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Uchenna Nnaji, PsyD
My mantra is empowering and motivating, to prompt a mental shift resulting in inside-out change.

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Uchenna Nnaji, PsyD

Location

Licensed In

CA

Other Languages

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I have a holistic/client-centered approach to therapy, and I utilize various techniques that promote a strength-based recovery to assist clients in developing and living more healthy and functional life. I also have trainings in evidenced-based practices such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety (Trauma and Substance Abuse) and Interpersonal Therapy. I’m eclectic in my theoretical framework, and the techniques I utilize in treatment are determined to aid each client individually based on their needs. My mantra is empowering and motivating, to prompt a mental shift resulting in inside-out change. I believe in collaborative individualized treatment plans helping people overcome fears, negative beliefs, and maladaptive behaviors that present barriers in successfully achieving their goals in relationships, finances, education, career, health.

I have over 12 years of experience working with individuals, families, and intimate partners in various settings including field-based, inpatient, and outpatient settings who present with moderate to severe mental health conditions that include mood disorders, existential and codependency issues, schizophrenia disorders and substance use disorders. Furthermore, I have extensive experience working with victims of human trafficking, sex and relationship issues, life phase changes, daily-living issues and vocational stressors, LGTBQ+, domestic violence victims. In addition, I have experience working with trauma, self-harming behaviors, suicidality, grief and loss.

Education

MA - Psychology, Ryokan College

PsyD - Psychology, Ryokan College

License Number and State

CA 30746

Pronouns

he/him

Why did you become a mental health professional?

My interest in the complexity of the human mind led me to further explore a career in mental health. I believe in whole body healing which includes mind, body, spiritual.

What are your interests outside of work?

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, dancing, hiking, watching a good movie, and playing with my dogs.

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

In order to be in my best mental and emotional state I spend quality time with my family.

What book have you read more than once?

I have read The Alchemist more than once, because it talks about discovering of one's destiny and realization of dreams.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

My favorite non-profit is EveryOne Free, a non-profit focused on eliminating human trafficking locally and afar.

How do you recharge?

I enjoy listening to music, watching movies (mostly medieval), and walking.

Do you have any pets?

I have two dogs, (a Lab mix and a Chihuahua) my favorite is how they are best friends and enjoy sleeping together.