Erin Hetzel, LICSW - Therapist in Brookline, MA

Erin Hetzel

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Master of Education, MEd

Not accepting new clients; find available Brookline therapists here


1) Brookline office
1093 Beacon Street
Suite 404
Brookline MA



Young adults
College students


Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 4:00pm-8:00pm (Brookline)
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: 10:00am-1:00pm (Andover)
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • College and graduate school challenges

  • Body image issues

  • Sports performance and athletics

  • Relationship issues

  • Trauma


  • Anxiety and depression

  • Academic issues

  • Life transitions

  • Existential challenges

  • Anger management

  • Self-harm

  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

Erin Hetzel is a therapist with offices in Brookline and Andover, MA. She has expertise in anxiety, depression, body image, relationships, and trauma, and has a particular interest in working with the college student population.

Erin has worked with college students for many years, first in a support role for student-athletes, and then as a therapist in college counseling services. She enjoys supporting students through the various struggles that can arise during this time of life and the challenges around finding one's purpose and identity. In private practice, in addition to Boston-area undergraduate and graduate students, Erin sees teenagers, young adults, and adults.

Erin uses an integrative approach and caters her treatment to each client, incorporating tenets of CBT, DBT, Interpersonal Therapy, mindfulness, and yoga. She works with her clients to create a fresh perspective, helping to reshape negative thought processes or coping mechanisms to encourage different, healthier ways of thinking.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Sports performance – Developing mental skills to enhance athletic performance and manage the pressures of competition by increasing focus, managing composure, adjusting perspective, and solidifying confidence
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care


Erin is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $250/session (1 hour)

  • Ongoing sessions: $150/session (50 mins)

Therapist's note: Erin is considered an "out of network" provider with insurance companies. If you have an insurance plan with out of network benefits (PPO), Erin is able to submit billing to your insurance company on your behalf or can provide you with paperwork needed for reimbursement. Erin is happy to walk you through any details.

Message to clients

"I feel that finding a therapist you 'click with' is one of the most important factors in this search. Seeking help is hard! But if life is like a puzzle, therapy can help make sense of the pieces - whether it be adjusting to something new, figuring out who you are, or how to manage your past or the current world around you. While this process may be daunting - it can also be fascinating, healing, and, ultimately, empowering. 

College counseling runs the full gamut in terms of mental health. Working with this population, I have a gained a wide range of experience and enjoy working with clients who are open to learning more about themselves. I have an engaging, eclectic approach and tend to work from an interactive, strength-based perspective. I am solution-focused, integrating CBT with positive psychology, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. This means I tend to give homework, and may challenge you to a little bit of yoga - as the work you continue to do outside of the office is just as important as what we do together. Main goals are skill-building, acceptance, empathy, and confidence built from encouraging and appreciating the whole person.

I find creative thinking, insight, patience, and humor to be great medicine for many issues. If nothing changes, nothing will be different. Change, and what it creates, can be the key to finding your best self."

Treatment approaches

Cognitive 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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private practice, 2012 - Present
College counseling, 2009 - Present

Salem State College, MSW, 2009
UMass-Amherst, MEd, 2003
University of New Hampshire, BA, 1995



Client testimonials

I would recommend Erin to everyone without hesitation. She is easy to connect with, and genuinely cares about the people she treats. Erin is a great listener, and has an uncanny ability to point out things I am missing in a helpful and effective way. I cannot say enough good things about Erin, or the help she provided me.

Administratively, Erin went out of her way to be accommodating. She worked with me and my insurance company, in combination with her sliding payment scale, to make sure I could see her. She was also very flexible when it came to scheduling!
— Clark University Alum, '13 (2017)
Erin’s patience, understanding, and rapport with me has really helped me understand, process, and develop coping mechanisms for my thoughts and feelings. Over the time I have worked with Erin, I have gained confidence in myself and my abilities.
— 30 Year Old Young Professional (2017)
Her expertise is working with clients who are focused on managing their emotions through life’s transitions: relationships, finding a new job, life post graduation from college or graduate school, and family changes. I endorse Erin because she balances humor & advice with also the classical theories of social work and therapy; listening and validating feelings. I find her highly professional and makes good use of the other resources available to make therapy work “faster” and “better.” I have seen Erin since June, 2014 since graduating from grad school and we have used journaling, Wellbutrin medication (prescribed in conjunction with therapy by my MD), reading books on vulnerability, and Skype and in-person visits to allow me to let the therapy work over the last 3+ years of being her client. I highly recommend her.
— Boston University School of Public Health alum '14 (2017)
I have worked with Erin for over 5 years and she has truly helped me change my life. She has helped me to reduce my anxiety, think more rationally, find joy in the parts of life that mean something to me, let go of the parts that don’t, and improve my confidence. With her warm and kind personality, she creates a space that feels safe, in which I can share anything. I cannot imagine what my life would look like without her influence. Every single dollar I spent working with Erin was beyond worth it.
— Simmons College alum '13, Nutritionist (2017)
Erin is a terrific therapist, especially for young adults. She is an amazing listener, and explains her thoughts and suggestions in ways that are clear and helpful. She has a terrific energy, and is warm and friendly. Over the past couple years, she has helped me tremendously in dealing with anxiety. She helped me understand myself in ways I never had before, and has given me useful suggestions for dealing with my anxiety.
— Graduate student (2017)
I worked with Erin for nearly four years. What I appreciated the most was her honesty with me. She always kept it real, as I like to say, and pushed me. She did not allow me to sit in my comfort zone which is exactly what I needed. She helped me reframe how I saw things in my mind. Erin helped me talk through and process life events that I thought I would never be able to talk about. She really knows how to ask the right questions. I could go on and on about how truly amazing she is as a compassionate, skilled, trustworthy therapist. Erin is the best of the best!
— Black Merrimack College Alum (2017)

Professional endorsements

I would definitely recommend this therapist. She is competent, qualified, and experienced in working with individuals and groups in need.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Mental health issues (depression, anxiety, trauma), relationships issues, substance use disorders.
— James DiReda, LICSW, PhD (2017)
Erin is a strong therapist who connects well with a diverse client population and is regarded as a strong support system by those clients.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? I would refer clients to Erin for depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma and life transitions.
— Scott Russell, MSW (2017)