Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Motivational Interviewing
- Adjustment issues
- Compulsive behavior
Kevin Chiang is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Hartford, CT specializing in Motivational Interviewing, depression, adjustment issues, addiction, and compulsive behavior. He also has expertise in cultural diversity, both from personal experience and from working with participants in asylum programs.
Kevin utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Internal Family System, mindfulness practices, Psychoanalytical Therapy, Supportive Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
In his private practice, Kevin sees children, teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and family therapy. He particularly enjoys working with men looking to overcome emotional blocks and work on anger issues.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Adjustment issues – A psychological disturbance that develop in response to unexpected personal crisis or stressful life event
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Motivational Interviewing – A goal-oriented approach counseling which help people to make positive behavioral change to support their health
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Kevin is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial session: $180 (90min)
- Ongoing sessions: $120 (60min), $100 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $60 - $95 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Kevin can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I am passionate to provide you a professional and safe environment which allows you to freely express yourself. You have already taken the first step in healing process when you start seeking therapy because you recognized the emotional distress and issue which need to be addressed. This motivation is so important that I will assist you to maintain it and transform it into positive outcomes by improving your way of coping. I look forward to work together - You are not alone in overcoming any life challenges."
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)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Community Health Center, 2017 - Present
Community Reviewal Team Inc., 2013 - 2016
University of Connecticut, MSW, 2014
Soochow University, BSW, 2011