Joseph Sciarretta, LCSW
My approach is warm, honest, and empathetic. I pull from a variety of reputable methods that have been shown to facilitate meaningful change.
My interest in serving people with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders is really what started my career. As an undergraduate I interned at University Medical Center of Princeton’s Eating Disorder Program. While there my passion for helping those suffering from eating disorders was ignited. I found myself drawn to this work by both the caring personalities of the clients and the inspirational efforts of the staff. From that experience on, I knew that this profession was the one for me. During, and following, my graduate education at Rutgers University School of Social Work, I have been fortunate enough to treat people with eating disorders at the Inpatient, Residential, Partial, and IOP levels of care.
I’ve honed the majority of my specialty skills while working at the prestigious Monte Nido River Towns residential eating disorder treatment center in Westchester, NY. I served as both, Primary Therapist, and eventually as the program’s Lead Therapist. Through this challenging and rewarding professional experience, I have helped many people address and heal from not only their eating disorders, but other co-occurring problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and OCD. My practice has always included treating clients on an Individual, Group, and Family basis.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Therapy focuses on the beliefs that a person develops. Particularly after a traumatic event. This can keep them stuck in the vicious symptoms of PTSD and through examining and challenging specific individual beliefs, CPT allows people to develop a new perspective. Treatment is structured, customized, and blends both in-session work and take-home practice assignments to ensure that clients get the most out of their therapeutic effort.
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder
Written by two therapists who recovered from their own eating disorders. The eight keys method formed the philosophical basis for the successful nation-wide treatment. The approach focuses treatment around the two warring voices in the mind of a person with an eating disorder; The “Healthy Self” and “Eating Disorder Self.” The intervention focuses on strengthening your Healthy Self . Utilizing an 8 Keys approach ensures you are always focusing on what individually motivates both your eating disorder behaviors and the desire to recover.
Exposure and Response Prevention (EXRP)
Exposure and Response Prevention is a cognitive-behavioral, evidence-based, form of therapy that is specifically designed to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Client’s utilizing EXRP engage in tailored behavioral challenges by gradually approaching anxiety-producing situations while abstaining from typically comforting ritualistic actions. Through repeated use of these techniques, anxiety and panic about obsessive worries are gradually reduced.