Cara Cassidy, LCSW


Counseling Approach

I use a variety of techniques and theories and select those that are the best fit for a given person and situation.  Because trust is the key to a strong therapeutic relationship, I emphasize establishing and building rapport with each person I see.  Even in the hardest of situations, individuals possess strengths that they may or may not be able to see.  It is important to me to identify those strengths and help clients utilize them to work on their problems or address their concerns.  I have a strong background in female-related issues and have research experience in psychopharmacology.  I meet with teenagers and adults and provide both individual and couples counseling.  


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.  Sprinkled into her other daily activities, Cara is a speaker for that National Association of Social Workers Illinois chapter where she provides continuing education seminars.  


Phone: 618-248-2040 x17


Location: Edwardsville


  • Teens (16-17)
  • Adults (18+)

Areas of Focus

Professional Experience

  • Individual, family, and group counseling in an agency and private-practice setting
  • Speaker for NASW
  • Crisis intervention
  • Associate 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