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Cara L. McCloud, LCSW
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of New Jersey, license number 44SC05473700. The process of obtaining a LCSW involves successfully completing 1,920 supervised hours in the field post-Masters providing therapeutic services under the direction of an LCSW clinician, as well as passing the State clinical social work boards.
I obtained my Masters of Social Work with a concentration in children and families from Rutgers University School of Social Work. This accredited program is well-known in the field for meeting the highest standards of clinical training. Obtaining a Masters from this program required several internship experiences in the field and spending 1,125 hours providing direct service under the training of licensed professionals in the field of social work. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Felician College.
My work experience has encompassed women's issues, adolescents, trauma, bereavement, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, relationships and children.
In addition to my private practice, I work as a School Social Worker at Windsor Learning Center in Pompton Lakes, NJ where I provide counseling services to children with developmental disabilities. I also have many years of experience working in non-for-profit environments that serve the mental health needs of the community. I have helped clients heal in a variety of settings and have worked with clients in managing chemical and behavioral addiction. I also have worked with children and families who are involved with the Department of Children and Family and who suffer from a variety of mental health symptoms such as domestic violence, childhood abuse and trauma. I have also had clinical experience supervising masters level therapists in therapeutic intervention, case formulation, and ethical and legal issues.
I specialize in psychotherapy that is both insight-oriented and goal-directed. Areas of expertise and experience include:
- Marital, premarital and couples counseling
- Adolescent and Childhood Mood Disorders
- Concerns about a child's emotional growth and development
- School resistance, phobias, and/or behavioral issues
- Parenting Children and Teens
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Anger Management
- Family Conflicts
- Self Esteem
- Grief Counseling
- Work/Life Stress
- Life Transitions