About Joshua Kates, LCSW Therapist & Schema Therapist


Joshua Kates, LCSW

Now accepting: Medicare and Cigna (FL BC/BS in process). 

With over twenty five years of experience working with adults, couples and adolescents who have anxiety disorders, depression, OCD or marital & relationship problems, my experience is broad-ranging. I have helped hundreds of people cope with their emotional challenges, complex relationship issues and resolve difficult work/life problems. I've also helped people with serious mental health problems and have provided support and guidance to those who simply want to achieve more. I am a certified Schema Therapist and certified Schema Therapy supervisor and trainer. My training is in several Therapy Methods and I integrate my training, experience and intuitive style to work in a personal, warm and caring way to help individuals and couples overcome their challenges. I am located in West Palm Beach.

I am a graduate of New York University's School of Social Work where I earned my Master's in Clinical Social Work. My specialties include Schema Therapy (ST), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I am a full member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST), an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist and an approved ISST Schema Therapist Supervisor/Trainer. My training in ST was under the supervision of Wendy Behary and I have also trained with Dr. Jeffrey Young, the founder of ST.

Because one of my core beliefs and passions is that a strong, primary intimate relationship is key to a happy life, I hosted a the talk-radio radio show, Marriage Matters exploring marriage, relationships and intimacy. On the show I interviewed authors, clinicians and experts on many aspects of relationships. As an early user of technology for psychotherapy, I’m among the pioneers of online counseling. I was the subject of news stories on CNN and other national publications regarding Internet Counseling and family issues.  My articles on family issues and communication have been published in Parent's Guide Magazine and numerous websites and blogs. S

My approach to psychotherapy is to develop an extremely personalized conceptualization for each client or couple. I will work with you in a compassionate and supportive way and will make your therapy a practical and meaningful experience. My training helps me provide supportive feedback and far deeper personality or behavioral challenges as your needs dictate. My objective is to help you identify your goals, engage you in the therapy, build on your strengths and ultimately guide you to attain your goals. I look forward to hearing from you. You can contact me here.

New York University, School of Social Work: MSW, Clinical Social Work
State University of NY, Empire State College: BS, Human Development


Florida LCSW: SW 15907

NASW - National Association of Social Workers
ACSW - Academy of Certified Social Workers
ISST - International Society of Schema Therapy

Call Joshua Kates at: 561-693-8840

Contact Joshua Kates, LCSW