Dr. Cara Loraw is a post-doctoral resident at the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health practicing under the supervision of Joanne Diacogiannis, Psy.D., ABPP. She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis and completed her APA-accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Dr. Loraw has training experience in cognitive behavioral therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Consistent with these models, she believes that avoidance and non-acceptance are pitfalls that create suffering, and works to address these behaviors and the thoughts that cause them. Dr. Loraw strives to create a therapeutic atmosphere that includes warmth, openness, and empathy so that her clients feel safe and respected. Her clinical interests focus on evidence-based treatments for psychosis, anxiety, mood disorders, and serious mental illness.
During her Doctoral Psychology Internship, Dr. Loraw provided psychological services at the First Episode Psychosis Clinic and the Acute Partial Hospital at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. She has been invited to provide trainings on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and to present on early intervention for psychosis at Grand Rounds at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. She completed additional pre-doctoral training in college counseling, inpatient hospital, and outpatient settings. Dr. Loraw is excited to be working with the team at CIBH and to provide a warm and open atmosphere for her clients to grow and live a life consistent with their values.