Director + psychologist
In 1991, I earned a B.A. in Asian Studies (Japanese) from Tufts University. After spending a few years working in law, I later earned both my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA.
As a clinicial psychologist, I specialize in the treatment of New York City professionals, couples, and young adults. For over 15 years, I have cultivated expertise in the use and integration of various healing approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and mindfulness and meditation. I've achieved Diplomate status in cognitive therapy, and incorporate evidence-based treatments in my work as a therapist.
I’ve also been active as a professor, writer, and clinical supervisor. In 2010, I wrote my first book, Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All. This book provides practical tips for stress relief based on the difficulties and opportunities available to those of us who live and work in the city. In addition, I have written a couple self-help quizzes on emotional health for O., The Oprah Magazine. Over the years, I have been interviewed on the topic of mindfulness by NPR, SiriusXM Radio, PBS, WGN, BBC, MSNBC, and local radio stations across the country. I also teach a popular, semester-long course, Mindfulness and Meditation in Psychology, at The New School for Public Engagement. I have presented my work to professional audiences as well (including a Grand Rounds talk at Montefiore Medical Center on the historical origins of mindfulness) and led trainings at Amazon Web Services, CUNY, NYU, Bellevue Hostpital, and elsewhere.
In 2014, I co-authored a book on love and relationships from the perspective of modern behavioral analysis, entitled ACT and RFT in Relationships: Helping Clients Deepen Intimacy and Maintain Healthy Commitments Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory. This book is written for professional therapists interested in helping couples strengthen their relationships.
Since 1999, I have been meditating regularly and frequently incorporate it into psychotherapy. Several years ago, I became interested in Buddhism and started practicing meditation within the modern vipassana tradition. My participation in retreats led by Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, Bikkhu Analayo, and others has led to personal insights and deepened my understanding of the ameliorative properties of mindfulness. Gratefully, I have been invited to share my perspectives through talks at The Interdependence Project, NY Insight, and the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.
Here is a selected list of some additional credentials, awards, positions, and accomplishments. For a more detailed list, you can view my entire resume here: Dr. Kaplan CV
Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Early Career Award, American Psychological Association, for “impressive contributions to the profession and helping students learn more about the mind-body connection”
Founding Fellow, New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association
Adjunct Professor, The New School for Public Engagement
Visiting Scholar, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teacher's College, Columbia University
Clinician of the Month, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies