Cara Cassidy, LCSW

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Counseling Approach

Cara has a strong background in providing outpatient therapy in several work settings.  She is skilled in couples and relationship therapy and uses Gottman Therapy principles in her work with clients. Cara works exclusively with couples and accepts referrals from the Lawyers Assistance Program. Because trust is the key to a strong therapeutic relationship, she emphasizes establishing and building rapport with each person she sees.  Cara believes that even in the hardest of situations, individuals possess strengths that they may or may not be able to see.  It is important to her to identify those strengths and help clients utilize them to work on their problems or address their concerns. Cara has a strong background in female-related issues and has research experience in psychopharmacology.  


Cara began her career working with individuals who had been sexually assaulted.  From there, she transitioned to an inpatient psychiatric facility where she worked with teens and adults who were dealing with significant mental health concerns.  After this, Cara worked in a program that addressed both chemical dependency and eating disorders.  

In 2007, Cara begin seeing clients in an outpatient setting, providing individual and couples counseling at an outpatient group in Missouri.  There, she also provided clinical supervision and program development for the other therapists in the office.  While there, she began her teaching career at Florissant Valley Communicty College and later, SIUE. Cara has been a speaker for the National Association of Social Workers Illinois chapter where she has provided continuing education seminars.

Most recently, Cara has completed courses through The Gottman Institute and is working toward advanced certification in couples and marriage counseling. Cara is a Gottman Leader for The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work Couples Program and today Cara’s practice is focused on couples counseling and servicing client referrals from the Lawyers Assistance Program.


Phone: 618-248-2040 x17


Location: Edwardsville


  • Adults (18+)

Areas of Focus(Bold Denotes Special INterest)

Professional Experience

  • Level II trained by The Gottman Institute on couples therapy.

  • A Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Gottman Workshop Leader

  • Individual, family, and group counseling in an agency and private-practice setting

  • Speaker for NASW

  • Clinical Consultant for the Lawyers Assistance Program

  • Crisis intervention

  • Adjunct professor

Education and Credentials

  • L.C.S.W. in Illinois (What's This?)

  • M.S.W. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

  • B.A. from Southern Illinois Univeristy Edwardsville

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