Katherine Chen LCSW, Clinical Social Work in San Francisco, California, 94110

Katherine Chen


Katherine Chen


Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 61375
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $40-130 fee per session, need-based sliding scale, free 15 minute consultation by phone or in person
Free Initial Consultation


3150 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94110

My Approach to Helping

I firmly believe that people have a right to own their individuality and use self-expression to find and make their own way in healthy and constructive manner. People possess their own strength and resilience but may sometimes need an outside source to guide and support them in their journey. In our work together, I will strive to create a supportive space where, as needed, we can explore the past and create change for the future. Whether you feel that there is too much or too little change in your life right now, we will work together to help you find that perfect balance.

Congratulations on making this first step. Please visit my website! I look forward to beginning this work with you!

More Info About My Practice

My full-fee schedule is $130 for a therapeutic hour (50 minute) session. I believe that therapy should be a resource for all and not only for those without financial constraints. For this reason, I maintain a sliding scale fee and will soon be taking insurance. Please email or call me so we can get started. I look forward to beginning this work with you!

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Despite this being the 21st century, cultural stigma still exists with regards to mental healthcare and therapy. Many people shy away from the idea of sitting with a complete stranger and sharing details of their lives which they may have difficulty sharing with friends or family or even acknowledging. Other people have been firmly engaged with therapy from a very young age and cannot imagine life functioning without it.

I believe there is a healthy middle ground for psychotherapy. I view my role as a therapist as a creator of a safe space, holding vessel, sounding board and guide. You have many strengths or else you would not have made it this far in life. My job often is to help you determine what track is best for you to follow and brainstorm on how to get yourself onto that track to success and happiness.

I have some tricks up my sleeve, and you have some of your own whether you know it now or not. Let's begin the work so we can get you to that upward spiraling track to a better and happier self.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I have worked with children, teens and adults for the past 8 years on the West Coast as well as on the East. In a variety of settings ranging from the floor of a school's Multi Purpose Room to a "proper" therapy couch at an East Bay hospital couch, I have found some themes remain the same. One, as mentioned before, people often have internal strengths and resources hidden from their own view. Two, sometimes, people are not "psychologically troubled" or even diagnosable but instead just experiencing LIFE complete with the roller coasters of high's and low's.

Depending on your stage of life, you may be experiencing anxiety stemming from switching schools, grief from having lost a loved one, depression from a job loss...anything that, unfortunately, is par for the course existing as a human. Being engaged with a therapist does not mean that you are "crazy," it could merely mean that you are living the day to day of a person wanting to actively work towards a better tomorrow.

Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQI, non-binary identifying population

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
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