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

​​​​I am dedicated to helping others successfully navigate through times of stress, feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and challenge.

I have spent many years in the healthcare field in a variety of roles from Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, Pharmaceutical Sales Trainer, District Manager, and now business owner. I have learned that no matter what role I am in, I truly enjoy helping others be and feel their best.

I am a mom of two amazing children. My experience as a wife and working parent has also added to my ability to work with parents overwhelmed with the stressors of day to day balance. This motivated me to write Lose That Mommy Guilt to show new moms that we can be imperfect and still be great parents. 
​​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. 

Outside of Maximize Wellness Services, I work as a contracted Therapist with AbleTo (telehealth) 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™