About Me

After receiving my B.A. at the University of British Columbia, I was lucky enough to spend the next chapter of my life across 4 different countries. Along the way, I completed my M.S. at King’s College London and my PhD at Fordham University in New York City. During this time, I had the opportunity to co-author published works on education as well as take my practice all the way to Shanghai, China where I worked with expatriate families.

 

Alongside my private practice, I am also a community-based Clinical Supervisor, mentoring and training new clinicians as they start their careers. 

I am licensed to practice therapy in California #28869.

Infertility

The distress of infertility not only challenges deeply held beliefs about oneself and the world, but also affects the delicate and complex ecosystems of intimate partner relationships (romantic, friendship or otherwise). Difficulties around support, satisfaction and communication are common, impacting an extension of networks, including familial and social.


There is evidence that men and women experience infertility differently, managing this crisis in unique ways. The role of women is often more strongly intertwined with the role of motherhood, interrupting what can be seen as a critical life event. Women’s social lives may also change as female friends become mothers and alter their focuses in life. This can impact the quality of friendships, with many infertile women losing contact with or isolating themselves from friends who have become mothers.


Infertility counselling offers the opportunity to explore, in greater depth, concerns related to the experience and treatment of infertility. Diagnostic and medical procedures in and of themselves represent an unforeseen source of stress for the majority of individuals, particularly as techniques become more invasive and time- and money-spent grows. Processing feelings of anxiety, guilt and grief as well as reframing beliefs around the meaning of infertility is critical to creating healthier narratives about oneself, others and the future.

Adult Psychotherapy

Fertility/Infertility

Current and/or historical trauma, including physical and sexual violence

Harm Reduction, including self-harm behaviors

Career challenges

Dating/Relationships

Pregnancy & Motherhood

Eating disorders and other compulsive disorders

Mother-Daughter Dyads

Anxiety/Depression

Learn More

Adolescent Psychotherapy

Current and/or historical trauma, including physical and sexual violence

Anger management and acting out behaviors

Self-injurious behaviors

Depression & suicidal ideation and intent

Coping with academic stress

Sexual Orientation/Gender Questions

Sexual Health

Parent-child relationship

Peer and intimate relationships

Bullying, including emotional impact of social media

Learn More

Areas of Expertise

Find out more about the different areas I specialize in and why psychotherapy might be helpful for you.

 
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon

Book an appointment

P: 415-578-0571

F: 415-925-0693

1730 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California, 94115

©2017 by Dr. Sarah Kwan, PhD. Proudly created with Wix.com