Hello everyone, my name is Alycia Chung and I am a Registered Psychologist and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
I started my career as a trauma therapist who specialized in sexual violence, but have expanded my practice to offer treatment for a variety of concerns ranging from stress management to complex trauma and addiction. I believe it’s important to keep learning and growing as a psychologist and I regularly seek out opportunities for professional development.
Usually education is seen as a positive thing, but I must admit that my latest training in the field of sex addiction has raised a few eyebrows. In fact, I’ve heard on more than one occasion that maybe I shouldn’t advertise that part of my work in case people find it intimidating or off-putting.
To be honest, I’m not even offended. I’ll be the first to admit that I never imagined myself in this field. Like many of you, I held a lot of misconceptions and biases about what a CSAT does and what sex addiction is. However, after undergoing 2 years of intensive training, I can honestly say that the education I received in this area has enriched my practice in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. Most surprising of all, was seeing just how versatile these tools are for both addicts and non-addicts alike. Although I could go on and on about the many benefits of seeing a CSAT trained therapist, I have whittled it down to my top 4 and I hope you will agree.
The Top 4 Benefits of Seeking Out Counselling From a CSAT-Trained Psychologist:
1. If you or someone close to you is concerned about your sexual behaviours, a CSAT can assess for addiction and help you develop healthier ways of relating to yourself and others.
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2. They can help you get “unstuck” from relationship ruts
You may find yourself trapped in the same unhealthy relationship patterns, but feel powerless to change. This may involve an intense fear and/ or avoidance of intimate relationships, or pursuing relationships that you know aren’t healthy for you. We can work together to see how attachment styles might be impacting your current relationship patterns and come up with an action plan for attracting the type of love you deserve.
3. They provide tools to help you to stay on track with your progress across a wide variety of domains
The core of my work is helping clients understand the nature of their issues and identify the triggers that lead them to make unhealthy choices. I can teach you tools and exercises to build your awareness of those early warning signs so that we can prevent relapse and set you up for ongoing success.
4. Being trained as a CSAT means that I am open-minded about many concerns so please don’t hold back
Some people feel they need to withhold the full details of their stories out of fear of being judged. As a psychologist who has worked in the field of sexual violence and sex addiction, I am comfortable having conversations about a wide variety of topics that others might consider embarrassing or shameful. The content of our sessions is strictly confidential and I will not release any information about your treatment without your written permission unless authorized to do so by law.
-Alycia Chung M.Ed., R.Psych, CSAT