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Dan Kaplan

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Therapy Types

Schema Therapy, Trauma Focused, CBT

Connecting Mental Health Therapist

Client Groups

Adolescent, Adult, Individuals, Gender, Sexuality


416 Abercrombie St, Darlington, NSW 2008




Tuesday & Wednesday 10-5pm


Dan (She/They) is an experienced, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over nine years of experience working in clinical and community settings in Warrang (Sydney) and New York City. They have specialist experience working with LGBTQIA+ young people, dynamics of power and control, complex trauma, and homelessness. Their practice draws on Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Frameworks.

Dan is committed to using non-pathologising, empowering, and person-directed approaches to therapy. They are passionate about centering anti-oppressive practice principles in their practice, including social and racial justice, intersectionality, self-determination, transformative justice, and decolonisation. They are diversity- and sex-work-positive.

They believe a respectful, radical therapeutic relationship is more like walking alongside each other than a top-down power dynamic. Dan aims to create a safe, affirming environment to explore people's unique ways of being and knowing together, with empathy and curiosity, and help people achieve their goals.

Dan's lived experience as a polycultural feminine-spectrum person of colour, and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, gives them a nuanced understanding of the complex ways in which systems of power and oppression can impact the wellbeing of folks who occupy diverse intersections of identity and lived experience.

Dan acknowledges and pays respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land they are privileged to live, work, and create on.

Appointment Type

In Person, Telehealth


Batyr Australia
Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW
Expert consultant for STARTTS’ LGBTQIA+ refugee training advisory group (2018) and YFoundations’
ReCharge Youth Homelessness Conference panelist (2017)
Sanctuary for Families (NYC)
NYC Anti-Violence Project (NYC)
New York Dept. of Education, Elementary School 69 (NYC)

Areas of Interest

Young People
Complex Trauma
Suicide Prevention
Intimate Partner Violence
Diverse Relationships (e.g., chosen families, poly, kink etc.)
Social Justice, Intersectionality and Decolonisation


Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (April 2020)
Masters of Science in Social Work (Advanced Clinical Practice) - Columbia University School of Social
Bachelor of Arts (Hons. in Gender Studies) - University of Sydney

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