Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW, JD
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Substance abuse
- Work stress
- College students
Andrew Kang is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and former lawyer practicing in downtown Boston, MA. He specializes in treating those struggling with substance abuse, work stress, depression, and anxiety. He makes use of a range of skill-based modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which center on managing difficult emotions and building concrete strategies for a more positive life experience.
Andrew centers his clients on a behavioral model to help them achieve manageable progress towards long-term recovery. He works closely with clients to battle against stigma that they may face for experiencing addiction, stress, anxiety, or depression in professional and academic settings. With a decade of experience as a lawyer, Andrew is uniquely positioned to understand the demands of a high pressure career, and helps professionals of all disciplines achieve greater balance in their working and home lives.
Andrew greatly values a team-based approach and is apt at connecting his clients with other clinicians and support systems to complement his talk therapy.
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Working professionals – Stress related to balance of home and work life
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Andrew is not in network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/Ongoing sessions: $200
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Andrew can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Let's have a conversation about what you need and want."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2010 - Present
The O'Connor Professional Group, Director of Clinical Services, 2012 - Present
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Adjunct Professor, 2011 - Present
Boston College, MSW, 2010
Private Law Practice, 1997-2008
Boston College, JD, 1997