Simon Chung, M.A., M.S., R.P.
It is not uncommon to struggle with stressful life experiences, distressing thoughts and emotions, difficult relationships, or unhelpful behaviours. Much of the time we can get through these struggles on our own, but when we can’t, reaching out for professional help is one of the best things we can do to take care of ourselves. I commend you for reaching out for support!
I provide psychological assessment and treatment to individuals and couples facing a wide range of difficulties, I provide psychological assessment and treatment to individuals and couples facing a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, obsessions/compulsions, chronic pain, stress, anger, and inattention. I also often support clients in their difficulties managing relationship and family conflict, academic/career concerns, identity struggles, grief and loss, and other life transitions and crises. Additionally, I have extensive experience assisting those adjusting to physical health concerns, disability, and workplace difficulties. My focus is always on creating a safe and validating environment for people of all cultural identities; including those defined by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability.
Whether we meet for treatment or psychological assessment, we will work together to establish your goals, identify relevant information related to your difficulties, and together build an appropriate and individualized plan. We will Whether we meet for treatment or psychological assessment, we will work together to establish your goals, identify relevant information related to your difficulties, and together build an appropriate and individualized plan. We will use scientifically-based questionnaires, combined with in-session conversations, to most comprehensively understand you and the difficulties you are experiencing. In my understanding of you, I will consider how current and historical events and circumstances might contribute to your present concerns; regardless of your background, I will also consider the cultural context of your problems and psychological distress.
In my therapy work, I take an integrative approach that draws from several theoretical models. The evidence-based treatments I utilize include cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, humanistic, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based approaches. Irrespective of the specific techniques used, I always come from a strength-based and person-centered approach that promotes trust, empowers, is culturally responsive, and builds from our client-therapist alliance.
I have over 10 years of clinical experience providing treatment and assessment services to adults and older adolescents in hospital, community mental health, university counseling, and private outpatient settings. Over the years I have also been involved in a wide range of mental health and psychotherapy-focused research projects. Many have investigated how to increase quality of clinical services, broaden accessibility of services, and improve our understanding of how to best serve all communities in need. My current research aspires to disentangle the co-occurrence of sleep disturbance and psychological distress.
At the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR), I am a clinical psychology resident completing my doctoral training under the supervision of Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych. and Dr. Aleks Milosevic, C.Psych. I am also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, and registered for autonomous practice with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
- Anger & Emotion Regulation
- Anxiety & Stress
- Attention Deficit & Learning Challenges
- Depression, Mood & Grief
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Self-Growth & Self-Esteem
- Trauma Psychology & PTSD