Joel  Sanchez
Zencare Vetted

Joel Sanchez


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online

I am only accepting teletherapy clients at this time located in New York state.

Updated December 3, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Race and cultural identity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy

Professional statement

Joel Sanchez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees clients in New York for online sessions. He specializes in working with clients from communities of color. He also sees clients for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression, and addresses the impact of racism on mental health. His practice is open to individual adults, couples, and families.

When seeing clients for trauma, Joel’s approach is Trauma-Focused CBT. He uses psycho-education to help clients understand their symptoms, then he works with grounding techniques in each session to help clients gain mastery over symptoms that can feel uncontrollable and frightening. The crucial component of this work is narrative based, which helps clients understand the traumatic event in question. Joel goes at a conscientious, compassionate pace, allowing the client to lead their experience.

Joel cares deeply about each of his clients, validating their experiences and working with them to reach a place of self-acceptance and emotional equilibrium.

Message to clients

Seeking therapeutic help is an act of courage. Recognizing that you need help, and taking steps to get help in order to address the overwhelming circumstances of your specific situation is also an act of faith and hope. Thank you for choosing me as your therapist and giving me the honor of working with you towards healing.


Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder).

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love, working with cultural differences in interracial or mixed ethnic relationships.

Family therapy - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Joel Sanchez is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (45min)
  • Initial session: $175 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Initial consultation (Complimentary): $0 (30min)
  • Individual ongoing: $150 (30min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I bill by sending an invoice via email through Square after sessions. The invoice can be paid directly through the link sent via email.


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 1:00 pm - 8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00 am - 8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

Private Practice, Sole Practitioner, 2013 - Present
Sullivan County Special Education Department, Social Worker, 2013 - 2014
Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Social Work Supervisor, 2012 - 2013
Riverdale Mental Health Association, Bilingual Social Worker, 2010 - 2011
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Bilingual Senior Social Worker, 2008 - 2010
Union Settlement Association, Bilingual Social Worker, 2006 - 2008
City University of New York, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Theater, 2000 - 2007
The Bronx Lab School, Bilingual Social Work Intern, 2004 - 2005
Project Liberty, Counselor, 2002 - 2004
NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Counselor, 2001 - 2004
Plays for Living, Teaching Artist, 2000 - 2003
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, One-Year Postgraduate Training Program, 1990 - 1991

Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, 2006
Columbia University School of the Arts, MFA, 1999
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, One-Year Postgraduate Training Program, 1991
University of Illinois at Chicago, BA, 1987


New York: 080198




Client testimonials

"Joel listened and responded in a very friendly manner."
- Zencare client • February 2021
"He was very friendly and clear to set approaches and goals."
- Zencare client • July 2020
"Joel was a great listener."
- Zencare client • June 2020