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Justin Carotti

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Adolescent mental health-College & graduate student mental health-Life coaching- Anxiety - Depression-Substance abuse-
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Professional statement

Justin Carotti is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) who owns and operates Valiance Counseling & Coaching, a small group practice in Milford, CT. Justin is an expert in supporting adolescents, emerging adults, and young professionals (14-30+ y/o) through navigating the variety of challenges in their lives.

As a therapist, coach, and mentor, Justin's approach is both integrative and innovative. He has extensive experience working with young adults who struggle with complex mental health issues, mood disorders, and substance use concerns. In addition, he has supported young adults in other critical areas of life such as providing career counseling, recovery coaching, wellness and fitness coaching, and academic support.

In addition to his work as the Founder of Valiance Counseling & Coaching, Justin is the COO of a mental health practice in Westport, CT, and teaches at the graduate school of social work at both Fairfield University and UConn. Justin also volunteers on the Juvenile Review Board in Trumbull & Fairfield and is the Boys Freshman Soccer Head Coach at Fairfield Preparatory School in Fairfield.

Justin emphasizes the importance of trust and independence in his process working with clients and their families. He delivers a professional, individualized, and confidential service to all his clients. Client's will have an opportunity to convey their needs and goals early and often in their work. He is also highly committed to being flexible and consistent with all of his clients in an effort to build a strong working relationships.

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Message to clients

Responding to life's demands and challenges can be painstaking and painful. Finding direction and fulfillment in adulthood can be challenging. There is a great deal of pressure to get it right. Some days are good, motivation is high, and everything clicks. Other days there is no motivation, everything drags, and it can just be easier not to think about what comes next.

If being stuck in this loop resonates, you're in the right place.

If you struggle with the tension between knowing what to do, and not being able to do it, I can help.

I built my practice to support these kinds of challenges. I have extensive experience helping clients find meaning and purpose throughout adulthood. I believe in an integrative approach that addresses career and academic challenges, mental health concerns, substance use, and health and wellness.

My work is highly individualized, built on a foundation of trust and collaboration where goals are outlined and achieved. I aim to empower my clients to work through what they are facing and help guide them along their journey towards betterment.

Although the future is uncertain, it can also be bright. I commend those brave enough to seek support. It would be my pleasure to guide and support you in your process. I truly believe you will not have a counseling experience like this anywhere else.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Connecticut Junior Republic , Therapist Assistant (Case Manager)
Connecticut Junior Republic , Multidimensional Family Therapist
Connecticut Junior Republic , Clinical Supervisor
Causeway Collaborative LLC, Clinical Social Worker & Supervisor

University of Connecticut , Master of Social Work (MSW), 2012
University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), 2011


Connecticut: 009370 - Connecticut: 001401 - Virginia: 0904015773




Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

Open Monday-Sunday!


Justin Carotti is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$215 (60min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $215

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Client testimonials

"Justin was quick to setup a phone call with me after my inquiry for more info and Zencare emailed me updates every time there was a message waiting from him in the pre-call chat. He was respectful of my time and prepared to answer any questions I had during the initial consultation to see if we were a good fit. He even offered me additional time after we went over the important info to talk about anything else on my mind. Overall great experience!"
- Zencare client November 2022

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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