About Joanna Chung

Everyone at some point in life struggles. Sometimes the challenges and pain that come with life are so large, so intense, that it feels impossible to find a solution. When these struggles persist, it is easy to wonder if things will ever change. Perhaps you, or someone you love, is in the middle of this type of struggle. If so, I’m glad you came to this website. I would love to be of help, and invite you to keep reading in order to see if you think we might make a good team in working through whatever challenges are confronting you right now. 

Many of the people with whom I’ve worked in therapy tell me that the distress they feel has built up over a long period of time. Perhaps it is someone who has always been somewhat anxious, but now the anxiety is starting to control his or her life.

Alternatively, it might be someone who has struggled with depression, always keeping just a step ahead of it, but now it has overtaken him or her. By this point in their life, the person has started to feel tired and worn out from the struggle. Guilt, remorse, and self-recrimination can begin to take root.

When faced with these sort of challenges, it is easy to feel hopeless. Quite often, what has led to this distressing situation is that the person has gone through life with certain core needs having not been met. In fact, I’ve know some who have even come to believe that they no longer deserve to have their basic needs for support, respect and affirmation met by those they love. This situation will eventually wear anyone down and lead to depression, anxiety or resentment. 

I want to help. What’s more, I know that you do not have to settle for living with these struggles. Working together, we can uncover, understand and resolve the issues that create so much pain in your life. My goal is to help you create lasting change and experience a vastly deeper sense of life satisfaction. We can do this by discovering what is preventing you from overcoming these problems, and then work together to build the skills, insight and experiences you need to succeed.

I began my work in psychotherapy as a behaviorist working with families and children on the autism spectrum. This sparked within me an intense interest in broadening my expertise, and in that way be able to help an even greater number of people. The years that followed included earning a Masters of Clinical Social Work at California State University Sacramento. This also included intensive training at the University of California Davis Medical Center, and eventually led to my working at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the Bay area (I lead a dual life, driving between my job with Kaiser near San Francisco, and my private practice in Folsom).

Past clients have said they felt that they were heard and supported, and that they were able to share their stories without fear of judgement. Clients have also shared that through working with me, they were able to develop courage in dealing with difficult life events, as well as the ability to take on a new perspective in how they viewed themselves, others, and the world.

Some of the clients I’ve helped in the past told me they had put off seeing a counselor because they could not, to their satisfaction, clearly defined the problem that was causing them distress. Perhaps you can relate to that situation. It’s more common than you realize.

If that happens to describe you, don’t let it hold you back. Working together, we can come to a clearer understanding of what is perpetuating the distress in your life, and how to bring about the change you desire. You don’t have to go it alone. I realize that you very likely have been trying to fight this battle by yourself. Now could be the perfect time to let someone else in to help you with the challenges you face.

If you are interested in working with me I would be delighted to spend some time talking with you over the phone (the consult is free, and there is no obligation). Just look below for information on how best to get in touch with me.

Wishing you the best,

Joanna Chung MSW, ASW

Associate Clinical Social Worker #72171