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Sarah Kwan, PHD
Licensed Psychologist, Founder, Virtual & In-person
Women & Teens 13+

Over my years in the mental health field, I have come to believe that the relationship between client and practitioner is the bedrock of a successful therapeutic experience. As such, I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach and instead, draw on a range of insight-oriented, mind-body informed interventions. Fundamentally, my practice is rooted in antiracism, feminism, decolonization and inclusion. 

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

Racial trauma and identity

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

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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

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FAQs
What is your per session fee?
  • Each 50-minute adult psychotherapy session with Sarah Kwan, PhD Licensed Psychologist is $225

  • Each 50-minute adolescent psychotherapy session with Sarah Kwan is $250

What is your cancellation policy?

Your therapy session is a time reserved especially for you.  Your credit card will be charged the full fee of the session if you cancel within 48 hours or no show.

How long is each individual session and how frequently do I attend?

Each 50-minute psychotherapy session is typically attended weekly, although this recommendation may be adapted to your specific needs.

Do you accept insurance?

While we do not currently accept insurance, we reserve a small number of sliding scale fees which are approved on a case by case basis.

 

Additionally, we can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance company to determine the rate at which you are eligible to be reimbursed.

How do you handle privacy and confidentiality?

All aspects of your treatment are confidential within the practice. Important exceptions include if there is risk that you might do harm to yourself or someone else. I am a mandated reporter for the abuse of protected populations, including children, elderly and incapacitated adults. For further information, please review my "Notice of Privacy Policies" in its entirety.