Maria Cosentino


Maria Cosentino


Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
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1 Woodland Ave
2nd Floor
Paramus, New Jersey 07026

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My Approach to Helping

My almost 30 years experience working primarily with children, adolescents, and families define my approach. I worked for several years at NY Hospital Cornell inpatient with renowned psychiatrists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. I learned different approaches and philosophies that I utilize in my private practice. In order to achieve the most successful outcomes, you must utilize what works best for every child and family. In using one approach, a therapist limits their success rate. I additionally have worked full-time as a school counselor for about 15 years. I work with children, adolescents. teachers, and parents every day. I see a great many kids and know all the issues occurring at school first hand. I know how to direct parents with school issues, and have they can get appropriate services for their children. My number one strength is that I easily connect with children and adolescents. I can relate to them and have never had a kid not want to continue working with me. My office is warm and friendly and humor is my best friend especially with adolescents. I offer experience, warmth, and me. I am available outside of sessions and my families can call me anytime and always get a return call. I am devoted to helping my clients become more successful today, tomorrow, and in the future. It is difficult being a child or adolescent in the world we now live in. We offer a safe environment and a place where kids can be heard and know that what they say matters. Sometimes as parents we wait and hope things will get better, sometimes they do, but quite often things escalate and it then takes longer to make the changes necessary to be successful emotionally and academically. Let us help you help your family.

More Info About My Practice

At my practice, Bergen Alliance Counseling Services, we have several therapists, male and female who specialize in different areas of child and adolescent issues. We work with ADHD, OCD, PDD, Social skills, Anger Management, Loss, ODD, Divorce & Custody, Self-Esteem Issues, Bullying, School Refusal, Relationship Issues, Tantrums, Parenting Skills, Behavior Plans, In-home Observation, Shyness, Teen Issues, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse Awareness and Reconnecting with parents. We offer groups throughout the year. All of our therapists are warm, caring, and love what they do every day.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Social SKills, ODD, Spectrum Disorders, Depression, School Issues, Bipolar, Relational Difficulties, Coping Strategies, Custody Issues, Loss and all other child and adolescent related issue and concerns. Most importantly helping the child or adolescent like themselves again.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Italian

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Psychosis
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models

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