Serena ChungLMHC

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Availability

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If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

Many people might be reluctant to begin therapy as the thought of therapy already feels heavy. Some might feel too vulnerable to unload to a stranger all of their issues. I do believe therapy requires work and reflecting into your inner world; however, it goes at your own pace. I often find it easier and less burdensome to unload issues onto a stranger who is not directly in your personal life. Each session can be as heavy or as light as you would like. I believe gentle redirecting is necessary in therapy at times, but stemming from a person-centered approach, I do not pressure my clients into facing what they are not ready for.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I like to set goals with clients in the beginning or after the first session and periodically review them as we progress in therapy. I believe goals can be changed or refined as we dig deeper into issues concerning an individual. Reviewing goals and seeing how they are achieved or changed indicate growth.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I have always been a listener. I find that active listening is not as easy as it sounds and requires a personality who actually hears what you are saying. In my personal life, I too find that talking about my problems will help alleviate some of the stress despite some of the problems still remaining a constant. Long before becoming a therapist, I was already a "therapist"; amongst my peers. I believe my personality influences my approach of person-centered therapy as I am a gentle guider and active listener.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$100

First Session

$100

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered Therapy

Training / Certifications

Mandated Reported Training

Licensure

NY, LMHC, 009561

NJ, LPC, 37PC00733600

Education

MSEd, Mental Health Counseling, Hunter College

Work History

Hi! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with approximately 5 years of counseling experience working with individuals. My main focus have been with individuals carrying dual diagnoses of substance use disorders as well as other mental health diagnoses. I have worked with clients managing addiction, depression, anxiety, family/intimate partner relationship issues, career issues, as well as patients who have had past traumatic experiences. I am an empathic and dedicated counselor with specialized knowledge and understanding of crisis thinking as well as utilization of Evidence Based Practices in treatment. I strive to assist my clients through a person-centered/client focused approach in order to grow with different individuals on their unique journeys. I believe each person holds the key to unlocking the mystery behind their stressors and I would love to begin paving the path to finding out those answers with you. I look forward to working with you!

Location

Remote Therapist, Fort Lee, 07024, NJ