Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including the forthcoming Yoga & Psyche (Sounds True, 2018), the award-winning Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, 2010), the recent Proceedings of the Yoga & Psyche Conference (2014), the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment (Hohm Press, 1999), and The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher (Sounds True, 2011). She is founder of The Yoga & Psyche Method™ and The Yoga & Psyche Conference™. She has been teaching workshops and trainings at major retreat centers, online, and in yoga studios and universities throughout the world since 1997. For over a decade, Dr. Caplan was an adjunct professor and developed large public programs at The California Institute of Integral Studies, and taught at Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University.
Dr. Caplan’s psychological training spans over 20 years and incorporates traditional and alternative approaches to psychotherapy including: psychodynamic, gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic, and dialectical behavioral therapy. In 2010 she became a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner and integrates that modality into her psychotherapy practice. She currently works with individuals, couples, families, and supervision of other psychotherapists, as well as consulting with spiritual groups in crisis. Hablo Español.
Her articles have been featured in magazines and journals including Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, ReVision and Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. Her new ideas are published regularly on her Huffington Post blog. She is a regular guest on radio and TV programs on subjects of spirituality, psychology, yoga, and wellness. Her personal essays have received critical acclaim – including the satire Zen Boyfriends, which was transformed into a musical, and Death Has No Mercy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Death, which was featured in Best Buddhist Writings of 2006. Her books are translated in over a dozen languages.