Education Experience


Constance Kaplan, LMFT (MFC 33021) received her Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University, her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, her post graduate training in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (aka The New Center for Psychoanalysis), and her Senior Approved Consultant and Training status in Attachment-Focused EMDR from The Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR. She began her EMDR training in 2004 and earned her Certification and Approved Consultant status from EMDRIA.

Constance is a Parnell Institute Senior Approved Consultant, Senior Faculty of the Parnell Institute, and Trainer in Attachment-Focused EMDR Basic Trainings Parts 1, 2, and 3. She has trained clinicians nationally and globally. She is co-director of the Training the Trainer Program at the Parnell Institute. Constance was a keynote presenter and instructor at the 2017 first annual Parnell Institute Innovations in EMDR Conference at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, CA, 2018 at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York, 2019 in San Francisco, and 2021 at the Virtual conference.  Ms. Kaplan is a contributing author, Rewiring the Addicted Brain: An EMDR – Based Treatment Model For Overcoming Addictive Disorders (Parnell, 2018).

Constance is former facilitator and founding President of the Board of the Trauma Resource Institute, as well as, former President of the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought of Southern California. By invitation, she served on two committees at the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is also trained in Integrative Somatic Therapies to alleviate the physical and emotional dysregulation that results from past and present trauma. She has served on various trauma relief teams, facilitated Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) trainings and provided onsite trainings to first responders and mental health professionals around the country.  During her early training, Ms. Kaplan provided therapy to patients and education to medical residents at Santa Monica Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. She also provided therapy to the Los Angeles community at the Los Angeles Free Clinic. 

She is a member of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, (CAMFT) and she serves on the alumni undergraduate admission committee of Tufts University.