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Cara Macari

Cara Macari, LCSW

Clinical Advisor
Child Mind Institute


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Cara Macari, LCSW, an accomplished clinician and Child Mind Institute Clinical Advisor, has made substantial contributions to the field of mental health. Her expertise encompasses the evaluation and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, specializing in depression, emotional dysregulation, and post-traumatic stress disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is well-versed in evidence-based therapies like CBT, DBT, RO DBT, PMT, and TF-CBT, with a holistic approach that underscores the connection between physical and emotional well-being.

With experience in diverse healthcare settings, including pediatric hospitals, Ms. Macari has successfully treated medically complex patients dealing with various mood and anxiety disorders. Her work extends to children with physical and developmental disabilities and middle school social work, providing support to preadolescents in navigating familial, social, and academic challenges. Furthermore, she has organized socialization groups for students dealing with ADHD and emotional challenges.

Ms. Macari’s approach seamlessly integrates clinical practice and research, dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments aligned with client and family goals. Beyond her clinical work, she is a passionate advocate for public education, striving to destigmatize mental health diagnoses and enhance access to mental health services within communities and schools. She leverages her expertise through various platforms, including news, talk shows, and books, to promote these crucial issues.