We are a private pay only child therapy practice. While we do not accept insurance, we offer competitive rates and accept many types of payment.

Erica Smuckler

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Owner & Clinical Director

Erica Smuckler, LCSW, Courageous Kids Counseling, child and teen therapy, New City, NY

Erica Smuckler

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Owner & Clinical Director

Specializing In




About Erica Smuckler

Erica Smuckler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing child therapy in New York and New Jersey. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Erica Smuckler has been treating children, adolescents, adults, and families for fourteen years. She has extensive experience working in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinical centers, public schools, and private schools for special needs children.

In 2012, she graduated from CUNY Queens College in New York and became a School Psychologist. She worked for eight years as a School Psychologist in public education. As a School Psychologist she focused on the learning and emotional needs of children. Having worked in education, she has an insider’s perspective into the rigor of academic curriculum and the challenges children and their families face. She can help you advocate for your children’s learning needs.

In 2020, Erica Smuckler started her private practice in New City, New York, where she and her associates provide child therapy and specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma in children and teens. She works with clients in Rockland and Westchester County, New York and Bergen County, New Jersey.

Erica Smuckler’s practice applies evidence-based treatment approaches. She has extensive experience treating children and adolescents utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Exposure Therapy, and Hypnosis.

She is constantly increasing her skills and treatment modalities by obtaining trainings and certifications. She also offers supervision and consultation to continue to support others in the field of anxiety and depression treatment.


As the Owner and Executive Director of Courageous Kids Counseling, Erica’s availability to see clients is limited. At this time, she is only accepting clients who struggle with anxiety. Erica holds virtual therapy appointments during daytime hours only.

Training & Certifications

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is an evidence-based treatment approach used to help children, teens, and adults recover from trauma and other distressing life events. It has been effective in treating individuals with anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. EMDR focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors resulting from distressing memories so that the brain can heal and increase positive thinking about future events.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is an evidence-based approach to treating anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  It has also been demonstrated to be effective in treating depression. CBT helps children and teens analyze and reduce negative thoughts that lead to unhelpful thinking and behavior in order to promote more positive thoughts and experiences.

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is an evidence-based behavioral approach used to help children and teens with anxiety disorders. It involves focusing on the source of anxiety without the threat of danger or harm. Through repeated exposure and practice, this helps children and teens overcome their anxiety and embrace new experiences.

Pediatric Hypnosis

Pediatric hypnosis is an effective method for helping children and teens relax and slow down their thinking when they feel overwhelmed. It has been utilized to strengthen self-control over physical and behavioral challenges. Children and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, sleep issues, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder have been shown to benefit from this approach. Using their imagination and the power of suggestion, they discover their capabilities and apply them toward overcoming obstacles.


30-Minute Individual Therapy Session


45-Minute Individual Therapy Session


60-Minute Individual Therapy Session


Schedule an Appointment Today

Courageous Kids Counseling is an out of network (OON) group practice. As such, fees are due at the time of service. We do not accept insurance. We accept a variety of payment methods, including cash, check, debit card, and credit card, health savings accounts, and flexible health care spending accounts.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that our clients sometimes need to cancel their appointments. Please let us know if you are unable to keep your appointment. There is a full session charge for sessions canceled within 24 hours (except for emergency situations). If you have any questions about our policy, we would be happy to provide more information.