Seeking support for your mental health journey?
Let Body Positive Works guide you with compassionate therapy and holistic practices.

Therapy and Counseling

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Nurture Your Mental Health with Compassionate Therapy & Support

Feeling unsure about where to begin your wellness journey?

We understand. That’s why we offer complimentary wellness discovery calls, a safe and supportive space to explore your mental health needs and goals.

During this confidential conversation, we’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you identify the services and practices that best align with your individual path to well-being.


Our Therapy and Counseling Services

Individual and Group Psychotherapy

We offer personalized therapy sessions tailored to your unique needs. Our therapists utilize various modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, and psychodynamic therapy, to address a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship concerns.

Art Therapy

Explore your emotions and express yourself creatively through art therapy. This expressive modality can help you tap into your inner wisdom, process difficult feelings, and develop coping skills in a supportive environment.

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Experience the profound healing power of connecting with horses in a therapeutic environment. This unique approach fosters emotional regulation, self-awareness, and personal growth through non-verbal communication and interaction with these intuitive animals.

Grief & Loss Support Groups

Our compassionate grief and loss groups provide a safe space to share your experiences, connect with others who understand your pain, and develop coping strategies to move through the grieving process.

Menopause Support

Navigate the challenges and transitions of menopause with compassionate support from our experienced menopause coach. Our holistic approach will help you manage symptoms, embrace this new phase of life, and prioritize your well-being.

Why Choose Body Positive Works?

We See You, We Hear You

Life’s journey isn’t always a smooth path. Sometimes, we find ourselves feeling disconnected, stuck, transitioning, lonely, or lost. Maybe you’re yearning to understand yourself better, feel more connected, or simply find a community of people who truly get it. That’s where we come in.

At Body Positive Works, we understand those moments when life feels a little messy. We’re more than just a therapy and counseling center; we’re a welcoming space where you can safely explore your feelings, connect with others who share similar experiences, and rediscover your sense of direction.

Our approach is not about selling you a service; it’s about empowering you to take charge of your well-being. We believe everyone deserves to feel their best, and we’re committed to walking alongside you on your unique journey to healing and growth.

Holistic Approach

We integrate Eastern and Western wellness practices, including art therapy and menopause support, to address the mind, body, and spirit connection, offering a comprehensive approach to mental health and well-being.

Inclusive, Judgment-Free Environment

All bodies and identities are welcomed and celebrated at Body Positive Works. We strive to create a safe, affirming community where you feel comfortable to be yourself.

Experienced Therapists & Coaches

Our team of licensed therapists and certified coaches is committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care that empowers you on your journey to health and happiness.

Our Counseling and Therapy Practitioners



Melanie, LCSW, LCADC

Melanie, owner of Body Positive Works, is a psychotherapist with over 31 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families.


Eating disorders, body image, substance addiction, and life stage issues.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in New Jersey.


Worked in diverse settings including hospitals, crisis centers, non-profit agencies, and private practice.


Extensive training in meditation, yoga, neurosculpting, functional anatomy, Embody Love Movement, Journey Dance, Grief Movement, and Compassionate Inquiry.


Certified Grief Educator, Journey Dance Guide, and Grief Movement Guide.


Combines traditional psychotherapy with holistic practices like meditation, yoga, and grief education for a comprehensive approach to healing.


Equine Therapy and Psychotherapy

Wendy Coffey, LCSW

Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing since 1991, specializing in equine therapy and psychotherapy.


Working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples in various settings, including treatment foster care, group homes, and crisis intervention units.


Uses a holistic approach that integrates environment, body, and mind, incorporating CBT, family therapy, humanistic therapy, and equine therapy as appropriate for the client.


Addresses anxiety, depression, grief, and life stressors through traditional psychotherapy and the therapeutic connection with horses.


Utilizes equine therapy to facilitate self-discovery, personal growth, and breakthroughs in clients.


