Maressa Nordstrom, LCSW

Maressa Nordstrom

In Brief

  • New Jersey licensed clinical social worker. Why a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
  • Graduate of the Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute, the country’s foremost OCD training program, sponsored by the International OCD Foundation
  • Certified by the Trichotillomania Learning Center
  • Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Behavior Tech, with extensive experience providing individual and group DBT treatment and co-leadership of a DBT-informed treatment program and consultation team.
  • Trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) for OCD by Dr. Elna Yadin, renowned psychologist and leading expert in the treatment of OCD, who co-authored the leading treatment manual Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  • Certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD; trained by Dr. Patricia Resick the creator of CPT and expert psychologist.

Ms. Nordstrom received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rutgers University, graduating with High Honors. She received her Master’s of Social Work at Rutgers University School of Social Work and was inducted into the Phi Alpha Honor Society.  She is a New Jersey licensed clinical social worker.

Ms. Nordstrom is expertly trained and experienced in using numerous evidence-based treatment modalities, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.  Previously, Ms. Nordstrom worked as a clinical social worker at Rutgers University Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatry Services. During her time there, she co-led the DBT-informed treatment program/consultation team and provided individual and group therapy for individuals presenting with a range of mental health diagnoses. While at Rutgers University, Ms. Nordstrom also served as a primary liaison for active military and veteran students, as this is an area of interest for Ms. Nordstrom.  Ms. Nordstrom provided staff trainings in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Working with Military/Veteran Populations, Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders, and Tobacco Cessation Treatment.  She also supervised early career and intern level social workers and psychology interns.

Prior to her position at Rutgers University, Ms. Nordstrom worked as a Mental Health Clinician within the Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) University Behavioral Health Care system.  She spent several years providing individual and group therapy for adults with mental health and co-occurring disorders in the Acute Partial Hospitalization Program.  Ms. Nordstrom also provided crisis intervention, clinical assessment, and referral during her time working for the RU-UBHC ESAP/Vets4Warriors Program.

Early in her career, Ms. Nordstrom specialized in treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.  She is licensed in New Jersey for Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling and is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.  Although this is no longer an area of focus for Ms. Nordstrom, this background and experience has proven invaluable in her professional development.  She worked for many years providing per-diem tobacco cessation treatment to individuals at the Tobacco Quit Center of RWJUH-Somerset. She also worked as a consultant providing individual and group therapy, as well as diagnostic and level of care assessments for adolescents and adults involved with the IDRC, Drug Court, and probation systems.  During and immediately following her graduate training, Ms. Nordstrom was an intern then Primary Counselor at Discovery Institute for Addictive disorders, providing individual and group services in both the inpatient and intensive outpatient programs.

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