Eric  McKnight

Eric McKnight

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Socioeconomic background and place of origin
  • Concussion-induced mood challenges
  • Existential challenges & life transitions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Personal finances
  • Relationship difficulties
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Self-harm
  • Stress management
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Social skill improvement

Professional statement

Eric received his Master of Social Work from Boston University, and his BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University. He was previously a psychotherapist at Rhode Island Hospital's Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Care units.

Eric sees many university students experiencing anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. He has particular expertise in areas pertaining to existential challenges, socioeconomic background and place of origin, and one's emotional relationship to personal finances. Eric sees many individuals for issues specific to athletics, as well, such as concussion-induced mood challenges.

Eric uses existential, interpersonal and acceptance based therapeutic approaches to help clients understand and work through their struggles.

Message to clients

It takes a lot of courage to reach out and try therapy, and I congratulate you for taking this important step. For whatever reason, if there has been a struggle or something that is holding you back, therapy can be a way to take care of yourself and to try different possibilities that might take you to the next step in life. My approach is playful, conversational, and strengths-based, and we'll work to identify your inherent ability to overcome that which is holding you back, while laughing along the way to ease the difficult conversations.


Socioeconomic background and place of origin - Trained to understand how an individual's place of origin affects them, especially individuals who feel marginalized societally

Concussion-induced mood challenges - Helping individuals such as athletes who have suffered concussions deal with its effects on mood, the loss of joy, and any aggravated mood disorders through coping strategies

Existential challenges & life transitions - Finding a way to make sense of life and make life fulfilling within the boundaries of life’s circumstances; adjusting to college, post-graduation career transitions, and new relationships

Anxiety and depression - General anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks; feeling down, overall mood disturbance

Personal finances - Dealing with financial stress and personal financial crises; helping students and young professionals understand their relationship and emotional connection to money, as well as healthy uses of money, especially as they develop their own understanding of money that is independent from that of their families

Relationship difficulties - Includes conflict resolution, communication improvement, recovering loss in intimacy, transitions to marriage, or saving a marriage; recognizing patterns in relationships and past failed relationships; finding the person you want to be with; same sex and heterosexual couples counseling

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Loss and grief - Coping with the loss of a loved one or community member

Self-harm - Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting

Stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other

Borderline personality disorder - Increasing insight into relational patterns and destructive behaviors; development of coping strategies for uncomfortable emotions or situations; skills for emotional identification and regulation

Social skill improvement - Issues in asserting ones needs, conflict avoidance


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • United Healthcare
  • Providence College Student Health Insurance (Cigna)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (45min)
  • Initial session: $125 (60min)

Therapist's note

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are of low income.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? No

Providence practice

150 Chestnut Street


Providence, RI 02903


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Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2012 - Present

Rhode Island Hospital - Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, Psychotherapist of Acute Care, 2008 - 2012

Rhode Island Hospital - Outpatient Care, Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2012

Gateway Healthcare, Emergency Service After-Hours Evaluator, 2010 – 2011

Boston University, MSW, Clinical Track,

Arizona State University, BA, Psychology, Religious Studies



Client testimonials

"Eric is great at what he does. I’ve seen a few therapists, and he was the only one that treated me as a holistic human being from day one. He is really funny and makes me look forward to our appointment every week. He is also transparent and responsive to feedback."

- Brown University student of color '16 • June 2015