Betsy Chung, Psy.D.
Voice Mail: (626) 872-3156
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Works in: Huntington Beach, Los
Betsy Chung, Psy.D is a licensed clinical psychologist, and has been practicing psychotherapy for
7 years. She provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy and psychological assessment, and has had special
training anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, skills training (specifically parenting and assertiveness), and
adolescent psychology. Dr. Chung has worked in many different treatment settings including youth advocacy programs,
in-patient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse day treatment programs, and community mental health clinics, and
has treated populations of many different races, cultures, and ages.
Through her work in various treatment settings, Dr. Chung has developed her own philosophy about
mental health treatment and uses an integrative approach to therapy. She believes that an individual's present
conflicts are typically a manifestation of deep-rooted early conflicts that were unresolved, and result in the
development of unhealthy life patterns and distressing attitudes about the world that he or she lives in, in order
to achieve a false senses of safety that impairs an individual from living a more fulfilling
While Dr. Chung treats
all of her clients unique to his or her own needs, she typically spends the first few sessions of therapy gathering
information about her clients in order to gain a deep understanding of each clients' life experiences and current
stressors that led them to seek treatment. With a better understanding of her clients' unique life experiences
and needs, Dr. Chung collaborates with her clients to identify unhealthy habits and attitudes about their lives and
develop treatment goals that will give way to more positive, effective, and lasting change.
When working with
clients, Dr. Chung tailors her treatment approaches in order to best fit her clients' needs and personal style. Dr.
Chung fosters a safe and supportive environment for her clients to openly explore their personal experiences
without judgment. She believes that therapy should be comfortable and candid, and therefore, uses a less formal
communication style in order to promote what she believes to be a more genuine relationship with her
Below are some modalities
of treatment that Dr. Chung integrates into her practice of psychology:
Dr. Chung believes that insecure attachments to earlier caregivers result in difficulties with
boundary setting and poor problem solving skills. By gaining a deeper understanding of different styles of
communication and relating to others, Dr. Chung helps her clients identify areas of their lives where boundaries
are needed, and then teaches her clients the skills to getting needs met in a more effective manner. Substance
abusers can benefit from assertiveness training by learning more effective coping skills to deal with unwanted
problems, learning to select and develop healthier interpersonal relationships, and learning to set clear
boundaries that help to reduce the occurrence of relapse.
Positive Parenting Program
Dr. Chung is certified in the evidence based practice "Positive Parenting Program" (Triple P).
Triple P is a short-term parenting treatment model designed to help parents manage misbehavior of young children
and adolescents. The treatment model helps parents to develop more positive methods of parenting that result in
parents' feeling of control over their own emotional responses to their children, and ultimately improve
parent-child relationships. Those recovering from addiction may experience negative feelings such as frustration,
shame, and guilt in their relationships with their children, therefore, Triple P helps parents develop more
effective and consistent parenting strategies that will foster a safer and more predictable environment for their
Dr. Chung believes that an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all inter-related.
Cognitive-Behavioral therapy helps a client to identify irrational automatic thoughts that affect feelings and
behaviors, and through in-session and out-of-session skill development, an individual is better able to challenge
his or her maladaptive assumptions about the world, and ultimately achieve a more adaptive world view. Substance
abusers tend to have a negative perception of the world, which affect their emotions and in turn causes them to use
substances to cope with those negative emotions. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy can help to break the cycle of
substance abuse, and challenge negative thought processes that contribute to
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Dr. Chung is trained in TF-CBT, which is an evidence based treatment model designed for
individuals who have experienced a life-threatening or traumatic incident, and currently struggle with physical and
emotional affects of trauma. The goal of TF-CBT is to help an individual gain control over intrusive trauma
reminders and automatic responses through desensitization and gradual exposure. TF-CBT is designed for adolescence
and younger, but with adults, Dr. Chung borrows cognitive-behavioral management skills from this treatment model to
help adults overcome traumatic experiences. Many times, painful and intrusive memories of traumatic experiences
serve as a trigger to substance abuse, and may have been the reason to begin substance abuse, thus TF-CBT can help
to identify those triggers, replace maladaptive coping skills with more effective ones, and challenge irrational
assumptions about the world created by trauma experience.
Dr. Chung is certified in the evidence based practice Seeking Safety, which is a treatment model
designed to provide effective life skills to those in recovery of substance abuse resulting from a painful trauma.
Each week of treatment introduces a new skill designed to develop a safer and healthier lifestyle, as well as
collaborative development of weekly commitments with Dr. Chung to ensure active efforts toward
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