Cara Maksimow, LCSW

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 goal 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, (ACT, CBT, Compassion Fatigue, DBT, Clinical Trauma Based Professional Training, BSP, NICABM) 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.

Other professional I roles outside of Maximize Wellness' services, I am the author of Lose That Mommy Guilt, Tales and Tips from an Imperfect Mom, I work as a contracted Therapist with AbleTo (telehealth), volunteer locally with the Chatham Mayor's Wellness Committee, as well as with the Red Cross as 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™