Learn what assertiveness is and why it’s an important skill to cultivate. Develop strategies to help build and strengthen this skill, and overcome your anxiety in being assertive.

Cara Kraft, LMSW-CC
Cara Kraft, LMSW-CC
NSAC New York City

Cara Kraft uses a strengths-based, collaborative approach to help clients understand the negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs that have been inhibiting them from living the best version of themselves. Grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Cara works together with clients to create strategies that will lead to successful habit change, goal-setting and achievement, positive body image and self-esteem, and attaining a fulfilling, purposeful life and career.

Cara earned her Master’s degree from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work in 2020, BA from Boston College in 2010, and has completed training in CBT, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Trauma-Focused CBT, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. She has successfully worked with clients dealing with social anxiety, other anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, insomnia, and hoarding disorder.
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