Body Positive Works

Holistic Psychotherapists
Bergen County, NJ

Our psychotherapists have the highest licensure for psychotherapy in NJ, taking a holistic approach to individual, family, and group counseling. 

Specializing in addiction, anxiety, depression, grief + loss, eating disorders + disordered eating, negative body image, and trauma.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy. Our therapists support you on your journey toward recovery, long-term growth, health, and wellness, ultimately seeking to connect you back home to yourself. 

Whether you may be dealing with anxiety or depression, an eating disorder or disordered eating, addiction, negative body image, adolescent issues, trauma, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one, our expert psychotherapists can help. 

Therapy sessions are always confidential, creating an environment to speak openly and authentically. 

Choose whether to see our therapists on your own, with a family member, or in a group for a sense of community and shared experience.

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Our psychotherapists work with you to help you express the way that you feel and gain insight into those feelings and the issues behind them. Some of the benefits of therapy are:

Helps you cope with the challenges that you are facing

Helps you find new ways to think about those challenges – in order to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing 

Why Choose Us?

Our therapists have the highest licensure for psychotherapy in New Jersey. 

The Body Positive Works approach was born of the realization that having a variety of therapy counseling services under one roof and providing a strong sense of community would support clients in achieving better overall health, recovery, and long-term growth. 

Holistic psychotherapy is our specialty; we aim to treat the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Just as there is more than one approach to bodywork, there are many therapeutic approaches to the mind; there’s no one size fits all. We use aspects from a multitude of modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), integrative therapy, holistic therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and positive therapy, to treat the individual.New Jersey

Our Psychotherapy Treatments


We offer individual, family, and group psychotherapy for all ages – children, adolescents, and adults. 

We provide group therapy for a number of conditions, including eating disorders, body image, and grief. The experience of participating in a group is a sure-fire way to know that you are not traveling alone on your path. The support of the group, safely guided by our highly skilled psychotherapists, is a catalyst for recovery. Shared tears and laughter are the best medicine for the soul. 

To book an appointment call 201-708-8448.

Our Psychotherapy for
Specific Groups

We work with people managing issues including anxiety and depression, eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, addiction, self-acceptance, grief and loss, family dynamics, phase of life issues, women’s issues, and parenting and marital issues. 


Grief Groups

When someone close to us dies, we ourselves feel lost, our identity shifts. We wonder who we are if we are no longer someone’s grandchild, child, sibling, spouse, partner, friend or parent. 

Death of A Child | Death of A Parent | Death of A Spouse

For More Information and a schedule of Grief Support Groups click here


Disordered Eating Meal Support Group (ages 14+)

with Erica Ban, MS, RD

In eating disorder treatment, the path to successful recovery requires addressing two major areas:

-Behavior changes related to food, exercise, weight

-Psychological and emotional issues

To make progress toward becoming recovered, great benefit can come from extra support at mealtime.

For More Information and a schedule of Disordered Eating Meal Support Groups click here


Emotional Eating Support Group for Women

with Jessica Kishpaugh, Holistic Nutritionist

If you have ever asked yourself “am I an emotional eater, or why can’t I have a different relationship with food” then please join Jessica Kishpaugh for a 6-week support group.

For More Information and a schedule of Emotional Eating Support Groups click here


Eating Disorder Parents Support Group

(for parents of a child with an eating disorder)

with Erica Ban, MS, RD

Supporting a loved one with an eating disorder can be a very tricky thing to do both emotionally and logistically. The difficult process of recovering from an eating disorder can drain a parent or caregiver of both physical and emotional energy. It is common to feel helpless, confused, frustrated and exhausted at times. This group will provide education and support for the parent or caregiver – the at home support team!

For More Information and a schedule of Eating Disorder Parent Support Groups click here


Women, Food, and Healing: A Therapeutic Support Group with Melanie Struble LCSW, LCADC

Do you judge what you eat, do you judge yourself? Are you constantly thinking about food, your body, your weight? Do these thoughts about food and your body take you out of the present moment, impact your mood, leave you feeling upset with yourself, or lead to negative behaviors or habits to manage the pain? Do you determine your self-worth by the number on the scale? If the answer is “YES” to any of these questions, this group is for you.

