You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

-Maya Angelou

Hello!  Thank you for your interest in learning more about me and Maximize Wellness.  ​​​​​My purpose is to help others successfully navigate through times of stress, feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, trauma, and day-to-day challenges.

I have spent many years in the healthcare industry in a variety of roles from Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, Pharmaceutical Sales Trainer, District Manager, and now business owner. No matter which role I am in, I have learned that my passion is helping others helping others be and feel their best.
​​I completed my undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1994 and my MSW from Columbia University in 1996, with a specialization in Health/Mental Health and minor in Law. I also have a certificate in Professional Coaching, Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Psychotherapy, as well as certificates and training in multiple therapeutic disciplines, going above and beyond the NJ LCSW licensing board requirements for Continuing Education. To get a better sense of the types of therapeutic approaches, you can go to link: counseling.

​I am also a mom of two amazing children. My experience as a wife and working parent motivated me to write Lose That Mommy Guilt to show new moms that we can be imperfect and still be great parents. 

Outside of Maximize Wellness Services, I work as a contracted Therapist with AbleTo (telehealth) and workshop facilitator with various employee wellness programs.  I volunteer locally with the 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™

Cara Maksimow, LCSW