Shirley Hung, MSW RSW
RECONNECTING DISTANT COUPLES.
HELPING ANXIOUS PERFECTIONISTS BECOME THEIR BEST SELF.
Hello, my name is Shirley Hung, I am a Registered Social Worker. I have over 5 years of experience providing individual and couple therapy to a diverse population in Toronto. I love the work that I do; I believe that we all have the capacity for personal growth and change, and I feel honored to help my clients on their journey toself-discovery.
Seeking therapy takes a lot of courage and is a wise choice to care for yourself. Research has shown that therapy is most effective when the client feels safe and has a strong connection with their therapist. My aim is to provide a safe and compassionateenvironment for you to come, process whatever you’re working through together with me. I will help you feel more hopeful, develop more self-awareness including your internal strengths and resources, and increase your sense of well-being so that you can become your best self. For couples, you will learn to reconnect with one another and build a more secure emotional bond. You are the expert on yourself and your experiences. I start where you are at, and respect the pace you need to make meaningful changes in your life.
While I would describe my therapeutic approach as eclectic, my work is primarily informed by person-centered, strength-based, and attachment theory. I take a holistic view of the health of the body, mind and soul. I draw on my trainings from various therapeutic frameworks: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and mindfulness approaches. My clinical work is also informed by Anti-Oppressive and LGBTQ-Positive frameworks. I enjoy working with clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, and with various sexual orientations. It is important for me to tailor my therapeutic approach to your needs and strengths.
I have extensive experience providing direct counselling services to individuals and couples. I provided mental health assessment, counselling, and crisis intervention to patients experiencing complex medical conditions and chronic illness through my role as a Social Worker at St. Michael’s Hospital and SickKids (Hospital for Sick Children). As a Counsellor at the student counselling centres at University of Toronto and York University, I provided psychotherapy, developed wellness workshops, and provided consultations to faculty and staff. In addition, I also provided supportive counselling and employment support to at-risk and homeless youth as an Employment Counsellor.
To be a client is to be in a vulnerable place. Like many of my colleagues in the psychotherapy field, I have spent some time in the client’s chair. I am mindful of this sense of vulnerability and strive to make the therapy experience a helpful and positive one for you.
I see tremendous beauty in therapy. I feel honoured to journey with my clients and to witness how their personal strengths transform into incredible growth.
Masters of Social Work; Health & Mental Health
University of Toronto, Toronto ON
Honours Bachelor of Arts
University of Toronto, Toronto ON
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Acceptance Commitment Therapy, York University
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute
Therapeutic Presence, Leading Edge
Solution-Focused Therapy, T.A.P.E Studies
Vicarious Trauma, Hospital for Sick Children
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hospital for Sick Children
Motivational Interviewing, The Hostel Training Centre
Relationship Issues (dating, break-ups, separation, divorce)
Residency & Fellowships:
Counsellor/Counselling Supervisor - York University
Counsellor - University of Toronto
Social Worker, Gastroenterology and Chronic Kidney Disease - Hospital for Sick Children
Social Worker, Outpatient Diabetes, Neurology, and Mobility Clinic - St. Michaels Hospital
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers; Registered Social Worker (RSW)
Ontario Association of Social Workers