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Cara Donnelly-Justus, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and Virginia

Cara Donnelly-Justus (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works from a psychodynamic and attachment-based lens. Taking a holistic approach to therapy work and seeking to genuinely understand each person within their environment allows Cara the opportunity to collaborate with clients most effectively along their healing journey.

Cara greets clients with warmth and approaches therapy sessions in a way that matches a client’s needs and goals. She is known to start a session by offering a cup of coffee (or tea, or a drink of your choice!) and sit down in open conversation steered by your needs at that moment. Laughter, tears, grief, and joy are some of the many welcomed and honored emotions in the therapeutic space.

Sessions often include exploration of relationships, making meaningful connections between the past and present, building skills for emotional resilience and self-empowerment, setting goals for improved communication and overall quality of life, and calling on client strengths to support forward movement towards goals. Cara is also happy to “nerd out” with clients about neuroscience, the impact the central nervous system has on mental health, and any other bits of psychoeducation she can share about the mind-body connection.

Cara works with children, teens, and adults of all genders who experience issues with anxiety, depression, mood regulation, self-harm, symptoms of PTSD or Complex PTSD, family challenges, and people who are in recovery from a substance use disorder. She delivers therapeutic services based on her extensive training and knowledge in trauma-informed care, DBT Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and CBT Therapies, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Substance Use Disorder and Relapse Prevention Interventions, and School Refusal Interventions.

Cara earned her master’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work as a SUDIF (Substance Use Disorder Interventions Fellowship) Fellow and earned Clinical Social Work Student of the Year upon graduation. Cara has since managed a comprehensive DBT Program, and is currently the Clinical Director for Outpatient Programming for adolescents, when not at Good Company.

Cara loves spending time with her Australian Shepard, walking in nature, singing, and sipping on warm tea or coffee whenever she gets the opportunity. She deeply values the joys found in living and seeks to encourage others to find their joy by working with them to access mindfulness, balance, and peace of mind in day-to-day moments.

If you’re looking for a therapist, Cara is Good Company!