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Ernie O'Connell(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
New York
Anxiety - Depression- Relationship issues- Sexual health & dysfunction- Trauma-Women's issues-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

Professional statement

Ernie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works primarily with millennials and adults who are seeking support for anxiety, depression, and life transitions. These transitions can include moving, beginning/ending relationships, and making lifestyle or career changes. She also assists those struggling with relationship issues, family confict and sexual issues. Ernie helps these clients accept themselves for who they are while increasing their coping abilities, communication skills, self-esteem, and self-love. Life transitions, even positive ones, can leave us feeling stuck, anxious, confused, and lost. She also specializes in helping young adults resolve past trauma.

Ernie's style is rooted in Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and she has training in many different types of therapy including Mindfulness, Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Ernie pulls from different styles depending on her client's goals, needs, and preferences for a uniquely curated therapy experience.

Together, your work with Ernie will help you navigate through difficult emotions and feelings while learning to recognize and change negative thought patterns. You will gain the ability to feel comfortable and confident with yourself, increase your ability to cope with your stressors and improve your relationships with others. This process will happen in a safe, judgment-free space. Life transitions do not need to be overwhelming. Having the right support can make this a time of self-growth and personal betterment.

Ernie takes a warm, humanistic, and collaborative approach to therapy. She deeply values the therapist-client relationship and believes in its power to spark self-growth and create lasting change.

Message to clients

I strongly believe that everyone can benefit from the therapeutic process. We all experience difficult times that leave us feeling stuck, alone, and unsure of how to move forward. Our work together will teach you the tools to move through this time, manage difficult emotions, incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily life, and help you to understand how emotional wounds from the past might be informing your present thoughts and behaviors.

My goal is to create a space free of judgment. This space will allow you to feel vulnerable in a safe way and authentically express yourself. I work collaboratively with my clients in creating individualized treatment plans and goals for therapy so we can make the most out of our time working together.

I’d love to connect and discuss what you’re looking for and how I can best support you on this journey. Send me an email, and we can schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation.

Work and Education

Esther Perel MA, LMFT (PESI), From Pain to Pleasure: Erotic Recovery in Trauma Healing, 2023
Amy Van Arsdale PhD (PESI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Integrative CBT and Schema Therapy Techniques for Anxiety, Trauma, and Eating Disorders, 2023
Michael Yapko PhD (NICABM), Michael Yapko PhD (NICABM), 2022
Stan Tatkin PsyD, MFT (NICABM), How to Break the 'Never Good Enough' Cycle in Relationships, 2022
Paris Goodyear Brown LCSW, RPT-S, Trauma Play: A Cutting Edge, Attachment-Based Treatment Framework, 2022
Robert Lusk PhD (PESI), Trauma- Informed CBT Help Traumatized Clients Change Their Thoughts and Behaviors to Achieve Lasting Relief, 2022
Shelly Harrell PhD (NICABM), How Social Prejudice Can Cultivate Imposter Syndrome, 2021
Laurel Parnell PhD (NICABM), How EMDR can Reprocess the Felt Sense of 'Never Good Enough", 2020
Barry W Mccarthy PhD, ABPP (PESI), Sex made simple: Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy, 2020
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Essentials of CBT the Beck Approach, 2017


New York: 013484




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

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Sexual health & dysfunction - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman


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

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • BCBS HMO-Swedish Covent
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • GHI
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Optimum
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Ernie O'Connell is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed