Cara Maksimow, LCSW

​​As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I specialize in clinical therapy/counseling for life and work transitions, depression, anxiety and managing disease.  My approach is eclectic, using mostly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Practices. I am dedicated to helping others successfully navigate through times of stress and challenge with supportive, strengths-based and collaborative therapy.
I have spent many years in the healthcare field in a variety of roles from Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Director, Pharmaceutical Sales Trainer and District Sales Manager and now as a business owner. I have learned that no matter the role I am in, what I truly enjoy is helping others be and feel their best. 
I am a mom of two amazing children. My experience as a parent has also added to my ability to coach and counsel, specifically parents who are overwhelmed and feeling the stressors of work/life balance. I understand how much anxiety and stress goes along with balancing all that moms have to do each and every day.  My experiences motivated me to write the book Lose that Mommy Guilt
​​My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Rutgers University and my MSW from Columbia University, with a specialization in Health/Mental Health and minor in Law. I also have a certificate in Professional Coaching, Certification in Compassion Fatigue for Professionals and DBT. Currently I am in process of completing a Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Psychotherapy (estimated completion Fall 2019) with Nalanda Institute and PESI.

Outside of Maximize Wellness Services, I work as a contracted Therapist with AbleTo and workshop facilitator with BHS. I volunteer locally with the Chatham Mayor's Wellness Committee, Madison's Int-O Yellow Speaker Series, as well as with the Red Cross (Certified Red Cross Resiliency / Reconnection Mind-Body Facilitator)

If you are not sure about therapy or counseling just yet, feel free to connect with me on social media, attend a workshop, sign up for newsletter, check out resources or try out a five minute gratitude practice called Fill Your BAG Happy™