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Joseph J. Williams, LMHC, ACT

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Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island, PLLC
As a certified cognitive therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns and negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Cognitive Therapy was created by Aaron Beck, MD at the University of Pennsylvania , but now practiced as the primary form of therapy all over the world. "Cognitive" literally means knowing or thinking, so CT emphasizes directly changing how we think. By changing how we think, we can change our emotional and behavioral reactions. CT emphasizes interventions such as, evidence based thinking, hypothesis testing our thoughts, activity scheduling and prediction. It is the most scientifically proven therapy and the "Gold Standard" treatment for depression and anxiety disorders; scientifically proven controlled research trials have shown its effectiveness is often comparable to medication therapy. CT has also gone on to accumulate hundreds of proven effective results for anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, phobias, marital discord, ADHD, and aspergers syndrome, etc. Joseph is credentialed by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. The only national credentialing organization standardizing Cognitive Therapy.

Since CT has become the most proven and recommended type of therapy, many psychotherapists now claim to know how to do CT, unfortunately very few are actually credentialed or trained to do so.
Joseph has special expertise in Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy (REBT), a powerful and traditional form of cognitive therapy. His experience and training in this seminal type of CBT was gained at The Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, the original home of REBT and a founding home for the development of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Joseph’s extensive training in REBT allows him to carry the title Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis institute. He has worked under the supervision of highly recognized people in the field. Joseph is also fully certified and credentialed as a Cognitive Therapist, as he is a Diplomate within the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the only official certifying organization for Cognitive Therapists in the United States.He is also a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor & a National Certified Counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Adolescents  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Premarital Counseling
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Educational Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Grief and Loss
 Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)  Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
 National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with honors, from St. Francis College and his Master’s degree in Counseling from Fordham University. He has gained invaluable experience working with severe and complex psychological disorders at his clinical internships with: Coney Island Hospital ’s MICA (mentally ill chemically abusing) populations, the U.S. Probation Department and various adolescent/high school populations. Joseph went onto receive advanced training and experience in other types of CBT at, The New York Cognitive Therapy and Wellness Centers . There he practiced as a cognitive therapist treating anxiety, mood, and other disorders along with a wide range the co-occuring complexities often seen in outpatient therapy.
He has also returned to St. Francis College, NY, in 2006, as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department, where he introduces and trains undergraduate students in psychology.
American Mental Health Counselor's Association
American Counseling Association
New York Mental Health Counselor's Association
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Staten Island Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Most Insurances accepted
License:004239 New York
1110 South Ave at Lois Lane
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