How We Can Help

ANSWERS thru COUNSELING offers a peaceful environment

Where patients receive quality service that will enable them to reach their fullest potential of happiness, in a life that is deserved by all.

Anorexia / Bulimia

When you become so preoccupied with food and weight issues that you find it harder and harder to focus on other aspects of your life, it may be an early sign of an eating disorder. Studies suggest that 1 in 20 people will be affected at some point in their lives.

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Depression attacks all individuals and ages.The feeling is one of hopelessness, sadness, regret, feeling like there is no point to life or living. Depression is very common, yet many times not treated.Counseling aids and benefits tremendously.

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Behavior Therapy

Therapists apply behavioral therapy also known as didactic behavior therapy to assist parents with defiant children. Behavioral therapy starts with a daily schedule and a routine using a method of work then play. This method has been viewed on the hit show “Super Nanny”. The Concept is, complete your chores then get a reward; have free play time, or social time. If routine/ chores/ work isn’t completed the reward (money, stickers, movies, computer time) isn’t granted. We also work with how to deal with tantrums.

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Self Harm

Self-harm is the deliberate infliction of damage to your own body and includes cutting, burning, and other forms of injury. While cutting can look like attempted suicide, it’s often not; most people who mutilate themselves do it as a way to regulate mood. People who hurt themselves in this way may be motivated by a need to distract themselves from inner turmoil or to quickly release anxiety that builds due to an inability to express intense emotions.

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Anger Management

The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can’t get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.

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Relationship Counseling

Relationship counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Relationship counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or going your separate ways.

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About Us

ANSWERS thru COUNSELING opened its doors at 311 Claremont Ave. in Montclair on July 2011, where Gianna was the sole Counselor/ Therapist in assisting individuals in leading a fulfilling, functional, stress free life and self- growth. ANSWERS thru COUNSELING offers a peaceful environment, where patients receive quality service that will enable them to reach their fullest potential of happiness, in a life that is deserved by all.

Since opening it’s doors on July 2011, ANSWERS thru COUNSELING has had an overwhelming response and added a full staff of therapists, as well as  extending the hours of operation to day, evening and weekends to fit your busy schedule.

Our Professional and Caring Team

Gianna Caruso MS, LPC, ACS

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Felipe Alexandre MA, LAC

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Samantha Shultz LAC

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Jessica Connelly, MA, LPC, NCC

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Carolyn Demiro, LPC

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Jessica Alcius LSW

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Mandi Zucker LSW, CT, Grief Recovery Specialist

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Mental Health Conditions

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity.

Becoming bored with a task quickly.

Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or activity.

Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments.

Delay in language development, such as not responding to their own name or speaking only in single words, if at all.

Repetitive and routine behaviors, such as walking in a specific pattern or insisting on eating the same meal every day.

Difficulty making eye contact, such as focusing on a person’s mouth when that person is speaking instead of their eyes, as is usual in most young children.

ensory problems, such as experiencing pain from certain sounds, like a ringing telephone or not reacting to intense cold or pain, certain sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes.

Feelings of apprehension or dread

Feeling tense and jumpy

Restlessness or irritability

Anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger

Frantic efforts to avoid being abandoned by friends and family.

Unstable personal relationships that alternate between idealization—“I’m so in love!”—and devaluation—“I hate her.” This is also sometimes known as “splitting.

Distorted and unstable self-image, which affects moods, values, opinions, goals and relationships.

Substance abuse treatment typically refers to the process by which a person ceases abusing addictive substances, such as drugs or alcohol.

Treatment FAQs

Initial assessment

A face to face assessment that entails a conversation with a series of questions that will enable the counselor/therapist an understanding of what your counseling needs are.

A treatment plan

According to your assessment a treatment will be determined.

Treatment goals

Treatment goals will be determined and created by therapist and patient.

Therapy Sessions

A 45-60 min session dedicated to the patient with the therapists’ full attention, with positive regard, no judgments, and empathetic compassion.

Depending on progress of treatments, quantity of sessions will be estimated, and determined within the 2 sessions. However if symptoms continue, a new treatment plan or referral to another appropriate agency may prolong therapy.

Cost and insurance limitations may render less treatment plans.

Confidential Conversations

All conversations during therapeutic sessions are confidential, unless life threatening situations develop that alarm the therapist, such as, immediate threat to patient’s life or someone else.

Our professional therapists listen to you and your needs without biases. We are here to help alleviate some of your life’s concerns, assist in getting you get back on track, and to cope with your problems.

Payments for services rendered

At Answers thru Counseling your therapy sessions may be covered by “Out of Network” medical insurance, upon the deductible being met.

Fees can be discussed at time of the appointment. Our first priority is helping our clients and that may include different payment options. We accept cash, personal and insurance checks, major credit cards. We also offer our hourly fee on a sliding scale and payment plans for those who qualify.

Patient Documents

Please click below to download Patient Forms.

Health History Form
Registration Form



311 Claremont Avenue Suite 2A Montclair, NJ 07042


(973) 746-3366