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Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Honolulu, Hawaii

Providing a range of Psychological Evaluation and Treatment Services

Welcome to my practice!

Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan, Ph.D.

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Honolulu, Hawaii providing a range of psychological evaluation and treatment services.

Contact Information:
438 Hobron Lane, Suite 315
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 947-2205
akaplan@hawaii.edu

Bio & Credentials

  • Doctoral Degree: University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1999
  • Licensure: Hawaii Psychology Professional License (PSY729) valid and in good standing
    since July 2001
  • Member of American Psychological Association since 2001

A native of Palo Alto, California, I conducted my undergraduate studies at Pitzer College and then moved to Hawaii in 1992 to study Clinical Psychology. I was primarily interested in cross-cultural psychology, and traveled throughout Asia conducting research during graduate school. My doctoral dissertation is titled Ethnocultural Perceptions of Psychiatric Symptomatology in Rural Nepal.

I conducted my internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and then my post-doctoral hours at The Queen’s Medical Center, Family Treatment Center in Honolulu.  After working at Waikiki Health Center, I eventually started a private practice in my current location at Eaton Square in Waikiki.

My private practice consists of individual and group therapy, as well as an evaluation clinic. For many years, I have taken graduate students from Argosy University and University of Hawaii as practicum students and interns. They currently assist with psychological testing and co-leading group therapy.

I serve as the President of Aloha Toxicology, a Hawaii based toxicology laboratory serving doctors, clinics, and treatment programs in Hawaii. We use state of the art immunoassay technology and Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry in our laboratory.

I serve as the VP and Chief Screenwriter at Omega Film Ventures, a Hawaii and Nevada based film production company. Currently, we have several films in development that were written by me and OFV’s CEO & Executive Producer, Greg Andermann.

I currently reside in Honolulu, Hawaii with my wife Thuy, and son Zuriel.

Professional Affliations:

Evaluation

Psychological Evaluation

Patients are usually referred for a psychological eavluation by physicians, psychiatrists, social service agencies, attorneys, or they are sometimes self-referred. Reasons for conducting psychological evaluations include:

  • Diagnostic Evaluation. This is an in-depth evaluation to identify and clarifiy psychiatric diagnoses, especially around mood, anxiety, trauma, ADHD/learning disorders, problematic or unusual behvaior, stress, and more serious mental illness.
  • Personality Assessment, to better understand a person’s personality dynamics and how these affect the way he or she is coping with life.
  • Neuropsychological assessment, to identify organic brain problems that may stem from brain injury, alcohol/drug use, stroke, or other brain disease. A neuropsychological assessment generally involves administering a battery of tests aimed at assessing a patient’s level of functioning in various cognitive domains, such as attention/concentration, memory, executive function (e.g., problem solving), psychomotor speed and dexterity, psycheducational functioning, visual-spatial functioning, and other areas. The testing can often take up to 6-8 hours of face-to-face testing, although the testing can be broken into 2-3 sessions for your comfort and convenience. The goals of a neuropsychological assessment are usually to identify an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, to identify deficits related to brain dysfunction, and to provide treatment recommendations based on the results.

Psychotherapy

People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons to improve the quality of their lives. The following are common reasons for seeking therapy:

  • Spiritual/emotional growth and self-exploration, including identity development, professional development, and exploring barriers and paths to personal happiness and harmony
  • Depression, including feelings of sadness, grief, guilt, and shame
  • Anxiety, including worrying, fears of social situations, phobias, panic, obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Trauma/PTSD, including physical/sexual abuse, combat related distress, and stressful life experiences
  • Behavioral Health, including smoking cessation, weight management, management of unhealthy habits
  • Relationship issues, including couples/counseling, problems with intimacy, and interpersonal anxiety
  • Childhood/Family of Origin issues, which may be unresolved and creating barriers to happiness in relationships and with oneself.
I use a variety of psychotherapy techniques and approaches, depending on the needs of the individual. These may include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is used to learn how to identify and change unhealthy and irrational beliefs that lead to anxiety, depression, and other psychological problems.
  • Group Psychotherapy can be helpful to give and receive feedback to peers who suffer from similar problems.
  • Hypnotherapy can be helpful in reducing pain, physical/somatic problems, and unwanted habits.
  • Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is helpful in processing and alleviating distress around trauma/PTSD, fear, and anxiety.
  • Existential Psychotherapy is used for exploring “meaning of life” issues becoming more “grounded.”
  • Integrational Therapy explores and corrects Core Irrational Beliefs stemming from childhood. It also examines and addresses how people develop unhealthy Mind Tricks to deal cope with insecurities.

Biofeedback

What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback encompasses many scientifically based, self-therapeutic techniques that have proved successful when used by people suffering from a variety of illnesses and disorders.
A simple definition of biofeedback is that it is information—or feedback—about an individual’s biological functions. The basic idea of biofeedback training is to provide individuals with increased information about what is going on inside their bodies and their brains. By watching an instrument give continuous measurements of a bodily function, a person can experiment with different thoughts, feelings, and sensations and get immediate feedback on the physical effects.
Recent advances in technology have produced extremely reliable instruments that measure and respond to very slight changes in the body and are capable of feeding back via lights, sounds, and meters, changes in temperature as small as one-tenth to one-hundredth of a degree, or changes just one or two beats per minute in heart rate, or very small blood pressure changes and minute changes in muscle tension. With practice under the care and guidance of a trained professional, and with the data provided by the sensitive equipment, the trainee can learn to alter their heart rate, or modulate their respiration, or increase skin temperature in parts of their body, and ultimately learn to control their physiological reactions in the treatment of their disorders.

Location

My office is located in Eaton Square, at the Ewa end of Waikiki, near Ala Moana Shopping Center. It’s on the third floor of the tallest building in the Plaza.

If you are driving to my office, you may park in the Eaton Square Parking garage. I will validate your parking. Park on the third floor of the parking garage if possible, then walk directly into my hallway to Suite 315.

If you are walking to Eaton Square, enter through the archway into Eaton Square Shopping Plaza and walk straight ahead to the lobby and elevator. Take the elevator to the third floor, turn left down the hallway to Suite 315.


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Scheduling an Appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact me at the phone number or email address provided on the home page. Please leave a message or email me with the best number to reach you and I will usually call back within 24 hours on regular business days. If you leave me a message, it is very helpful if you can briefly let me know who referred you (if anybody), why you are seeking help, and what kind of insurance you wish to use for your treatment. When I speak with you, I will ask for some basic information about your reasons for seeking services, and I’ll be able to determine if I am able to assist you. Please note that you are welcome to contact me by email as well.

If I am not able to assist you, either because my schedule is full or because I do not feel I am the best fit you and your particular reason for seeking treatment, I will make every effort to refer you to a colleague who I believe may be a better fit for your needs.

Generally, appointments will last 60 minutes, and will be scheduled M-Th, 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.

Insurance/Payment

I accept insurance from most commerical carriers in Hawaii, including HMSA, HMAA, Tricare, UHA, MDX, Kaiser Added Choice, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield carriers. I will take other insurance plans, including Medicare, Medquest, and mainland insurances as space in my schedule permits.

Most insurance carriers cover around 20 psychotherapy sessions per year, though the exact number may vary between carriers, and may depend on your particular diagnosis. Other services, such as psychological testing and evaluation, are also generally included if prior authorization is obtained.

Many insurance carriers require a copayment for your visits — often between $8 – $25 depending on your plan. In some cases, especially with Medquest plans, there is no copayment. For uninsured patients, my current rate for standard psychotherapy session is $200. I offer a sliding scale fee depending on financial need and availability in my practice.