Hello! My name is Justin Carotti, LCSW. Please know that I have a profound respect for anyone who is courageous enough to seek support.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Milford, CT
Feeling anxious can leave you feeling hypervigilant, scared, and stuck. Sometimes it can even cause depressive symptoms to arise if you start to avoid things that you later feel ashamed or guilty for missing or skipping. I use both exposure therapy and CBT interventions in my work to support those suffering from anxiety to help move towards the things they are afraid of in a supportive, manageable and clinically relevant way.
A successful coach builds relationships of trust first. While the stereotypical view of a coach may be one that emphasizes "winning" or that conjures up images of a sidelined person offering up maddened directions to players; my style and approach to coaching breaks that mold. I have a background in career coaching as well as sports/performance coaching that can deliver a balanced approach to those looking for either or both of those services. Let's work together to achieve your goals.
We are a product of our environments and the environment that we are most influenced by is that of the family. As a trained Multidimensional Family Therapist I view my client's experiences through a systemic lens. Each person operates within a system (ie: family, community, society) and that system in turn influences the individual. While my focus is almost always through an individual lens, it is important to remain cognizant of how systemic forces impact each person and their process.
Everyone is motivated by something, it's just that sometimes what others want for us isn't exactly what we want for ourselves. From challenging adolescents, who appear not to care about doing what parents/teachers are asking, to those suffering from symptoms of anxiety/depression, and those struggling with substance use and abuse, motivational interviewing looks build an environment of empathy and client empowerment where critical questions and reflections can create insight and spark change.
From my work in public and private schools, to residential care, to outpatient settings, I have seen first hand the challenges that come with navigating a transition into adulthood. With pressures from parents, peers, school, and decisions regarding one's future looming, it can be challenging and overwhelming to navigate without assistance. I emphasize an emerging adult's ability to have agency in their life, and once trust is earned, help support that process.
I am acutely aware that now, more than ever, people are being asked to adapt in a myriad of ways that can impact both physical and mental health. I believe we all have this incredible ability to adapt to our surroundings, but that it requires a mindset and a presence that is not so easily achieved. Whether you are seeking a personal change, or are struggling through transitions into adulthood, relationally, emotionally, or physically, this is a process that you don't have to do alone.
Personal growth is highly individualized. I believe that growth comes in the pursuit of things just outside our comfort zone. Although challenging, those that are courageous enough to truly learn about their "whole selves" and how that "self" shows up in their world can gain powerful insights as a part of their process. I believe that everyone has the inherent ability to heal. Sometimes, it just takes a trusted outside voice or some objectivity to be the catalyst.