Margarita Baldeo, LCSW graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus, in 2005 with a B.A. in Social Work. She continued her education at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work in New Brunswick, NJ. where she received her Masters in Social Work in 2006. In 2016, she completed the Play Therapy Training program at Monmouth University. In 2021, Margarita completed the School Administration-Principal certification through Thomas Edison-NJEXCEL program. Along with working in private practice, Margarita is a full time Director of Special Services in a public school district where she is responsible for the implementation and compliance oversight of IEPS, 504 plans, and the response to intervention process. Margarita is well versed in the N.J.A.C.6A:14 Special Education Code, programs, services, and a variety of disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia to name a few.
Upon completion of graduate school in 2006, Margarita worked as a Child Study Team Social Worker supporting students with special needs, behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, and mental health disorders, followed by moving into a director role. On a part time basis, she joined Princeton House’s Intensive Outpatient Program as well as PEI Kids Inc. where she worked extensively with children and adolescents suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Lastly, Margarita has also worked extensively with women experiencing prenatal/postpartum stressors, trauma, abuse, and perinatal mood disorders. She is currently completing the training required to be a certified perinatal mental counselor.
Margarita’s passion is to provide support to children, families, and mothers who are at risk.
Margarita is a proud mother of three and dedicated clinician. She is bilingual and fluent in both English and Spanish.
Therapy modalities include CBT, DBT, Play therapy, and Solution Focused.
A Word from Margarita:
“During your visit, children and families will be welcomed into a supportive, non judgemental, and accepting space that will encourage self discovery and provide coping skills for your life journey. As a therapist, I strive for clients to feel seen, heard, respected, validated, and hopeful throughout the counseling process. My therapeutic mission and beliefs are that children and families deserve the compassion and the support of a village. As a bilingual and bicultural therapist, I firmly believe that mental health services should be accessible to all children and families regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and I strive to utilize a humanistic approach when meeting clients where they are in the therapeutic process.”