Ellen  Kanner

Ellen Kanner

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for afternoon appointments in Upper East Side practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Accepting new clients for afternoon appointments in Huntington practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Physical wellness & lifestyle changes
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Dr. Ellen Kanner is a clinical psychologist practicing on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Huntington, Long Island. With over 35 years of experience, she brings a seasoned eye and solution-oriented approach to a wide range of individuals and couples. Her goal is to empower clients to resolve challenges quickly and decisively, learning to balance the day-to-day demands of work, relationships, and distressing symptoms.

Dr. Kanner’s approach is highly individualized and comprehensive. She works collaboratively with each client to develop a treatment plan that targets key issues and delivers meaningful results. Her style is direct and integrative, helping clients to gain insight into underlying challenges and build new coping skills. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Dr. Kanner offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and clinical hypnosis to help clients heal from trauma and address problematic self-soothing strategies, like emotional avoidance and alcohol misuse.

Dr. Kanner looks at each client holistically, acknowledging the importance of the connection between physical and emotional well-being. She supports clients to develop a daily routine that supports their overall life goals, and may include exercise, improved sleep hygiene, and mindfulness practices.

Dr. Kanner graduated with her PhD in clinical psychology from Fordham University. She has worked extensively in hospitals and completed her internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She has completed post-graduate workshops at Harvard University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons, and the New York Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.

Message to clients

I focus on providing a strong and effective therapy for each of my clients in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.


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 of 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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

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

Physical wellness & lifestyle changes - Identifying values and goals and developing strategies to achieve these goals to have an optimal lifestyle, including physically

Solution-focused therapy - A guided, conversational approach that helps individuals to understand and achieve their solutions to reduce suffering

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Ellen Kanner is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (45min)

Therapist's note

During COVID-19, Dr. Kanner is offering crisis counseling for individuals greatly impacted by the pandemic.

Dr. Kanner can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper East Side practice

1735 York Avenue

New York, NY 10128


  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Huntington practice

205 East Main Street

Suite 3-8

Huntington, NY 11743


  • Mon 8:30am-6:15pm
  • Tue 8:30am-6:15pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:30am-6:15pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 1983 - present

Kings Park Hospital, 1980 - 1983

Kings County Hospital, 1976 - 1977

Fordham University, Ph.D., 1980

Smith College, B.A., 1972