Dr Ryan Kaplan
Be Psychology & Mental Health
Director & Clinical Psychologist
Swinburne University of Technology
Researcher - Honorary Appointment
I am a clinical psychologist and researcher in psychology and neuroscience.
In my clinical work, my guiding philosophy is that therapy should be both personalised and evidence-based, and underscored by a strong rapport. I strive to ensure that the therapy "space", psychologically but also physically, is one in which clients feel supported, heard, and understood. I draw on a number of different evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches to help my clients achieve their therapy goals.
My research interests include, among other things, body image (with a specific focus on body dysmorphic disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. Studies I’m currently conducting include an investigation of a pharmacological treatment for body dysmorphic disorder, and experimental investigations of factors that may contribute to paranoia symptoms in psychosis.
Generalised anxiety disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder
Sleep disorders and problems
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Psychotic and bipolar disorders
Weight and body image problems
Grief and loss
Adjustment to major life changes
Coping with stress
Men's mental health
Women's mental health
Youth mental health
Career and vocational issues
Executives & high net-worth individuals
Existential worries and concerns
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can be a very distressing and debilitating condition. People with BDD perceive one or more aspects of their appearance to be flawed or physically unattractive, usually when no such flaw is apparent to others. A wealth of evidence shows that when treated by an experienced clinician, BDD can respond well to psychological therapy, especially CBT.
Men's Mental Health
While it's no secret that men's mental health is a big issue, many men secretly struggle with mental health. Statistics show that men often don't seek help for emotional or personal difficulties, and often feel ashamed about these difficulties. In the world of psychology practice, it's critically important that psychologists approach therapy in an appropriate way when working with male clients.
At its core, existential psychotherapy is concerned with the big questions: life meaning, the inevitability of death, loneliness and isolation. and the challenges that come with our freedom. Through exploration of these issues and how they may be contributing to our difficulties, we can grow towards self-acceptance, more authentic living, and a life that is more enriching, enjoyable, and fulfilling.