My Approach to Helping
What if you could create a relationship with food and your body that left you feeling free?
What would you do if your depression or anxiety no longer got in the way of your daily life?
What if healing from all of this sounds great, but also scary or intimidating?
My name is Joe Sciarretta and I am a professionally trained therapist with years of experience who knows how to help. My practice specializes in helping people find hope during the chaos of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, and PTSD. In particular, I am trained and sensitive to the inner lives of people coping with eating disorders: I know about the back-and-forth thoughts, self-defeating beliefs, confusion, and frustration that you carry with you every day.
My approach to therapy is based on the principle of "meeting you where you are". That means that I don't bring my own agenda to your therapy, but instead focus on what you want to work on from the very start. I will help you make up your own mind about where you want to go, and then help you get there with time-tested advice and constant support. I make it a point to be direct, open, and truthful about the therapeutic process so you can be confident that you are in control of how your healing happens. My style blends warmth, understanding, truth, and humor to help you get to the root of the issue and move on to a better life.
Call my office to speak with me today and schedule a free consultation to discuss what I can do for you.
More Info About My Practice
Earnest Therapy is a genuine and open therapy practice that supports real people struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. It was designed to help you explore your personal story, and choices, in a way that empowers you to change your life for the better.
Utilizing knowledge from reputable therapeutic philosophies such as the 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) we can work together to help you overcome your struggles and find the life you've been hoping for.
My Role as a Therapist
My job as your therapist is to act as another set of eyes, help you see things in a different way, and (when you're ready) offer advice. I do this by following a few simple steps:
1. I try to act as your "mirror" and talk to you about what I'm seeing and where you may be stuck.
2. I check with you to see if you view the problem the same way as me.
3. If we agree on what the problem is, I ask you if you want that problem to be different. Sometimes a problem may be worth changing, but you aren't ready to do anything about it yet - which is OK! We can always revisit an issue later on down the line.
4. I offer you solid evidence-based advice and follow-up support until you see the results you're looking for.
I belive in this approach as it keeps you in the driver's seat of the process - which is how it should be! I work for you and help you with what you want, but only after we see things the same way and we both agree that you're ready to change for the better.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
I think being unsure about whether or not you really want help is actually a great place to start! Many of the people I serve (especially if you are dealing with an eating disorder) come to their first appointment kind of half wanting to stay and half wanting to leave. This back-and-forth feeling about what you want out of therapy is healthy and completely normal. Until you've gotten to know me, and you believe that I am the right person to help you, it wouldn't make much sense to trust me. If this sounds like you, but you also know you probably need help, I usually encourage that you give therapy at least a few appointments. If you don't like it, that is completely OK - you can always choose to pause and come back in future. Ultimately you are in control of your therapy process.