Maria Cosentino LCSW
Maria Cosentino MA, LCSW
Licensed School Social Worker, Certified LSW & LCSW Supervisor &School Counselor/Social Worker
Maria MA, MSW, LCSW, is the accomplished founder and Clinical Director of Bergen Alliance Counseling Services LLC, in Waldwick and in Garfield, NJ. Ms. Cosentino is a highly trained clinician with a Master's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Counseling Psychology. In addition, she continued her training at Rutgers University School of Social Work and achieved her Masters of Work, (MSW) and is currently a Clinical Licensed Social Worker(LCSW). Ms. Cosentino is a certified Supervisor for LSW and LSCSW candidates, enjoying her work supervising others in the field.
Outside of her practice Ms. Cosentino continues to work in a Bergen County School District as a Certified School Counselor. She feels it is important to continue her work in a school setting so that she can offer the children and families she sees a therapist who understands the school system, children, bullying, and how school administrations work. She is able to guide families in how to protect their children and help get them the services that they need. Ms. Cosentino works with Attorneys specialized in cases regarding Special Services and School Bullying. Ms. Cosentino also works closely with a Child Psychiatrist and can facilitate immediate appointments as needed with a physician.
Maria has worked in Mental Health and with families for over 25 years in a myriad of areas. She worked as an inpatient Mental Counselor at New York Hospital Columbia Presbytarian for several years gaining experience and expertise in Eating Disorders, Depression, OCD, ODD, Borderline Disorders, PDD, Anxiety, Adolescent Issues, Child Issues, Bipolar in children and Adults, as well as many other areas of mental health. She worked closely with authored Psychiatrists who were most prominent in their fields.
Maria also worked with the ARC of Bergen and Passaic County as a Behavior Specialist. She trained staff to work with individuals with Developmental Disabilities as well as she writing behavior rehabilitative plans to be used to modify difficult behavior while respecting the rights of each and every individual.
Maria opened Bergen Alliance Counseling Services almost 10 years ago, and the practice has expended in offering more services and a second location. Maria is devoted to each and every family that comes in the door and is available 7 days a week for consultation, advice, or emergencies. We are with the families as they work through difficult issues as a family or individually. We offer a warm and friendly environment.
Maria works primarily with children and families, but additionally works with individuals, couples, groups, divorcing couples, and child custody issues. Maria has devoted herself to help all her clients find better alternatives in their lives and to live emotionally balanced and healthier lives. She works to empower children, individuals, and families so that they are in control of their lives. Maria comes across as friendly and genuine as she works with her clients. She often uses humor in her work to lighten the moment and to make her clients feel at ease. Every family that comes to us always refers others which shows us that we do what we do well.