My Approach to Helping
I use an an integrated, Relational, client-focussed approach using concepts also described in: Cognitive-Behavioural / Motivational work (Ellis 1997, Jacobsen 1995, Miller & Rollnick 1991), Narrative work (White 1990, Jenkins 1990, Avis-Myers 2004), Solution Focused work (De Shazer 1991, I.K. Berg 1993), Emotion Focused work (Greenberg & Johnson 1988, Greenberg & Pavio 1997) and Process-Oriented work (Shulman 1992, Teyber, 2000, Caplan, 2005). The Needs-ABC Model is distinguished by its emphasis on the emotion-focused relational needs behind maladaptive behaviours, rather than the behaviours themselves, and by its flexibility in terms of applications to clients in a range of personal and therapeutic settings.
More Info About My Practice
Tom Caplan, MSW, MFT is a licensed Social worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor, and psychotherapist (OPQ) in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. He is an Adjunct Professor at McGill University in the School of Social Work and consultant to the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic, Montreal Anger Management Centre and the Caplan Therapy Centre. He is also a designated expert in Domestic Violence for the Quebec Court System.
Tom does clinical work with forensic populations, is a consultant to the Caplan Therapy Centre and is the founder and a consultant to the Montreal Anger Management Centre. Tom is on the editorial board of Social Work with Groups, and on staff at the Cree Board of Health. Tom also presents workshops, gives trainings and lectures in universities, junior colleges and local community centers. He has participated in research projects in collaboration with McGill University, Concordia University, the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital. Tom is a certified marriage and family therapist and a certified marriage and family therapy supervisor (A.A.M.F.T.), a licensed Psychotherapist (OPQ) and a member of the Professional Order of Social Workers of Quebec (OTSTCFQ).
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Couple counselling - Marriage and Family therapy: Engaging couples and families in productive relational problem-solving is a speciality - especially in the understanding of negative relational triggers. Other specialities are general anger management, domestic violence substance abuse and family crisis (loss of a a loved one, work or school difficulties, career dilemmas, etc.).
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy can help clients to begin the process of reconciliation while supporting their relational assets. Psychotherapy in and of itself is not curative but can motivate clients to use productive strategies to deal with their relational concerns and improve motivation to continue the healing process once counselling has ended.