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Dorothy Nguyen, PsyD

Dorothy Nguyen, PsyD


Licensed in CA #26625
Insurances Accepted: Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net/MHN, Aetna, Cigna/Evernorth
I’ve practiced for over 15 years and worked with children/teens, adults, and families, and welcome complicated and challenging situations.

My Therapy Style

I’ve practiced for over 15 years and worked with children/teens, adults, and families and welcome complicated and challenging situations. I use an integrative approach of CBT and psychodynamic therapy so I can tailor treatment to best fit you.

On the outside you appear fine, maybe even successful. But on the inside something is off.

Perhaps you feel like an imposter because you have learned that it is easier to hide your true self or because you haven't figured out who you really are. Or, maybe you are a people pleaser and find yourself doing things you do not want to do. You may feel unseen or unheard because you don't know how to set clear boundaries. Or, perhaps, you simply feel that something is missing, and you either don't know what it is or don't know how to find it.

These internal struggles lead to feeling stuck, overwhelmed, dull, or unmotivated. They affect your ability to enjoy life, to maximize your potential, and have more meaningful relationships.

I help clients get "unstuck."

Together, we will identify patterns preventing you from getting the most out of life. We'll leverage your strengths to facilitate the changes you want to see. By relying on your strengths to solve problems, you will increase your confidence and your self-esteem, and this, in turn, will spill over and elevate other areas of your life.

Education & Training

MA - Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California

PsyD - Clinical Psychology, University of Denver

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

After college, I worked as a behavioral aid for a 6 year old girl with autism. I saw that even with my limited knowledge and experience, the psychological and behavioral interventions I used with her helped her grow into a more self-sufficient, well-regulated, and happy girl. I was hooked. It was then I knew that I wanted to pursue my doctorate in psychology so I could help people live fuller and happier lives.

What are your interests outside of work?

I grew up with a mom who is an amazing cook and I have many fond memories involving food. I think this is what led to my interest in cooking. I also love to bake and to share my baked goods with my loved ones. During the pandemic, I taught myself how to knit and found it to be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. Working out and being outdoors are also essential activities in my week.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I do my best to meditate everyday. I find that even 10 minutes of meditation can help me better deal with the day's curve balls. I feel that I am able to stay composed and not get as rattled. I am able to move through stressful situations with my feet more firmly planted on the ground.

Do you have any pets?

I had a beagle named Rooney who would always get in the way when I tried to change my sheets. Without fail, once the sheets were off the bed, he would jump on the mattress and plop down right in the middle. I had to learn to work around him which made the task twice as long but exponentially more enjoyable. This memory always makes me laugh.