Behavioral Counseling Specialist

Cardio Metabolic Institute

Multi-Specialty Group located in Somerset, Monroe Twp, and East Brunswick, NJ

Behavioral counseling can help you have a clear mind and learn to begin healthy lifestyle changes to improve your well-being. At Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, Monroe Township, and East Brunswick, New Jersey, you have access to a team of top-rated behavioral counselors who can help you with any concern or condition you may have. Find out more by booking an exam online or by calling any office location directly.

Behavioral Counseling Q & A

Why do I need behavioral counseling?

Behavioral counseling, as well as psychotherapy (or “talk therapy”), is a personalized approach to your mental health and state of well-being. Your physician may recommend behavioral counseling or psychotherapy if you:

  • Need to quit smoking
  • Have a poor body image 
  • Are addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • Want help with emotional eating
  • Have been through trauma or injury
  • Have stress, depression, or anxiety 
  • Experienced a major life change, such as a divorce
  • Were recently diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness

Your behavioral counselor can even help you build healthy relationships with those around you, including loved ones, friends, and co-workers. 

What happens during behavioral counseling?

Your behavioral counseling and psychotherapy services at Cardio Metabolic Institute are entirely tailored to you and your needs and can include individual, couples, or group therapy. During your counseling session, your therapist may:

  • Ask about your family history
  • Talk with you about your current concerns
  • Ask about drug, alcohol, or tobacco usage
  • Prescribe medications, such as antidepressants or antianxiety drugs

Your mental health provider teaches you how to cope and how to work through your emotions. They may give you homework or exercises to do each week, so you can continue working on your mental health between sessions.

Behavioral counseling and psychotherapy aren’t a quick fix. It takes time and dedication to your treatment plan to help you achieve a balanced state of mental and emotional well-being. 

How often do I need to see my behavioral counselor?

Behavioral counseling and psychotherapy can be just a few sessions, or a long-term treatment plan. 

You may need to see your therapist as often as once a week, as is common, or as little as once a month. It’s also common to start out with weekly sessions, then gradually transition down to monthly or quarterly visits. 

The counselors and mental health providers at Cardio Metabolic Institute are available when you need them most. They tailor your behavioral counseling treatment plan and can make adjustments to your therapy schedule as needed. 

Schedule your behavioral counseling evaluation at Cardio Metabolic Institute today. Call any office to speak with a team member.


Meet our Counselor

Suruchi Sani, LPC, NCC, CCTP

Suruchi Saini is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She has extensive experience in successfully counseling, coaching, and providing psychotherapy to groups, individuals, couples and families. She utilizes holistic approach (meditation/mindfulness/muscle relaxation and more) to help her clients learn life skills to manage stress and anxiety, increase productivity in their personal and professional lives and re-train mind for mindful living to achieve their full potential. She believes that because of various psychological/behavioral issues, at times people feel hopeless but with some professional counseling and life coaching, anybody can bounce back and make powerful changes in their lives!

Since 2005, she has been passionately working with people from all walks of life in different settings, and has been conducting stress management and self-development workshops in various organizations and conferences. She was also a lead clinician at Rutgers - University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) until January 2015. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from University of Texas at San Antonio, and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. She speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. She enjoys reading, meditating, singing and hiking! 

Meet our licensed psychologist

Mirella P. Archus, PhD, MBA

Dr. Auchus received a baccalaureate degree from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She subsequently earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Long Island University and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University. Dr. Auchus received certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and training in Motivational Interviewing and subsequently earned an MBA from the University of Memphis. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Dr. Auchus’ clinical interests include obesity, eating disorders, psychological assessment for bariatric and transplant surgeries, and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to facilitate implementation and long -term maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Dr. Auchus’ passion is helping individuals regain and maintain healthy lifestyle habits to effectively manage health problems, prevent illness and improve quality of life. Her overall goal is to engage and motivate patients in a patient centered partnership, in pursuit of the patient’s goal and well-being by identifying the patient’s values and aspirations. This sets the foundation for empowering the patient to make gradual health behavior changes by working on the implementation of small, customized goals.
Dr. Auchus utilizes cognitive behavioral strategies, motivational interviewing and stress management exercises to empower individuals to make health behavior changes. Dr. Auchus views each individual as a unique mosaic. Hence, she customizes treatment strategies based on their distinctive qualities and strengths.