Welcome! My name is Michael Kaplan, and I’m a licensed clinical social worker in Columbia, Missouri. For more than 15 years, I’ve provided counseling to help people manage life problems and feel more self-confident.

MichaelKaplanWhat brings people to counseling? Stress. Uncertainty. Apathy. Anxiety. Depression. Or sometimes just knowing that life could be better. Situations that bring people to counseling include relationship problems, loss, disability, chronic illness, existential concerns, and LGBTQ concerns, among others.

My goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment where you can express your thoughts and feelings and address issues new and old. My approach is tailored to your needs, drawing from models such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy. The process often involves both acceptance and change. In addition, we might use the practice of mindfulness to help foster calm and perspective.

I offer counseling to adults of all ages, college students, teens, and children ages 10 and up. I’ve worked with people on problems such as stress, worry, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, grief, anger, behavioral issues, and low self-esteem.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a first session, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

Thank you for visiting my website. I wish you all the best.

Free Consultation

Finding the right therapist for you is important. To help you do this, I offer a free 20-minute consultation by phone or in person at my office. This allows us both the chance to decide if my approach is right for you or your child. If you are interested in a consultation, please let me know when scheduling your first appointment.

A Note on Payment

I strongly believe that cost should not be a barrier to receiving quality health care, including mental health care. Therefore, I offer a sliding scale rate to those who cannot otherwise afford my services. This simply means that everyone pays whatever they can afford. If you are uninsured and in need of a reduced rate, please let me know when scheduling your first appointment. More information on rates and insurance can be found here.