Joel G. Kosman, Esq., LCSW

NYC Therapist

A little more than 30 years ago, I graduated from Swarthmore College.  After a year in banking, I enrolled at the New York University School of Law.  I basically enjoyed law school and things worked out well.

Joel-Kosman-LCSWLaw practice, though, never felt like a great “fit” — although throughout my career as a lawyer I held challenging (and stressful!) positions.  In my 20 or so years as a practicing attorney, I worked at a Big Law firm, a small “boutique” law firm and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.  I clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, taught in the Lawyering Program at NYU, and taught as well at New York Law School.

There came a time, though, when I decided that I needed to change careers — to find something that better matched my goals and aspirations and to enable me to master my life.  So I took a mid-career risk, and enrolled at the New York University School of Social Work. Since then, as a mental health clinician, I have worked at a psychiatric unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, with New York University Counseling and Wellness Services, and with the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality, and have had advanced psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy as well as specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders.  I also have significant experience counseling law school students at Columbia Law School and working with young lawyers and professionals more generally.

Throughout a long and varied working life, I’ve experienced successes and setbacks, victories and losses, stress, anxiety, change, insecurity, indecision, depression, emotional paralysis and more. You name it – I’ve pretty much ridden the highs and lows.

And I’ve found that, as my own life experiences have multiplied, my capacity to help my clients to master their lives and shape them in ways that are satisfying and meaningful has only deepened.

Open, Perceptive and a Great Listener

When we meet, you’ll find me open, perceptive and easy to speak with.  I’m a great listener, but I’ll also ask you questions, and pay careful attention to your answers.  Because I’ve been trained in two disciplines – law and mental health –  I’m able to listen and respond from multiple perspectives to better address your particular needs.

Please give me a call at 914-295-2764 so that we can set up our first appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions about My Practice

Do you work with people through a range of ages and of all genders?

Yes.

How do I start?

Call me at 914-295-2764 to schedule your first appointment. If you have specific questions about our first session, let me know and we’ll find a time to speak on the phone beforehand.

What will happen in the first session?

We’ll talk, I’ll learn more about why you’ve come to see me and we’ll get a sense of whether our working together seems like a good fit. I’ll also try to get a sense of your goals for therapy.

What will happen after that?

Together, we’ll decide whether to meet again and, if so, when to meet.

Do you accept insurance?

Whether to submit claims to an insurer for behavioral health services is a complex issue, and I am happy to discuss it with you. I am a third-party provider for most insurers and am able to provide you with a statement to submit for reimbursement. However, whether or not you are entitled to reimbursement depends on your particular plan.

Do you also run groups?

Yes, I do. Some have a particular, supportive focus, like a group for young lawyers or for newly-single fathers. Others are more general. If you are interested in group treatment, please give me a call at 914-295-2764.

A little more than 30 years ago, I graduated from Swarthmore College.  After a year in banking, I enrolled at the New York University School of Law.  I basically enjoyed law school and things worked out well.

Law practice, though, never felt like a great “fit” — although throughout my career as a lawyer I held challenging (and stressful!) positions.  In my 20 or so years as a practicing attorney, I worked at a Big Law firm, a small “boutique” law firm and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.  I clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, taught in the Lawyering Program at NYU, and taught as well at New York Law School.

There came a time, though, when I decided that I needed to change careers — to find something that better matched my goals and aspirations and to enable me to master my life.  So I took a mid-career risk, and enrolled at the New York University School of Social Work. Since then, as a mental health clinician, I have worked at a psychiatric unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, with New York University Counseling and Wellness Services, and with the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality, and have had advanced psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy as well as specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders.  I also have significant experience counseling law school students at Columbia Law School and working with young lawyers and professionals more generally.

Throughout a long and varied working life, I’ve experienced successes and setbacks, victories and losses, stress, anxiety, change, insecurity, indecision, depression, emotional paralysis and more. You name it – I’ve pretty much ridden the highs and lows.

And I’ve found that, as my own life experiences have multiplied, my capacity to help my clients to master their lives and shape them in ways that are satisfying and meaningful has only deepened.

Open, Perceptive and a Great Listener

When we meet, you’ll find me open, perceptive and easy to speak with.  I’m a great listener, but I’ll also ask you questions, and pay careful attention to your answers.  Because I’ve been trained in two disciplines – law and mental health –  I’m able to listen and respond from multiple perspectives to better address your particular needs.

So give me a call at 914-295-2764, we can set up our first appointment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about My Practice

Do you work with people through a range of ages and of all genders?

Yes.

How do I start?

Call me at 914-295-2764 to schedule your first appointment. If you have specific questions about our first session, let me know and we’ll find a time to speak on the phone beforehand.

What will happen in the first session?

We’ll talk, I’ll learn more about why you’ve come to see me and we’ll get a sense of whether our working together seems like a good fit. I’ll also try to get a sense of your goals for therapy.

What will happen after that?

Together, we’ll decide whether to meet again and, if so, when to meet.

Do you accept insurance?

Whether to submit claims to an insurer for behavioral health services is a complex issue, and I am happy to discuss it with you. I am a third-party provider for most insurers and am able to provide you with a statement to submit for reimbursement. However, whether or not you are entitled to reimbursement depends on your particular plan.

Do you also run groups?

Yes, I do. Some have a particular, supportive focus, like a group for young lawyers or for newly-single fathers. Others are more general. If you are interested in group treatment, please give me a call at 914-295-2764.

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