The Center for Authentic Autonomous Relationships and Existence (CAARE) Counseling and Consultation, LLC officially opened its doors the beginning of February 2020, however, it has been the brain-child of its founder and CEO, Cameron Mazzeo, since he was a teenager. Finding little help grappling with his own sexuality, gender identity, and alternative relationship style was the seed for a mental health agency dedicated to celebrating individuals and families who choose to live outside the box. CAARE counseling is a small private mental health practice with the lofty goal of celebrating the unique qualities of all individuals and families who choose to embrace authentic lives outside of the monogamous, vanilla, cis-heteronormative narrative that is so often overrepresented in our society. While we make our services available to anyone who is interested, we primarily focus on the LGBTQ+, Ethical Non-Monogamy, and Sex/Kink positive communities. We embrace innovation while focusing on maintaining a safe welcoming environment for all people. CAARE Counseling continues to provide outpatient psychotherapy, transgender/nonbinary assessments and letters for medical treatment, and educational trainings and presentations for various agencies, both in person and remotely, throughout the state of New Jersey. While our beginning is certainly a slow and humble little seed, we continue to grow in hopes of one day blossoming into larger more accessible organization.
MSW / LCSW / LICSW
Cameron has been an out and proud advocate, educator, and mentor for the LGBTQ+ Community for the last 10 years. He has spoken before the NJ State Senate on behalf of the Babs Siperstein Law, presented for numerous mental health and substance abuse organizations about LGBTQ needs and disparities, has been a board member of the local PFLAG Chapter for the last few years, And part of the steering committee for the LGBTQ Older Adult Project through Monmouth University. Cameron has been a social worker since 2011, and finally obtained his NJ- LCSW in 2018 and MA-LICSW 2021. By then, he was already a fairly well known LGBTQ specialist in Monmouth County. Cameron's practice continued to expand to include non-monogamous and kink relationships. He uses a variety evidence based treatment modalities simultaneously to address the complex needs of his clients. His practices is guided by his values and beliefs in equity, body integrity, and harm reduction.
Our Mission is to improve the well-being of all individuals within the community regardless of their identity, relationship style, or intimate behaviors.
Our Vision is for all unique individuals to be able to access mental health treatment while feeling their authentic autonomous beliefs and experiences are not only respected but are deeply valued and celebrated by their providers.
MSW / LSW
Ericka is a dedicated and passionate licensed mental health clinician. Through her direct work in specialized schools as an on-site counselor and therapist, she discovered a great zeal for working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community beginning the process of transitioning. She earned both my BSW (2022) and MSW (2023) from Rutgers University, and went on to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in order to continue her work with these communities in which she is so passionate about. She holds a certificate in Promoting Child & Adolescent Well-Being, as well. She believes in empathetic, empowering, person-in-environment based therapeutic approaches that take into account that the client is the author of their own story.
MS / LAC / MAEd L.D.
Tom has been a teacher and award winning coach for 32 years in both the private and public school system holding Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership and Professional Counseling. Tom is a 2 time County Coach of the Year in Basketball and has worked as a member of his schools core team INRS team and is currently developing a mental health literacy course for his district. Tom has experience in group and individual counseling. Tom’s counseling experience includes counseling work with athletes, adolescents, college students, teachers coaches, lgbtqia addiction