Hi, I’m Joe.

I’m a professionally trained and experienced therapist who specializes in helping people struggling with Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, and trauma. I've been working in the field for over 10 years in a variety of positions that range from direct care staff all the way to my present role as a full-time independently practicing therapist.

People inevitably ask how I got into this particular line of work, and I usually say that I “found my passion for helping people with eating disorders by accident, but stayed with them on purpose”.

As an undergraduate Psychology student at The College of New Jersey, I participated in an internship to develop hands-on experience with people’s real mental health struggles. Knowing little, but having an interest in learning more, I applied to work with a local eating disorder hospital program. A few phone calls and an interview later and I was accepted! Within a few weeks of starting my internship, I pretty much knew this is what I wanted to do. The people, their stories, and the hopeful changes that I saw pointed me down the path that brings me to where I am today.

That internship was in 2010 – a long time ago! Since then, I’ve been busy building the skills I needed to start this practice – my dream job. I’ve worked at a number of reputable eating disorder treatment centers in the tri-state area all while taking in as many great learning experiences as possible. I’ve made it a point to serve people with eating disorders at all levels of care: medical hospital, residential, PHP, IOP, as well as weekly traditional outpatient office visits. This means I understand the spectrum of issues that you may face, and I know how to guide you in the right direction.

As a result of focusing my career on treating people with eating disorders, I have had to learn how to treat… well, a lot of other problems! I’ve become skillful in handling co-occurring or stand-alone conditions such as anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, family issues, relationship problems, and depression. Rest assured that regardless of where you are in your process, I will do everything I can to help.

"Joseph Sciarretta is a great therapist to work with. As a dietitian, it's been a pleasure to coordinate with him on eating disorder patients. He manages patient's anxiety around food exposures and challenges extremely well and is always willing to get creative."
- Jane Wynne, RD
"Joe is an amazing therapist! His work involves meeting his clients where they are at in their recovery process, while also using treatment approaches to help motivate and empower his clients. He is passionate about helping individuals build recovery focused goals and skills that are pertinent to long term recovery. If you are in the pursuit of looking for a highly qualified, seasoned and compassionate therapist then Joe is your guy!"
- Dana Magid, LSW
"Joe is a fantastic therapist. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring and challenges clients to find their greatest potential. If you want an extraordinary eating disorder therapist that will make your time in therapy worthwhile, you are at the right place!"
- Hilary Raciti, RD
"Joe Sciarretta is a gem of a therapist whose skill equals his quest to constantly learn and improve. Joe's authenticity facilitates trust, creating a safe climate necessary for change. His capacity to connect with clients allows him to challenge strongly held beliefs and behaviors that interfere with recovery. Joe is well versed in evidenced based treatments but is capable of stepping outside the box for those clients who need other techniques or modalities to successfully recover."
- Carolyn Costin, LMFT (Author of the 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder)

Qualifications and Background​

I received my BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey in 2011 and my MSW from Rutgers University in 2014. Since completing my graduate education, I have held a variety of positions in the world of eating disorder treatment: Admissions Coordinator, Recovery Coach, Primary Therapist, and finally Lead Therapist. I am a fully credentialed Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New Jersey ( Lic#: 44SC05830600).

I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I also offer training workshops on eating disorders to other healthcare professionals.

Associations

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New Jersey - License #: 44SC05830600.
  • Member - International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
  • Member - National Association of Social Workers (NASW)