About & Fees

Meet John

Hello! I’m John Puls, LCSW, MCAP, the founder of South Florida Psychotherapy. I’m a Masters Certified Addiction Professional with the state of Florida and a licensed psychotherapist. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy.

At South Florida Psychotherapy, I empower teens and adults to initiate change in their lives with tangible life skills, individualized treatment plans, and evidence-based approaches. I specialize in providing individual, family, and group therapy for teens and young adults struggling with addiction, mental health distress, trauma, failure to launch, and family crisis. I also treat adults experiencing depression, anxiety, or unresolved trauma.

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Services 6 current service offerings in-office or telehealth
University Florida Atlantic University
Academics Master's of Social Work and Post-graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Licenses Licensed Psychotherapist (LCSW) and Masters Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP)

Why Choose South Florida Psychotherapy?

You may be wondering what exactly sets South Florida Psychotherapy apart.

  • A Custom Approach

  • Adolescent Specialty

  • Addiction & Substance Use

  • Marchman Act & Intervention

  • South Florida Psychotherapy is a small private practice operated by me. This means each client receives a custom, individualized approach. Treatment plans and session lengths vary for each client. There is no one size fits all approach.

  • Finding a therapist for your son or daughter can be overwhelming. Many teens are also not internally motivated to attend therapy. I’m experienced with adolescents and young adults to understand how to approach young people experiencing emotional distress, substance use, or failure to launch.

  • There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to substance use or addiction. I support multiple pathways to recovery and work with each client to determine what behavioral and lifestyle changes will help them achieve their goals. I’m a certified addiction professional with the state of Florida and have a range of experience working with individuals experiencing addiction or problems related to substance use.

  • I’m also very experienced with Marchman Act protocol and Marchman Act assessments. I work closely with local attorneys specializing in Marchman Act law. I also specialize in crisis intervention and family therapy. If you are concerned about a loved one, please contact me for a free consultation.

Fees and Payment Options

I charge a flat rate of $175 per 50-minute session. There are no extra fees for the number of individuals in a session. The same fee applies to individual, family, or couples therapy. I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. I do not accept insurance, but I can provide bills that can be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement. I offer a free 15-minute consultation to see if we would be a good fit, as well as to provide any recommendations or referrals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have any questions about the services we provide? Get the answers to our most frequently asked questions here!

Do you offer free consultations?

Yes, I offer a free 15-minute consultation to see if we would be a good fit, as well as to provide any recommendations or referrals.

How long does therapy take?

Therapy can vary for each person and it depends on the presenting issues. Therapy is a collaborative process - the length and frequency of sessions with always be a joint decision.

What therapeutic approaches do you use?

I always take an individualized approach with each client. That said, I have a post-graduate certificate in CBT and utilizes DBT skills, narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing. Additionally, I am trauma-informed and highly skilled in family therapy.

What if my kid/teen doesn’t want to come to therapy!?

Teens are often ambivalent about attending therapy. The majority of adolescents that I treat are not internally motivated to come. Through work and developing a relationship, adolescents can gain value from therapy.

Do you accept insurance?

I do not accept insurance, but can provide a super bill that can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement.

What methods of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.

COVID-19: South Florida Psychotherapy is open and accepting new clients. Telehealth services are also available.