services because of an inability to pay.
In 2013, to reflect its 40 years of growth and expansion of services beyond the group model, the “Center for Group Counseling” became known as the “Faulk Center for Counseling.” In doing so, the Board of Trustees took the opportunity to honor its founder, Dr. Elizabeth Faulk.
The Center is located in Boca Raton on Boca Rio Road (south of Palmetto Park Road) in a custom-designed two-story, 16-sided building, which symbolizes the circle of group therapy. The Center provides counseling, therapy, and support to 2,000 clients each year.