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Claire Sung, MA

Claire Sung is a Licensed Clinical Therapist (#1164, Korean Clinical Psychological Association) and Mental Health Professional Level 1 (#1062, Ministry of Health and Welfare) in South Korea. She has over 11 years of experience conducting therapy and psychological assessments. Claire’s speciality includes treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, personality disorders, and relationships/couples problems.

Where I grew up...

I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. At the age of 13, I went to study abroad in Canada by myself, leaving behind my family in Korea. I spent my teenage years in a multicultural setting and graduated college in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Before pursuing my dream of becoming a clinical psychologist, I worked as an English instructor and as a cabin crew in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. After my detours, I finally returned and attended graduate school in Seoul, where I am now rooted to share love and compassion through my work as a therapist.

My professional training

I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I went on to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. During my graduate program, I received clinical training at Severance Hospital University Mental Health Clinic and Seoul Metropolitan Children’s Hospital. Afterwards, I completed a 3 year extensive clinical training program at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital which helped me to build competency in working with various clinical problems (i.e., cognitive/mood disorders and neurocognitive/neurodevelopmental disorders).

My role as a therapist is to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, and empathetic atmosphere. My work involves encouraging clients to explore their emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations, and to engage in both cognitive and emotional insights, as well as experiential healing processes. I use an integrative approach to therapy; using techniques from Evidence-Based Treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, I tailor therapy to meet your individual needs and what is best suited to your unique problems. I hope we can work in collaboration to help you heal, realize your potential, and acquire growth in the face of suffering.

When I'm out of the office...

I enjoy walking in nature, driving alone while listening to music, and practicing Vinyasa yoga. I also love watching K-dramas and drinking coffee/wine with friends and family.

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The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.

– Erich Fromm