Jessica Kaplan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in East Greenwich, RI who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders among children, adolescents, and young adults. Her areas of expertise include generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias (this includes helping children who struggle with sensory issues), and mild/moderate OCD. She also has experience working with youth who are anxious or stressed in the academic setting specifically because of a learning disorder, or social pragmatic communication disorder. The majority of her clients are between the ages of 10-18 years old. If appropriate, Jessica may also conduct family therapy, or provide specific parental support for those families with children who are either not interested in therapy or not comfortable in the office setting.
Jessica uses a strong cognitive behavioral approach in her work with clients and their families. She focuses on teaching her clients specific coping methods that they can utilize when experiencing distress. Taking a client-centered approach, Jessica may also incorporate mindfulness practices and other treatment approaches if she believes they will be effective. For instance, she often uses ERP (exposure response prevention) techniques to help clients work through their specific phobias.
Jessica is an expert in her field and takes a flexible approach to ensure goals are being met. Ultimately, she wants her clients to leave feeling more in control of their anxiety. She completed her MSW at Simmons University. After graduating, she worked at the North American Family Institute (NAFI) Alternatives Residential Treatment Program, the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center and the RI Family Court (within the Mental Health Clinic) completing court ordered evaluations for youth. She simultaneously provided CBT for adolescents taking part in a research study called Project ITP and co-led groups therapies on healthy dating relationships for adolescents taking part in a research study named DateSmart. Outside of private practice, Jessica enjoys working collaboratively with local school districts to educate parents, teachers, and students on the many symptoms and strategies for coping with anxiety and stress. She looks forward to meeting you and your child.