My name is Gretchen Raring and I am a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-NJ, FL & ND) and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker(LICSW-MA). I received my masters degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have over 20 years experience of specializing in treatment, outreach, and engagement with the mental health, addiction, homeless, incarcerated and/or veteran's population. Clinical managerial and program development experiences focusing on the seriously mentally ill involved in the Criminal Justice System. My key strengths are successful in outpatient therapy, community outreach, community collaboration leader, and history of successful program development.
As a therapist, I believe in therapeutic relationships based on deep acceptance, warm regard and collaboration towards personal development. In my work with individuals, teenagers, young adults, families and couples, I use an eclectic approach depending what will be effective. This may include CBT, DBT, trauma recovery model, supportive therapy, psychodynamic and emotion focused therapy. Please reference the full list below of the different therapeutic approaches that I use depending on the goals that are established in therapy.
I specialize in the treatment of mood and adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss and PTSD. Please see the full list below that outlines what areas of experience I have in regards to the different types of treatments provided. I recognize and respect the courage it takes to make that first step and seek help, and it is a priviledge to me to accompany you/couple/family on your journey.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
FL LCSW SW15156
NJ LCSW 44SC05318800
MA LICSW 124622
ND LCSW 6418
I have worked with Gretchen Raring for more than a year now. I find that she is very responsive and in-tune with whatever is happening in my life. I had a recent experience that scared and upset me, and she dialogued with me immediately through the site, it was all resolved by the time we met the next day. It is great to know that I have someone who knows my story, and will be there for me when I need them.
Written on Sep 18, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem
Gretchen is the absolute best! She is caring, kind, thoughtful & always willing to help! I can’t recommend Gretchen enough for others. She’s a wonderful person to have in your life! :)
Written on Jul 10, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Gretchen is awesome. She is knowlegeable, compassionate, and is in tune to my needs. Highly reccommend!
Written on Apr 29, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, and coping with life changes
She is the first therapist I actually stuck with. I have had bad experiences with other therapists on here but she is awesome.
You can count on her to get back to you quickly by messaging and she's right on time for sessions.
She's very empathetic and knowledgeable when it comes to trauma therapy. She is not a short term therapist that will leave you in the middle of your therapeutic journey. I definitely would recommend her to anyone needing therapy.
Written on Mar 12, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I worked with Gretchen briefly. She responded to messages timely and shared articles that addressed my panic attacks. It helped me manage my panic attacks effectively. She listened carefully and were very empathetic during our live sessions. I appreciate her help and would highly recommend her to others.
Written on Mar 01, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and intimacy-related issues
I like how she makes me feel comfortable, helps me be more open and expressive about my thoughts. Thank you Gretchen!
Written on Feb 02, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues