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.
What are your fees per session?
Each 50-minute adolescent psychotherapy session with Sarah Kwan, PhD Licensed Psychologist is $225 +
Each 50-minute adolescent psychotherapy session with Athenia Teng, Senior Associate Psychotherapist is $195 +
Each 50-minute adolescent psychotherapy session with Courtney Cheng, Associate Psychotherapist is $175 +
Do you take insurance?
While I do not currently accept insurance, I reserve a small number of sliding scale fees which are approved on a case by case basis.
Additionally, I 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.
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 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. We are mandated reporters for child abuse.
Areas of specialty
Current and/or historical trauma, including physical and sexual violence
Anger management and acting out behaviors
Depression & suicidal ideation and intent
Coping with academic stress
Sexual Orientation/Gender Questions
Peer and intimate relationships
Bullying, including emotional impact of social media
We take an interactive, insight-oriented approach to therapy, offering feedback and building upon your existing strengths.
While we draw on a variety therapeutic methods, we believe that early life experiences and relationships can shape our strengths and challenges as adults.
We incorporate a range of modalities, including Mindfulness, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy,
Attachment Theory and Cognitive therapies.
Our Adolescent & Teen Psychotherapy practice is focused on supporting boys and girls, ages 12 – 18, as they strive to meet increasing social, emotional and academic demands.
As an adolescent moves through puberty, rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes take place; thus my work with this age group demands a style of fluidity and flexibility that is profoundly different than that of a child or adult. Coupled with societal and peer influences, this can be a confusing and difficult period, often marked by anxiety and even moments of despair.
When a parent watches their once happy-go-lucky, gregarious child transform into a moody teen, it can be a disquieting and somewhat bewildering experience. The goal of therapy is to provide a judgment-free space in which your child can talk about the many important and stressful decisions he or she faces whilst building up the skills and resilience to lead a happy, healthy life.