Sharon Chung


About Me

Bio for Sharon Chung, LICSW

Credentials | Certifications | Associations
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (25765 State of Minnesota)
Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Work Certification
National Association of Social Workers member
Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network member

University of Washington, Seattle – MSW
New York University, NY – Post Master’s Certification in Palliative and End of Life Care

Years of Experience

Practice Areas
Historical and Intergenerational Trauma
Racialized Trauma
Interpersonal violence
Gendered violence
Intimate partner abuse
Sexual violence and abuse
Serious Illness
Chronic Pain
End of Life
Complicated grief and loss
Life Transitions

Clinical Approach
As a clinical social worker, my approach is founded on an ecological perspective, or a “person in environment” perspective. This approach explores how people interact with their environments - physical, social and cultural environments, and how these interactions affect and shape both the person and their environments. I also work from a trauma informed approach and with a health equity lens, both of which prompt me to explore how environments and the structural systems we are living in influence how we experience, internalize, cope with and adjust to all aspects of life and living.
“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of suffering to become is in our own hands.” – bell hooks, from All About Love: New Visions
I believe in working from a strength-based perspective and my clinical approach is grounded in empowerment theory which focuses on growing a person’s capacity and ability to increase control of life’s circumstances and helps to achieve the goals they want. I believe being centered in empowerment theory helps people help themselves in ways they want, thereby increasing the quality of their lives.

Personal Statement
“I do my best because I am counting on you counting on me.” – Maya Angelou
Seeking help and support is not always easy or fun. My goal with every client is to build a relationship of trust, honesty and openness in order to help clients create the change and shifts in life that are desired and impact their lives in ways they want. I work from a client centered approach, I have a sense of curiosity and I take the time to create a safe space for each client.

Hobbies and Interests
Being in nature – the woods, the ocean, the mountains, the wilderness. Fine tuning my Korean cooking skills. Indie films. Wandering through art galleries and museums.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 16

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #25765 (Expires: 2022-08-31)

LCSW #084761-01 (Expires: 2023-07-31)


Written by S.U. on Dec 23, 2020 after counseling with Sharon for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and eating disorders

Sharon is caring and thoughtful. She made me feel comfortable and supported immediately. She is knowledgeable and empowering. I strongly recommend her!