Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT

Director, Faculty, Certified Alumni | she/her

Debra Lewis Kaplan is a member of the CMBM Board of Directors and Faculty. Certified in Mind-Body Medicine, she has trained health and mental health professionals in mind-body medicine, trauma relief, and integrative cancer care. Debra co-authored and implemented CMBM’s Professional Training Program for Children and Teenagers. She also leads Mind-Body Skills Groups for participants of all ages. She teaches in CancerGuides®, Healing The Wounds Of War, and Professional Training Programs. Debra has worked with 9/11 first responders and their families, hurricane survivors in New Orleans, Houston, Eskenazi Health, and school shooting survivors in Broward County, Florida. She has also trained professionals to work with children, teens, and adults in Israel, and now teaches self-care and mind-body medicine during the COVID-19 crisis

Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an integrative psychotherapist with a private practice in Plano, Texas. She is a board-certified Professional Counselor and holds Fellowship status with the American Psychotherapy Association. She is a Diplomat of the College of Mental Health with the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Debra has served on the Alternative Medicine Research Foundation Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of Directors for Aids Arms, and as a Trustee for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the CMBM CancerGuides training program and the Amuta for Israel CMBM.

Debra earned her BA from Brandeis University and MSW from Adelphi University. She has trained in mind-body medicine, imago, marital and family therapy, regression therapy, and play therapy. She has been honored by the Dallas Child Magazine, and received the University of Texas Service Award, Founders Award, and Service Award for Hadassah Medical Center.

Recent press

Helsinki Commission Briefing: Saving Ukraine's Children

In December 2022, James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and CEO of The Center for Mind-Body…

"Mindfulness Has Parallels to Indigenous Cultural Practices."

Given similarities between mindfulness and the traditional practices valued by many Native American tribal nations,…