Caroline Perlman Cahn (she/her) earned her MSW in family policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice where she focused on the functional approach to social work practice, cognitive behavioral therapy and structural family therapy.
After completing clinical internships at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, in substance use disorders, and at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, in trauma disorders, she then moved to Maryland where she began working at Sheppard Pratt in 1994. In addition to being the social work coordinator for several years, Caroline has worked with children, adults, and older adults at all levels of care with mood disorders, psychotic disorders, neurocognitive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders.
Caroline has a passion for working with adolescents and their families. She has spent the past 4 years as the clinical director at a longer-term residential treatment setting with youth who have experienced complex trauma. In addition to providing clinical supervision and training, Caroline maintained a substantial caseload and facilitated individual, group, and family therapy from an attachment perspective. Additionally, Caroline enjoyed working with individuals on the gender and sexuality spectrums and supported several families in working toward acceptance, validation, and compassionate understanding.
Although seasoned in several theoretical orientations, Caroline has joined the Bethesda Group to further her knowledge base in dialectical behavior therapy. She believes in presenting her authentic self in the therapeutic relationship and enjoys teaching strategies to further growth in and outside of therapy. Caroline views therapy as a collaborative relationship that offers compassion, mutual respect, warmth, and acceptance while helping clients to achieve their goals in a supportive setting.
When not working, Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies, cooking, and traveling. She is often seen playing with her overly enthusiastic golden-doodle, Poppy, and can personally attest to the greatness of having a furry family member. When feeling ambitious, she dabbles in gardening and home improvement projects.