Benjamin Nguyen

MSW, LCSW, CPH
Accepting Clients

I am a queer Vietnamese-Chinese American public health social worker passionate about people and their stories.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Services
  • Individual

About My Clients

My therapeutic alliance tends to be strongest with individuals dealing with anxieties and depressions related to interpersonal/relational challenges, transgenerational/historical trauma, complex chronic health conditions, urban psychosocial stressors, psychospiritual adversities in aging and adulthood, nonconforming gender identity and expression, sexuality, first generation American acculturation challenges, race, culture, existential crises, insecure attachment, and chronic loneliness.

My Background and Approach

I strive to deliver eclectic and holistic clinical social work with a background in Anthropology, Public Health, and Gerontology that helps me take a comprehensive approach and examination across (1) intrapsychic/intrapersonal, (2) interpersonal/relational, (3) socioecological/environmental, (4) cultural, (5) developmental/life-course, (6) transpersonal/spiritual domains of life. Additionally, I am grounded in perspectivism and existential values, acknowledging your reality as valid, important, and true to your lived human experience of which you are an expert; I only bear witness to your journey. I wouldn’t say I am here to “fix” you, but rather to co-create a space where your most authentic Self can be awakened into reality, recognizing what it means to be alive and human as you—the good, the bad, the ugly—the whole of it. Lastly, I value relationships as central to psychotherapy, and recognize that therapists are not a one size fits all, including myself.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My social work journey has been transformative and healing--setting the foundation for my therapy practice. I was initially interested in medical and public health social work because of deep-seated fears about death and disease that stemmed from family. This led me to pursue specialized training in Geriatric Social Work and Gerontology at UCLA which provided me with psychosocial skills to empower families as we navigate fragmented US health systems, while also promoting resilience in response to adversities across the life course. Throughout my training, I also became particularly drawn to social work’s commitment to social justice which illuminated suffering and disparities that have been insidiously hidden in structural inequities. This awakened a deeper sensitivity, exploration, and care towards untended silent wounds and “legacies of loss” carried by marginalized folx, beginning with my own as a queer and closeted first-generation Asian American, descending from boat people.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Languages: English, tiếng việt
  • Rate: $140/session

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