Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for evening appointments with a 2-3 week wait
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Adolescent mental health
Erin Knittel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown Manhattan with expertise in supporting adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. As a former high school teacher and guidance counselor, she has a deep understanding of the complex challenges adolescents face. She is passionate about guiding teenagers through this tumultuous stage, helping them explore their individuality while managing social, academic, and personal pressures. She also enjoys seeing young adults navigating college stress, life transitions, and existential crises.
Erin draws upon evidence-based treatment modalities, taking an individualized approach to each client’s unique circumstances. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and supportive therapy with an emphasis on increasing mindfulness.
Erin is dedicated to empowering her clients with self-awareness and long-term coping skills. Her office is conveniently located a short walk from Grand Central.
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
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Adolescent mental health – Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on anxiety related to family conflicts, peer relationships, and school stress
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
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
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
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Group Health Incorporated (GHI)
Initial session: $150 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $125/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $85 - $125 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Therapy is a collaborative journey and partnership through which we can explore patterns, obstacles, and relational goals."
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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center, 2013 - 2015
High School, Teacher and Counselor, 2006-2012
Fordham University, MSEd, 2009
Boston College, BA, 2002