Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, Adults and Families

Are you suffering emotionally? Are you having trouble functioning at work or in your relationships?

My goal is to understand what you are struggling with and together, over time, we will figure out what you need. It can be hard to look at oneself due to feelings of fear, shame, and guilt. I will be very interested in understanding what you are contending with, and will strive to help you. I have many tools that can be helpful for understanding yourself and conducting your therapy.

I invite you to look through my website and contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested in working with me.

Contact Dr. Yookyung Kwon at (650) 804-3035 or at

About Me

I am licensed in California as a Clinical Psychologist. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I can work either in English or in Korean, and am accepting all genders, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Clinical Experience

Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS), Inc. - Mental Health Counselor & Staff Psychologist
Psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine & Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Clinic of Pacific Graduate School of Psychology - Clinical Internship
Santa Clara County Mental Health Center, Asian Americans for Community Involvement - Behavioral Health Intern

Psychology Research

UC Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior (stress reactivity, post- partum depression, motivation)
Stanford School of Medicine - Stanford Geriatric Education Center (family caregiving stress)
Stanford University - Lab of Life-Span Development (positivity effect, emotional memory)


San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis - Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
California School of Professional Psychology - Doctoral Respecialization in Clinical Psychology
Cornell University - Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
Yonsei University - Master in Human Development & Family Studies
Yonsei University - B.A. in English Language & Literature

My Approach

Central to my work is developing a strong connection with each of my patients. I make use of multiple psychological points of view, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and developmental perspectives. I endeavor to tailor our work to our evolving understanding of what you need.

In therapy, I will treat you with empathy, genuineness, respect and non-judgmental regard. We will work as a team to understand and deal with your challenges. I will expect you to actively engage in the therapy process. When we encounter difficulties and obstacles during the process, I will do my best to help you overcome them so that your goals can be realized.

I would like to work with you to help you achieve higher functioning, grow your potential, and feel happy with your life. People grow as a result of experiencing mistakes and failures, often from emotional pain. I will strive to help you navigate your challenges with emotional poise. I hope that you will be able to make positive changes to your life as result of the therapy process.


Entering Therapy

Initially we would meet to clarify your current issues prior to discussing a potential treatment plan. In other words, assessment precedes treatment. Of course, if you are in crisis when you come to see me, that would be the highest priority.

Scheduling Therapy

We will meet often enough for the treatment to be effective, and it t is often most helpful to regularly schedule appointments.

Fees and Insurance

I am happy to discuss my fees and fee policy on the phone or at our initial meetings. I will bill you directly. I am not contracted with any insurance company as an in-network provider. If your insurance policy covers out-of-network services, my statement will provide enough information for you to submit a claim to your insurance company so that they can reimburse your therapy. In any case, I will need to receive payment from you directly.


Please call me at (650) 804-3035

It’s likely that you will need to leave me a voice mail, but I will try my best to call you as soon as possible. If you do choose to email me, please provide a telephone number at which I can call you back. Before confirming an appointment, I would like to speak with you by phone to be sure that I am the right fit for your needs.

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