Joseph Foster, or Joe, is a Licensed Master of Social Work providing therapy services for adolescents and young adults at Freedom First Psychological Services.
Joe completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a concentration in Human Services and minors in both Disaster Studies and Deaf Studies at SUNY New Paltz. During his undergraduate years, Joe worked with various populations, including the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors; the LGBTQIA+ community; children with emotional, social, and learning challenges; natural disaster survivors; as well as homeless and displaced youth in South Africa.
Joe received his Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany. During his graduate studies, he facilitated social/emotional learning focus groups to high school students, as well as provided counseling, case management, and advocacy services to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Joe has post-graduate experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in an outpatient setting providing mental health counseling on topic areas such as life transitions, sexual and gender identity, anxiety, depression, trauma, and attachment. Joe uses a collaborative approach in treatment. His therapeutic approach is inspired from a range of theories, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Trauma-Informed care, in order to create an individualized, client focused approach. He also provides “Geek Therapy”, or therapy that incorporates the affinity of fandoms and utilizes video game play therapy.