ABOUT DR. BETSY
Hi! I’m Dr. Betsy Chung! I’m a licensed clinical psychologist. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, in a multi-cultural community, and am bilingual English and Cantonese-Chinese.
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2005 with emphasis in Behavioral Psychology and Educational Studies. During my time as a student there, I worked as an administrative assistant in a psychology group practice, which motivated me to become a psychologist myself.
I earned my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Alliant University in 2010, and became a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California in 2013. Alliant focuses their clinical training on the understanding that multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity is crucial to effective psychological treatment. Because of that invaluable training, I developed a sense of fascination for understanding people’s diverse backgrounds, which helps me work effectively with people from different ethnic and cultural communities, ages, and difficulties.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, long outdoor runs, learning to cook, and binging on TV shows! Some favorites are Succession, GoT, The Office, and
Curb Your Enthusiasm.
2007-2008 I completed my first internship at The Children's Collective in south Los Angeles, counseling youth that were on legal probation and identified as "at-risk" for future criminal behavior.
2008-2009 My second internship was completed at Exodus Recovery, a co-morbid mental health and substance abuse day-treatment center for adults in south Los Angeles.
2009-2010 I completed my third pre-doctoral internship at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California. Half of my time was spent at the adolescent unit providing individual and group psychotherapy to teenagers suffering from difficulties including severe depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and psychosis. The other half of my time was spent working in the partial-hospitalization unit, with adults struggling with disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and substance abuse.
2011-2014 My post-doctoral internship was completed at Enki Health and Research Systems in Rosemead, Caifornia. There, I worked with teenagers and families providing treatment using evidence based practices (discussed below), and was contracted to conduct legal evaluations of foster children and their families for the Los Angeles Child Protective Services.
I have spent time as an instructor for graduate psychology programs at Argosy University and Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition to psychological treatment in my private practice, I have also conducted psychological evaluations related to legal immigration cases, personal injury cases, fitness for duty evaluations, and child protection cases. Currently, I specialize in working with individuals that struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, and a huge array of relationship difficulties.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
A short-term, evidence based treatment designed to help children and teenagers overcome psychological and emotional stress following traumatic experiences.
A short-term, evidence based treatment designed to help adult clients overcome post-traumatic stress by developing specific, effective strategies to manage emotional distress that follows traumatic experiences.
Positive Parenting Program
A short term treatment for parents struggling with their children's behavior. Equips parents with effective parenting strategies and skills that can be applied to a multitude of situations.
MY TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY
“I deeply believe that our time in this life is meant to be enjoyed rather than suffered, and that’s why I focus on helping you live more effectively. There is no escape from hardships and pain, but it’s possible to live a good life in spite of it.
By understanding where you came from, how your past made you who you are, and why you do the things you do, you can tease out the stuff that still works, and replace the stuff that doesn’t work anymore with better stuff. “
Want to know more about my treatment philosophy? Check out my Instagram feed to see if my words and perspectives resonate with you! @lovealways.drbetsy