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Joey Bukai

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

  • Accepting New Clients
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Joey Bukai's style

🧘 Calm 🌎 Holistic πŸ‘‚ Listener 🀝 Collaborative

Why Joey Bukai chose to be in the helping profession

The reason behind my decision to pursue a career in the helping profession, specifically as a therapist, is a combination of a deep passion for mental health and a strong sense of duty to assist others. Over the years, I've witnessed numerous individuals grappling with the complexities of their mental well-being, and I have personally experienced the isolating effects of stigma and limited support.

I earnestly desire to establish a space that fosters collaboration and empathy, where individuals can find solace and gain a better understanding of themselves. Through this compassionate environment, I aim to empower people with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their personal goals.

By becoming a therapist, I hope to contribute positively to the lives of those facing mental health challenges and support them on their journey to healing and self-discovery.

Joey Bukai's approach

My therapy approach is comprehensive and versatile, encompassing various aspects to cater to individual needs. I believe in delving into the client's childhood experiences while also focusing on equipping them with essential skills to handle their present relationships and stressors effectively.

By engaging in meaningful conversations, I encourage clients to explore their past patterns of behavior and contemplate how they influence their current situations. Moreover, I find it essential to examine one's beliefs, including spiritual perspectives, as well as address existential inquiries that shape the interpretation of life experiences.

By adopting this integrative approach, I aim to provide holistic support and facilitate personal growth and self-awareness in my clients, assisting them in developing a deeper understanding of themselves and achieving meaningful and positive changes in their lives.

I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can freely express their thoughts and emotions. By actively listening and empathizing with their experiences, I aim to establish a strong therapeutic alliance, built on trust and mutual respect.

Drawing from various therapeutic modalities and techniques, I tailor the treatment to suit each client's unique circumstances and preferences. Whether it's cognitive-behavioral strategies to address specific challenges or psychodynamic exploration to uncover deeper insights, my goal is to empower clients to develop coping mechanisms and enhance their emotional resilience.

I also recognize the significance of the mind-body connection and often incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques to promote emotional regulation and overall well-being. Additionally, I value cultural sensitivity, understanding the impact of cultural backgrounds on one's perceptions and values, and I strive to integrate cultural competence into my therapeutic practice.

Ultimately, my approach centers around fostering growth and transformation, guiding clients toward achieving their personal goals and leading more fulfilling lives. By supporting them in their journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, I aspire to make a positive and lasting impact on their mental and emotional health.

What you can expect from sessions with Joey Bukai

In our therapy sessions, you can expect a collaborative and supportive environment. Initially, I will take the time to understand your therapy goals and explore the connections between your past experiences and current challenges. By gaining insight into your developmental journey and the ways you have learned to navigate relationships, we can uncover patterns of thinking and emotional responses that have evolved over time.

Through this process of self-discovery, we can work together to identify areas where adjustments can be made to align your life with your values and aspirations. I will assist you in developing new perspectives and coping strategies that promote personal growth and well-being.

As we progress, I will actively listen and provide empathetic support, offering guidance as we explore your thoughts and emotions non-judgmentally. Together, we will cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships, and the factors influencing your life.

My ultimate aim is to empower you to make positive changes and equip you with the tools to overcome challenges and lead a more fulfilling life. Throughout our sessions, I will be dedicated to helping you achieve your therapy goals and supporting you in your journey toward greater self-awareness and personal transformation.

Joey Bukai's experience working with the Jewish community

My personal and professional background has afforded me valuable experience working with the Jewish community, particularly within the Syrian Jewish community of South Brooklyn where I was born and raised. Being part of this community, I gained insights into its unique customs, traditions, and values, having attended Jewish schools and interacted with individuals from diverse Jewish backgrounds and denominations.

As a therapist, I have had the privilege of working with numerous Jewish clients in various settings. This exposure has provided me with a deep understanding of the spiritual and sociocultural intricacies that shape the lives of Jewish individuals and families in New York City and other regions.

Having this familiarity with the Jewish community enables me to approach therapy sessions with sensitivity and cultural competence, respecting the importance of tradition and faith in the lives of my clients. I recognize the significance of faith-based values, family dynamics, and communal ties within the Jewish community. I am committed to creating a safe and inclusive space where clients can openly explore their thoughts, emotions, and concerns.

My experience has taught me to appreciate the diverse perspectives and unique challenges that Jewish individuals may encounter. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective support on their journey toward healing and personal growth.

Languages spoken


People I work with


Personal religious affiliations

Modern Orthodox

Jewish community experience


Licensed to work in

New York

Albany, New York

3 years in practice


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor by New York State 2022. License number 012686


  • Mental Health Counseling by Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University 2020


  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by Training Institute for Mental Health 2023

Average costs per session

$200 - $250

Payment Methods

  • Insurance
  • Sliding Scale
  • Credit Card


  • Aetna
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • United Healthcare

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