Gregory Kaplan

Gregory Kaplan (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, PhD

Grow after trauma, abuse, neglect; manage anger; communicate better; navigate change, conflict; relate to someone w/ a personality disorder

Client Status

accepting clients

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At a Glance

Me

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2021

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Wicca/Paganism

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

My clients have experienced childhood or transgenerational trauma, abuse, neglect, and/or systemic oppression; cannot control anger or verbalize feelings; suffer shame; experience religious/spiritual/political change or conflict; and explore creative expression. I connect with students, activists, writers, teachers, creatives, techies, entrepreneurs. I attune closely to introverted, highly sensitive people and people relating to someone with a personality disorder. I enjoy working with families.

My Approach to Helping

We will go beyond relieving symptoms to unpack the sources of your life's pain and purpose. I listen attentively, with curiosity and no judgment, allowing your experience to unfold so we can sense into its uniqueness. I help you revise outdated patterns and repair old wounds that break through coping mechanisms and defenses into symptoms such as anxiety, depression, uncontrollable anger, toxic shame, unresolved grief, mood swings, and insecure attachments. You can adjust behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that were once adaptive and are no longer. You will rediscover flexibility and adaptability, resilience and grace—appreciating how to track and shift emotional states, what to say to a loved one, why to connect more deeply with or cut someone off (e.g., an abusive relationship), etc. I help families, polyamorous arrangements, and groups. By dismantling oppression, we can hear ancestral voices and intergenerational trauma that resonates in us all collectively.

My Values as a Therapist

My orientation to counseling and psychotherapy is psychodynamic, feminist, multicultural, anti-oppression, pro-justice, neuroscience- and trauma-informed. Prior to entering the counseling field, I had careers in academia and book publishing, which prepared me to engage and nurture people in a skillful way. My academic focus on philosophy of religion encouraged me to explore how people have made sense of their lives in the world. I experience privilege as an upper-middle-class White assigned-male-at-birth. I identify as a member of the Jewish ethnicity and the LGBTGEQIAP+ community. Since 2019, I have completed many therapy trainings in group work, trauma recovery, anger management, White (anti-)racism, Internal Family Relations, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I earned a PhD in Religious Studies (philosophy of religion) and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Family Institute at Northwestern University (2021).

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Family Conflict External link

    Families have a special place in my practice. They can be the most complex units and also the most generative because of their determinate historical--yet often not emotional and behavioral--structure. I am currently training more extensively in family therapy. I have worked effectively with several teenagers and young adults (ages 12-26) as well as parents and grandparents.

  • Anger Management External link

    I have had enormous success working with anger issues in individuals of all ages. Managing anger means using anger in an adaptive way, when it is appropriate and in an appropriate manner, not extinguishing it. More important, anger management involves tolerating uncomfortable feelings such as fear and sadness that anger tries to repress. I have trained in anger management from perspectives including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and somatic therapy..

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma is an acute or chronic experience (e.g. assault, abuse) that overwhelms our ability to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, throws us off-kilter, and puts us into survival mode. It can leave our relationships and nervous systems in need of a way to recover, right our balance, and function healthily again. Symptoms include intrusive thoughts of harm and distressing memories, being. With adaptation and resilience, most of us are able to grow beyond the most grievous wounds.

  • Spirituality External link

    Religion & spirituality are potentially helpful or harmful, sources of distress and stress or solace and sustenance. They can impede or foster resilience. Broad and open, religion/spirituality can nurture purpose and connection to other beings and a greater power than our selves; narrow and rigid, it can induce anxiety and shame. Interventions will develop internal and external support systems, explore beliefs that admit suffering, enhance joyful feeling, strengthen social connection.

  • Political Climate External link

    My lifelong commitment since studying for a PhD in comparative religion has been focused on value conflicts and how to navigate them. In the past several years, divisions between political values in U.S. culture have widened considerably. Such divisions have split apart marriages, families, and workplaces. There are more and less effective ways of navigating the conflicts if not resolving them. My process honors difference and holds people to account. I am trained in Nonviolent Communication.

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