Dr. Jacob Kaplan is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group with extensive experience working with adults, children, and couples/families, dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties. He specializes in dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship challenges, identity development, issues related to gender and sexuality, life transitions, and trauma.
Dr. Kaplan works in an integrative system combining the insight oriented work of psychoanalytically influenced and psychodynamic psychotherapy with the here and now aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relational Therapy. Dr. Kaplan believes that successful therapeutic treatment comes from the expansion and deep understanding of our heart and mind, coupled with a solution-based treatment with direct action in the present.
Dr. Kaplan’s doctoral research specifically examined the relationship between Mindfulness and psychotherapy. This research comes out of a decades long practice of meditation and yoga. In some cases, Dr. Kaplan will teach and use mindfulness practices as a way of helping clients become more aware of their interpersonal patterns and also to help cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, and emotional disregulation. Through mindfulness practices, we can learn how to create and negotiate the space between our true self and the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can get in the way of the full expression of that self.
In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Jacob Kaplan has extensive background in Psychological and Neuropsychological testing and assessment. Dr. Kaplan has performed full testing batteries and written reports for adults and students in both public and private schools around the city, and has helped in diagnosing ADD/ADHD, Verbal and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, and other cognitive and emotional difficulties that are getting in the way of a child, adolescent, or adult reaching their full potential.
Dr. Kaplan received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City.