Art Therapy

Lindsay Lederman, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT (NY), LPAT (NJ)

Lindsay is a dedicated and licensed Art Therapist, specializing in a strength-based and humanistic approach for children, teens, and adults. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and a Masters from the School of Visual Arts Art Therapy Program.


Pioneered Art Therapy programs at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and Nemours Hospital for Children.


Featured in Thrive Global, presented on Art Therapy at NYC hospitals, and published in professional journals like the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal and the Journal of Palliative Care.


Utilizes art and talk therapy interventions to create personalized, welcoming environments tailored to each client’s unique needs.


Helps clients overcome challenges, manage stress, and rediscover hope and purpose through art and creativity.


Anxiety disorders, depression, loss, bereavement, life transitions, and environmental stressors.


Offered both in-person and virtually, often involve art creation and conversation, with a variety of art materials provided.


Grief Support Therapy

Heidi Hartung-Rispoli, LSW, MSW, MFA, IET, MWW

Heidi is a Grief Support Therapist with extensive knowledge and experience in grief and loss.


Combines traditional psychotherapy with art, movement, sound healing, and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) to holistically address trauma, grief, and loss.


Creates interactive healing spaces and provides psychotherapy that incorporates creative and alternative therapeutic modalities.


Grief, loss, trauma, bereavement, and substance misuse for all ages.


Empower clients to heal, provide a safe space for exploration, and facilitate healing of the mind, body, and soul through personal narrative, movement, and creativity.


Master of Social Work, Master of Fine Arts, Licensed Social Worker, AFAA Master Instructor, IET Practitioner, Sound Healer, and certified movement and yoga instructor.

Discover Your Path to Well-being

Free Therapy and Counseling Discovery Call

We believe that everyone deserves access to mental health support that feels right for them.

That’s why we offer a no-pressure, informative discovery call to help you explore your options and find the right fit within our range of services, including art therapy and menopause support.

Therapy and Counseling FAQ

Each therapist has unique specializations and approaches. We encourage you to review their profiles and schedule a complimentary discovery call to discuss your needs and see which therapist might be the best fit.

No artistic skill is required for Art Therapy. It’s about the process of creation and self-expression, not the final product. Lindsay welcomes you to schedule a free discovery call to discuss how art therapy can benefit you.


No, Art Therapy is beneficial for people of all ages, from children to adults. Lindsay works with clients across the lifespan.

The duration of therapy varies depending on individual needs and goals. Melanie or Wendy can help you determine the best course of treatment during your complimentary discovery call.

Psychotherapy sessions typically involve a combination of talking, exploring thoughts and feelings, and developing coping skills. Melanie and Wendy tailor their approach to each client’s unique needs.

No prior experience with horses is necessary. Wendy will guide you through interactions with the horses in a safe and supportive environment. Feel free to schedule a free consultation to learn more about equine therapy.

Equine therapy helps clients develop self-awareness, communication skills, and emotional regulation through interactions and activities with horses.

Grief therapy provides a safe space to process emotions, develop coping mechanisms, find meaning, and heal from loss. Heidi integrates various modalities to support your healing journey.

Your Path to Healing Starts Here

How to find us

Searching for compassionate and effective therapy and counseling in a peaceful environment? Look no further than Body Positive Works, nestled in the heart of Bergen County, New Jersey. We’re conveniently located across from Wandell Elementary School and just a stone’s throw from the Municipal Building.

Many of our clients find us easily from neighboring towns like:

  • Ho-Ho-Kus
  • Rockleigh
  • Alpine
  • Fair Lawn
  • Glen Rock
  • Hawthorne
  • Hillsdale
  • Mahwah
  • Waldwick
  • River Edge


And thanks to our close proximity to Route 17 and the Garden State Parkway, we’re a short drive away for those coming from Rockland County and beyond.

We believe in creating a space where you feel comfortable and supported on your journey towards healing. If you have any questions about our services or want to schedule an appointment, we’d love to hear from you.

Take the first step towards a healthier, happier you at Body Positive Works.