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Debbie Chung, B.A.

Debbie Chung is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Child and Family Institute. She focuses on treating children, adolescents, and adults with presentations of affective/mood and anxiety-related disorders, trauma-related symptoms, and children with challenging behaviors and concerns in executive functioning. Debbie utilizes evidenced-based approaches, most often drawing upon techniques originating in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and attachment-based approaches to treatment. In addition, she adopts an individualized, client-centered, and culturally sensitive practice with all her clients. Debbie also has a clinical focus on guiding parents to enhance attachment relationships and family conflicts by increasing parents’ capacity to attend to their children’s internal experiences (e.g., responding appropriately and sensitively). She has developed and spearheaded a parenting support group providing psychoeducation programs and interventions to reduce parenting stress at a department-based community psychological clinic. She also had prior experience researching the efficacy of an attachment and mindfulness-based intervention, namely relational savoring in mother/child dyads. This intervention aimed to guide mothers in evoking a mental attachment representation of their children through mindfulness practices, thereby improving the attachment relationship.

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