Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Career counseling
- Eating disorders
- Identity development
- Life transitions
- Cultural adjustment
Dr. Pei-Han Cheng is a licensed psychologist in Midtown, specializing in relationship issues, career counseling, eating concerns and body image, and multicultural challenges. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and had an intensive training in psychodynamic therapy, multicultural psychology, mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Dr. Cheng has developed a specialty in eating concerns and body image since her post-doctoral fellowship in the Eating Concerns Collaborative Treatment Team at the University of Pennsylvania. She helps clients understand the underlying cause of their actions and develop a healthier relationship with food.
With career counseling, Dr. Cheng is collaborative, strength-based, and solution-focused towards supporting clients identity their dream career and take proactive steps toward career goals. Her most rewarding work is supporting women in balancing work and life, managing different roles and workplace discrimination.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cheng is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College and a consultant on diversity and inclusivity for organizations. She is very passionate about supporting international individuals, first-generation Americans, and Asians/Asian Americans as they work through cross-cultural challenges, including grappling with different cultural expectations and developing their own unique identity.
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Identity development – Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Cultural adjustment – Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Dr. Cheng is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $250/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Cheng can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"It’s very empowering to recognize what you need and actively solve the problems. Through the journey of discovering yourself, breaking from unhelpful patterns, and practicing new skills or new ways of relating to people, you can thrive and enjoy life better. My clients set off for this journey in the warm, supportive space I provide.”
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)
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Brooklyn College, Faculty, 2018 - Present
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Brooklyn College, 2018 - Present
St. John's University, 2015 - 2018
University of Pennsylvania, 2013 - 2015
Columbia University, PhD, 2014
Boston College, MA, 2008