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Yoav Ben Yosef

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York
LGBTQIA+ topics-Creativity & creative blocks-Spirituality-Mindfulness-Substance use and recovery- Trauma-
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Professional statement

Yoav Ben Yosef is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Yoav works with adults of all ages as well as teenagers, and treats a variety of issues, including trauma, substance use, and difficulty finding meaning and purpose in life. Therapy with Yoav can be described as a process of self-discovery. Yoav asks questions and prompts reflection that lead clients to connect with their inner being--their soul, if you will. Through this process, self-judgment is replaced with love and intimacy towards oneself. It is from this place of self-acceptance that clients begin to change and grow.

Yoav uses his longstanding practice of meditation and study of Buddhist psychology to help clients familiarize themselves with the state of being mindful. Clients find that they can remain stable in the midst of painful emotions, face the reality of their lives, and gather the courage to step forward towards the unknown--on all its possibilities. 

Yoav uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a powerful method in the treatment of trauma. EMDR addresses both a one-time traumatic event as well as what is referred to as developmental trauma, for example, emotional, physical or sexual abuse undergone over the course of a long period, sometimes years or throughout a person's childhood.

Yoav holds an MFA in creative writing and enjoys working with artists of all mediums, supporting them in developing and freeing up their creative process.  You can read his recent article about meditation practice in the journal Light of Consciousness.

Message to clients

My approach in therapy is dual, drawing from both depth psychology and mindfulness. A practitioner of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness for the past two decades, I bring the insights of Eastern traditions to my clinical work, including methods and perspectives that help develop higher levels of awareness of the present moment. This helps clients cultivate a new, more forgiving way of looking at themselves and their challenges; they often begin to “handle” themselves with greater care and understanding. Anger and blame are replaced by acceptance, compassion and tenderness. This shift, rather than keep one “stuck” in the present moment is actually a wonderful way to progress towards a different future; it is so empowering that braving new, scary choices becomes a realistic possibility. The therapy room is therefore the place where fear is alchemized into a pathway leading to growth and advancement.

Depth psychology, my second focus, recognizes that the demons coming at us in the present are often rooted in the past; finding and healing them often means traveling to the place where the wound was first inflicted. Here my role is to act as a gentle guide as the client begins to retrace their life story and recognize whatever misconceptions might have formed when the mind was too young or too confused to make sense of events, especially when those events created trauma. On this path, we use clues and signposts from the clients’ words, thoughts and ideas. I tend to ask questions to enrich the client’s reflection and self-knowledge, and I often suggest keeping a journal of dreams and thoughts to support our exploration of unconscious processes.

Therapy is often a challenging process. It requires facing areas in the mind that are likely too difficult to look at on one’s own. People have different ways of avoiding this discomfort: alcohol, drugs, engagement in risky or soul-emptying sexual practices, over-working, over-eating, over-thinking, lashing out. Even yoga and meditation can deceptively serve to block out pain under the guise of “being in the moment.” My approach to working with any of these methods of avoidance is to try to understand and honor them, never to aggressively get rid of them. The client and I gently look for the pain or fear that made such habits necessary, so we can then reassure it that the client now has the internal resources and power to keep themselves safe. For this purpose, clients’ sense of safety in sessions is my utmost concern and I often check in with them to ask how they are doing and what they need in the present moment to feel protected. Clients learn that no thought, no behavior, no past regret they bring up in our conversation is going to be judged; this leads to an increased willingness to open up in such a way that makes repairment and healing possible.

Work and Education

Private Practice
The Fashion Institute of Technology, Writing Teacher

Pernell Institute of Attachment-Focused EMDR, Certificate of Completion , 2024
Hunter College, MSW, 2014
Long Island University, MFA, 2011
DePaul University, BA, 2002


New York: 88340


English, Hebrew


LGBTQIA+ topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Creativity & creative blocks - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and fuel creativity

Spirituality - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Substance use and recovery - Reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors; coping with related emotional discomfort and suffering

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


    Yoav Ben Yosef is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

    • Aetna
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
    • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

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

    Out-of-pocket fees

    • Individual sessions:$200 (55min)
    • Sliding scale:$150 - $200
    • Initial session:$200 (55min)
    • Couples sessions:$225 (55min)

    Additional session information

    Out-of-network billing options

    This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

    • Super billing
    Payment options
    • Cash
    • Check
    • PayPal
    • Venmo
    • Zelle
    Session frequency

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

    • Weekly
    Therapist's note