Albert NguyenLCSW

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Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

People have a tendency to forget how much grit and resilience they actually have - there's a common theme where clients underestimate themselves and overestimate the circumstances that they're facing. This insight has led me to focus more on creating a safe space to process and unfold their experience by empowering and removing barriers, rather than "fixing" or finding "solutions," so that they can access and nurture what they already possess to overcome their current circumstances.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

My lived experiences of childhood trauma, grief and loss threw me into a whirlwind of emotions that created a lot of confusion, pain and distrust in the world. Although I didn't see it then as a child, the lack of guidance and emotional support pushed me into some of the deepest, most insightful and enlightening moments of my life. I had exposure to martial arts early in life - this became the medium in which I used to leverage my emotional ailments. After years of intense physical training, mastery in martial arts naturally paved a way for deeper, internal work on myself, as I began teaching and influencing others. It was during this time that I started asking myself serious questions about life and my purpose, leading me to gravitate towards the desire to help others. I sort of accidentally stumbled into psychology during this time as a college student, as it was a random selection out of a pool of classes. It was the perfect convergence at this point in my life. I had accepted that life was universally difficult - and that everyone had struggles or battles to face. This "universal truth" guided me to the question: how can I be useful and of service to others in a way that empowers them to rise above their struggles? And so, it began. The idea of becoming a therapist found me. "I am a psychotherapist because I have come to learn that a tremendous amount of people feel alone, left out, unheard, irrelevant, tired, worthless, unconnected, unwelcome, sad, anxious and fearful…” and they need someone to validate, acknowledge, and remind them that they have value beyond their current situation.

What does a first session with you look like?

I am naturally curious about people and the prescribed meaning they place on life - so while it's important for me to gather information on what prompted a person to seek therapy (e.g. pain points, symptoms, expectations, provisional goals), I dedicate a moment to explore and learn about the person before their problems. It is in this moment, that I often find some spark in the person.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$240

First Session

$220

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Group Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Bibliotherapy

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Narrative Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Training / Certifications

TEAM-CBT Level 2

CCTP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Clinical Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Community Advocate Leadership

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential

Licensure

CA, LCSW, 84366

Education

Master of Arts in Social Work and Mental Health

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology

Work History

With more than 10 years of being a therapist, I have helped people from all walks of life to build more understanding with themselves and ailments, alleviate their stresses, and find healing. My clients have ranged from Google/Facebook engineers and executives to CEOs and business owners to elite athletes and high performers to the homeless population and people previously incarcerated and/or on parole. I have supported and worked with children and youth in foster care, juvenile probation, and those in the hospital with chronic medical conditions. I have also had the privilege to work and learn alongside Stanford experts in treating patients and I am highly trained and am a certified LEVEL 2 CBT practitioner under the revolutionary TEAM-CBT method designed and created by Dr. David Burns, professor at Stanford School of Medicine. And with more than 20+ years of martial arts experience, I believe in building harmony with a strong mind and body, so I work to integrate research-based methods, along with holistic practices to address life problems from multiple angles. I work with individuals of all ages and provide identity affirming therapy – meaning, I am affirming of cultural, gender and sexual diversity and proud of it! I accept you as you are – so come as you are! I strive to create and hold a warm, inviting and safe space to encourage my clients to keep it real with me.

Location

321 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, 94025, CA