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Gretchen Raring, LICSW, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

My name is Gretchen Raring and I am a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-NJ, FL, AZ & ND, LICSW-MA). I received my Master's Degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. 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 on what will be effective. This may include humanistic therapy, CBT, trauma recovery model, supportive therapy, psychodynamic, integrative and/or emotion focused therapy. Please reference the full list below of the different therapeutic approaches that I use depending on the goals that are established together 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 therapies 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.


Professional experience

24yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, 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, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, 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

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

MA LICSW 124622

ND LCSW 6418

AZ LCSW LCSW-21898

FL LCSW SW15156

NJ LCSW 44SC05318800

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Gretchen Raring. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Very empathetic, attentive, and knowledgeable. You're in good hands.

Written on Feb 21, 2024 after therapy with Gretchen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Gretchen Raring has worked with me a long time now. I feel very supported, and I am glad when she suggests new ways of working, such as the Journal tool, which after I fill it out, I share with her, and she always writes back. Things have changed a lot for me over the last couple of years, and Gretchen is always able to respond to whatever I have going on and help me get through it!

Written on Feb 14, 2024 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

Working with Gretchen this past year put me on the path for maintenance rather than needed therapy for crisis mode. She helped me identify and develop the tools to manage my ocd, anxiety and keep from falling into depression. Thank you Gretchen!!

Written on Jan 14, 2024 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel very supported and comfortable during my sessions with Gretchen. She’s always go above and beyond and offering resources to help.

Written on Dec 20, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

Gretchen is a very professional and caring therapist. Known her now for over 2 years.
Not that needed that much time.
But turned to her twice in that time for help

Written on Nov 19, 2023 after therapy with Gretchen for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

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