Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience in a variety of clinical setting with diverse clients. The first ten years of his clinical career was in community mental health and he then spent the next decade working in forensic psychology including being the clinical director of a dual diagnosis residential treatment center. Throughout this time he was a part-time faculty in a variety of institutions, including Naropa University for twenty years, and has directed the Group Psychotherapy Training Program at the University of Colorado for the last twelve. He is currently the lead of Saybrook University’s Existential and Humanistic Psychology Specialization. His practice focuses in leading process, training, and consultation groups for other clinicians and professors.
Dr. Kaklauskas is a founding board member of the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society and the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Psychology and Counseling Association. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, as well as serving on a variety of national tasks forces and committees focusing of the topics of psychotherapy research and diversity. Dr. Kaklauskas publications include being the primary psychological consultant and on-screen presenter for the best selling three part video series, Hooked: The Addiction Trap. He loves to collaborate and has co-written articles and book chapters with more than fifty distinct authors as well as publishing more than a hundred other authors in his edited books. His academic writing covers a wide range of topics including existentialism, transpersonal psychology, mindfulness, and integrating empirical research into psychodynamic and humanistic oriented clinical practice. He has co-edited multiple psychotherapy textbooks, Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy, Existential Psychology East-West (Volume 1), Shadows & Light: Theory, Research and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology (Volumes I & II), and, most recently, Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy: An Integrated Theory, Research, and Practice Training Manual that is a the launch book of Routledge Press’s new group psychotherapy series and joint project of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Certification Board for Group Psychotherapy.
Outside of his professional work, Dr. Kaklauskas enjoys playing jazz bass, engaging with his family and local community, and walking his poodle-mixes in the Colorado Wilderness.