Joel  Kosman

Joel Kosman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Esquire, Esq.

Accepting new clients for daytime & weekend appointments in Columbus Circle practice (updated May 01, 2020)

Accepting new clients for daytime & weekend appointments in Gramercy practice (updated May 01, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Academic/work performance
  • Identity issues
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

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.

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.


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

General expertise


Joel Kosman is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $210 (45min)
  • Initial session: $300 (60min)

Therapist's note

Joel can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Columbus Circle practice

330 West 58th Street

Suite 506

New York, NY 10019

  • Mon 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Tue 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Gramercy practice

201 East 16th Street

New York, NY 10003

  • Mon 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Tue 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Wed
  • Thu 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Fri
  • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun

Work and Education

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


  • English

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