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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 since 2014 small business owner. No matter which role I am in, I have learned that my passion is 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 am licensed in Clinical Social Work in NJ (1998) as well as am a Licensed Professional Coach (2013) and hold certificates and post-graduate training in multiple therapeutic disciplines including, but not limited to; Certification in Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Therapy (2019),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion Fatigue Professional Certification (CCFP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychology, Complex Trauma Level I & II (CCTP), Brainspotting Certification (BSP, 2019), Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine advanced training (NICABM) on Perfectionism, Trauma, Compassion-Based Treatment, and Complicated Grief. To get a better sense of the types of therapeutic approaches I use and what you can expect in treatment, you can go to link: counseling.

Author of Lose That Mommy Guilt, Tales and Tips from an Imperfect Mom, author of the chapter Coping with Discouragement, Building Self-Confidence in the book, Millennials in Wonderland, Coaching at the Crossroads of Life and Career, and spend time as a volunteer locally with the Chatham Mayor's Wellness Committee, as well as with the Red Cross as a Certified Red Cross Resiliency / Reconnection Mind-Body Facilitator.