John D. Kaplan, LICSW is the Founder and Co-Director of Marriage Labs and a certified Couples Communication Trainer. John was the Clinical Director at a community mental health center where he worked for over twenty years training therapists in Group and Family Systems work. He has been in the Mental Health field for over thirty years as a clinician, supervisor, and educator while consulting to various schools, parent groups, community agencies, and family-owned businesses. Gail Kaplan, LMHC is Co-Director of Marriage Labs. Gail is a nurse and psychotherapist and has been in private practice working with couples and individuals for over twenty years. Other areas of expertise include mind-body relaxation training, behavioral health management and women’s issues.
Founded in 1992, Marriage Labs is a comprehensive psycho-educational program for couples who want to improve the quality of their relationship. It can be utilized as Marriage Enrichment for those whose marriages have lost the excitement that once existed and for Marriage Assessment for those who are questioning the viability of their relationship. Marriage Labs is also particularly useful as a premarital program to help couples get off to the right start: a kind of Marriage Insurance. To achieve the optimum results from Marriage Labs, it is suggested that couples enroll in a “Boot Camp.” This is a short term series of sessions geared to looking at various aspects of relationship functioning. Current themes are explored along with each individual’s history in order to create a context for issues. During the time of the Boot Camp, couples are encouraged to enroll in a Couples Communication Course to learn a healthy model for adult conversation. Following the completion of the Boot Camp and the Couples Communication class, many couples elect to enroll in a Gender Dialogue Group which is a monthly seminar to discuss a variety of issues related to relationship. These serve as a booster shot to help reinforce the new and healthy patterns established during the course of Marriage Labs work.