Last edited 01/17/2023
Serena Chung LMHC, LPC
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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.
Adolescent mental health
Body image issues
Caregiver stress & support
Drug addiction & abuse
Types of Therapy
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Training / Certifications
Mandated Reported Training
- New York, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 009561
- New Jersey, Licensed Professional Counselor, 37PC00733600
MSEd, Mental Health Counseling, Hunter College
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!
Frequently Asked Questions About Serena Chung, LMHC, LPC
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Serena Chung, LMHC, LPC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Serena Chung accepting new clients?
Yes, Serena Chung is accepting new clients.
Does Serena Chung accept insurance?
No, Serena Chung does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Serena Chung offer?
Serena Chung offers therapy for individuals.
Does Serena Chung offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in New York and New Jersey can book Serena Chung for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Serena Chung offer online therapy?
Yes, Serena Chung offers online therapy to people in New York and New Jersey.
How quickly can I see Serena Chung?
Serena Chung typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Serena Chung speak?
Serena Chung conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Serena Chung online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Serena Chung online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.