For More Information and a schedule of Women, Food, and Healing Support Groups click here

Our Psychotherapists

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Melanie, LCSW, LCADC

Melanie, Owner of Body Positive Works, is a psychotherapist whose practice is dedicated to working with adolescents, adults, and families who are dealing with eating disorders, body image, substance addiction, and stage of life issues.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 28 years of direct practice experience, she holds the highest New Jersey licensure in both disciplines.

Over the years, Melanie has worked with clients in a variety of settings: hospital, crisis center, private non-profit agency, and private practice. She has gained a broad perspective and deep understanding of the challenges her clients face when seeking specialized services from multiple resources.

In addition, she has completed a 60-hour Meditation Teacher Training with Rev. Jaganath Carrera of Yoga Life Society as well as Yin Yoga Training, Neurosculpting® Level 1 Training, and Functional Anatomy Teacher Training with Jody (Domerstad) Boisits. She has also taken advanced training with Dr. Melody Moore of the Embody Love Movement. She has completed her training with Journey Dance™ and is a certified Journey Dance Guide. Melanie holds a certification as a Grief Movement Guide. She has completed a Yoga Alliance 300-hour teaching training program with Jody (Domerstad) Boisits. Currently, Melanie has been accepted into, and is currently engrossed in, a year-long professional study program with Dr. Gabor Mate’ – Compassionate Inquiry.

Melanie is a Certified Grief Educator. A Certified Grief Educator is committed to providing the highest level of grief support through education, experience, and insights into the often unacknowledged rocky terrain of grief. Certified Grief Educators completed a certificate program designed by world-renowned grief expert, David Kessler. They bring his unique methodology, tools, and decades of experience to help people navigate the challenges of grief.

Melanie holds a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology and Law and Justice from The College of New Jersey.

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Wendy Coffey, MSW, LCSW

Wendy Coffey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey and has been practicing since 1991. She spent the beginning of her career working with children and adolescents in treatment foster care as well as with adolescent girls living in a group home setting.

She has also worked at the county level in a crisis intervention unit providing therapy to families in times of stress. Having been trained in crisis intervention, she is familiar with family dynamics and how these dynamics affect the individual.

She will use the modality that is most appropriate for the client, whether that be CBT, family therapy, Humanistic therapy or a combination of therapies. Therapy is an art that is tailored to the individual. Through conversation the best approach will present itself.

Wendy has worked with adults, adolescents, children and couples who present with anxiety, depression, grief and time-of-life stressors.

Wendy believes in a holistic approach to treatment, which includes the integration of environment, body and mind.

Admiration of horses has been part of her being since she was a child. Horses are able to heal people just by being themselves, connected to the present moment. Wendy is currently including equine therapy as part of her treatment approach. When clients work with the horses they learn about themselves.This can lead to breakthroughs in therapy.

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Chani Getter, MSW, LSW

Chani is a licensed social worker, a certified professional coach, and an ordained Interfaith Minister who was raised in a Hassidic Jewish home.

At the age of 23, Chani left an arranged marriage and as a single parent began a journey of self-discovery. Today, Chani is a spiritual leader, teacher, therapist, and motivational speaker.

Chani provides therapy for individuals, couples and families. Chani is especially skilled in working with individuals who were raised in insular and/or fundamental religious communities who are struggling with the residual imprint of early childhood dogma. Chani has worked extensively with ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jewish, ex-Mormon, ex-Muslim, and Ex-Fundamental Christian (especially those home-schooled).

Chani was recruited by Footsteps; a non-profit in NYC that supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving their insular ultra-Orthodoxy Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives; in 2013 to create their Family Justice program which trains lawyers and therapists on how best to provide support for individuals with children who are leaving insular communities.

For 13 years, from 2007 till 2020, Chani facilitated a monthly support group for LGBTQIA women in NYC. Chani directed and facilitated weekend retreats for LGBTQIA individuals and families for over 7 years.

Chani works with individuals and couples who have past trauma, be it religious, sexual abuse or other. Chani understands the impact that trauma has on the brain and body, and that it can affect every aspect of daily life even years afterwards. Chani helps clients build a life beyond the limitations they’ve encountered.

Our Location

Our home is a beautiful heritage house in the heart of Saddle River, Bergen County, NJ. We are directly across the street from Wandell Elementary School and next door to the Municipal Building.
We are centrally located with convenient access to Rt. 17 and the Garden State Parkway, and on the border of Rockland County. Check out how close you are to us on the map from all localities – including Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Hillsdale, Hohokus, Mahwah, and Waldwick.

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96 E Allendale Road
Saddle River, NJ 07458