Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Perinatal mental health
Erin Finnerty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in Brooklyn, New York, located close to Borough Hall. She especially enjoys working with those who are navigating major life transitions, and unpacking the emotional intricacies of anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, careers, and self-esteem issues. Having had specialized training in perinatal mental health, she also works with new moms to deepen the bond with their infant.
Erin uses an eclectic approach, drawing primarily from insight-oriented therapies. She also offers skills-based work when beneficial and highly values psychoeducation to ensure her clients holistically understand their thoughts and emotions.
In addition to traditional talk therapy, Erin is excited to offer walking therapy to help clients engage in a less conventional setting and generate fresh perspectives. New moms are welcome to bring babies on walking sessions, which are also a great option for working professionals looking to take a break from the sterility of indoor spaces and allow nature to aid in the healing process.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Erin is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $175 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Erin can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“In my work, I've found that people are most open to exploration and change when they have a partner they trust in that process. I give my clients tools to look at their experiences and emotions in the spirit of inquiry, and move past fear and avoidance. When a client brings me their story, we work together to understand it, through trust, humor, creativity, and perseverance. I respect each client's strengths, and believe they can harness their own potential to live a more aware and satisfying life.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Relational PsychotherapyRelational psychotherapy provides the opportunity for individuals who suffer from emotional, psychological, and relational distress to explore one's relationship patterns and work collaboratively to look for the relational meaning in everything that arises in therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Strength-Based TherapyThrough strength-based therapy, the positive aspects of a client's character are highlighted rather than his or her weaknesses. It encourages patients to cultivate their interests, identify their strengths, and build upon them to reach goals and establish resilience. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Therapist, 2017 - Present
New York University, Clinical Practice with Adolescents, 2017 - 2018
Park Slope Center for Mental Health, Therapist, 2014 - 2018
New York University, MSW, 2014
University of Massachusetts Boston, BA, 2001