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Eliot Kaplan Psychotherapy, PhD, LCSW

With more than 25 years of experience, Eliot P. Kaplan has guided countless individuals, couples, and families in addressing challenging situations. He is the author of “Paradox Psychology: It's Not What You Think,” which offers unconventional strategies for bypassing defensive habits. He uses awareness and humor to develop a working alliance that strengthens client confidence and hope.

Specialties
  • Weight Loss
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Marriage and Partnerships
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I don't struggle to influence change, but rather help clients discover a new perspective through awareness and gentle humor that brings about change naturally and without effort.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After exploring various types of therapy, I was drawn to the alive approach of Gestalt Therapy, in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The advantage of this approach is that interventions often have a spontaneous and unexpected quality. Through my own work, I further expanded on these concepts and recently published, “Paradox Psychology: It's Not What You Think.” In my book, I resolve the mystery of how and why counterintuitive interventions work in down-to-earth language that both laypeople and professionals can understand.
What should someone know about working with you?
There is a myth that it takes a lot of hard work by the client for therapy to be successful. However, my years of experience has shown that the opposite is true. The process of real change happens in a flowing and relaxed manner, much like water flowing down a hill. By revealing how one keeps themselves stuck, we simultaneously indicate the “exit” that points to greater flexibility. It is a process that works effectively for individuals, couples, and families. As a result, I don't struggle to influence change, but rather help clients discover a new perspective through awareness and gentle humor that brings about change naturally and without effort.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am good at what I do and feel confident in my ability to help clients address their issues and reach their goals. At the same time, my interest in finding out “what makes people tick” always allows me to respect each client and their unique ways of coping in their given life situation. Even though I have many years of experience, I am often amazed by how much I continue to gain and learn from each and every client.
“Even though I have many years of experience, I am often amazed by how much I continue to gain and learn from each and every client.”
Interested in speaking with Eliot?