Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Creative blocks & artists' issues
Andrew Kaplan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown Manhattan, specializing anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and life transitions. Andrew works with adults of all ages to help them overcome the barriers to living a full and authentic life. A professional writer, Andrew also has a special interest in helping individuals in the arts to deal with creative blocks and to manage conflicts between their artistic process and the rest of their day-to-day responsibilities.
Many of Andrew’s clients come in with stress related to work or relationships. Andrew collaborates with these clients to identify their core values, priorities, and beliefs — their true selves — and to distinguish this authentic inner voice from the self-limiting beliefs that clients have absorbed from society, family, and previous experience. This process, in which negative patterns are exposed and the client’s strengths are highlighted, gives clients access to the knowledge and courage they need to make the changes that they want.
Warm, direct, and supportive, Andrew is committed to helping clients live authentically and regain a sense of choice, power, and meaning in their lives. His office is conveniently located near Grand Central Station and the Bryant Park subway station.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress
Life transitions – Coping with changes in relationships, career, health, family, or aging
Creative blocks & artists’ issues – Exploring/overcoming obstacles to creative process; finding work/life balance; integrating self-awareness and compassion into goal-setting
Relationships – Understanding your wants and needs; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction
Existential challenges – Finding meaning and purpose in daily life; dealing with aloneness; persevering in the face of existential anxiety and meaninglessness; discovering personal freedom and responsibility
Depression – Dealing with symptoms such as hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Andrew is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Andrew can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Therapy is a gift that you give to yourself. It's about you: your hopes, struggles, concerns, and aspirations. In therapy we will work together to identify what you really want. We will uncover the patterns, perceptions, and inner voices that are blocking you from the life that you want. We'll also highlight your strengths - the core that can help you change. Throughout this process, I will give you the support you need to accept yourself, your experience so far, and your desires - your true self. From this acceptance flows the courage to look at and break old patterns, to build on your strengths, and to live life according to your own values."
Treatment approachesAccelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Offices of Dr. Reuben Castagno, 2016 - 2017
IDCC Canarsie Community Mental Health Clinic, 2015 -2017
Brooklyn College, MA in Mental Health Counseling, 2015
Cornell University, BA, 1982