Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for evening and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Joel Kosman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices on the Upper West Side and Gramercy Park. He specializes in work-related stress and anxiety, especially around times of transition or sudden disruption in relationships and careers. As a former lawyer, he has particular expertise and understanding of the unique challenges and demands of the legal and other professional fields.
Joel works with couples and individuals as they strive for balance at home and in the workplace, developing deeper understanding and acceptance of their personal identity along the way. His style is open and perceptive, helping clients to manage stress and reduce anxiety to feel more in command of their lives. Using skills-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Joel raises client awareness of the impact of stress on their thoughts and behaviors and taps into their existing strengths and resilience.
Joel received both his Masters in Social Work and JD from NYU. He has advanced psychoanalytic training from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and substance use, and significant experience counseling law school students at Columbia Law School. Joel welcomes adults of all ages into his practice.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Academic/work performance – Addressing test/performance anxiety, time management and procrastination, work-life balance, and career ambivalence
Identity issues– Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Joel is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $250 (60-75min)
Ongoing sessions: $190/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $160 - $190 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Joel can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I'm a steady presence and an attentive listener – and I’ll work with you to create a safe, non-judgmental space where we can talk. I'll also ask questions and offer ideas. We'll start where you want to start and go from there – always at your pace. Trained in both law and mental health, I listen and respond from multiple perspectives. I practiced law for a number of years and this practical experience informs my perspective as well."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Emotionally Focused Couples TherapyEmotionally focused couples therapy is a research-based structured approach that helps couples to reduce stress and conflict and foster a secure and loving bond. The therapist helps clients to identify and understand their emotions, communicate their needs to one another, and practice change strategies and techniques for strengthening a loving and supportive connection. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy uses stories to connect an individual to their broader context, by exploring dominant stories and alternative stories; dominant plots and alternative plots; events being linked together over time that have implications for past, present and future actions. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives by rewriting narratives. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Columbia Law School, 2011 - Present
Private Psychotherapy Practice, 2009 - Present
St. Vincent's Hospital, 2009 - 2011
New York County District Attorney's Office, 1998 - 2008
Law Firm, 1995-1998
New York University School of Social Work, MSW, 2009
New York University School of Law, JD, 1987
Swarthmore College, BA, 1983