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Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Aging, Life Transitions, Grief, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem

Hi there, my name is Nhat (pronounced like “Nat”). I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a strength-based approach in dealing with grief and loss. While the definition of loss is often associated with the death of a loved one, loss can also mean a number of different things to each individual. It could be the loss of a role or status you once had, loss of purpose, loss of joy for things in which you used to find pleasure, loss of the assumed life you thought you’d have by now, or loss of a world that you once perceived as safe and/or predictable. Whatever it may be for you, it can feel quite paralyzing, hopeless, and certainly isolating. I know you don’t want the rest of your story to stay in this stage of grief and loss. For this reason, I would like to warmly invite you to take the first step.


If you’re ready and willing, I intend to be an active participant in helping you navigate your way out of despair by creating a safe space for you to acknowledge and process that loss, understand how it serves you, explore past and current barriers, identify what is actually working in your favor, and find healthy ways to adapt. It won’t be a quick fix but together, we will find solutions that are uniquely best for you.


In the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem, life transitions, and other issues, I primarily use Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My clinical background consists of providing individual counseling and case management to children and parents, adolescents, and young adults. Being a bilingual therapist, I have served as an advocate to Vietnamese individuals and families who struggle with language barriers, lack of access to services, and/or have been subjected to various forms of exploitation. Having also worked with individuals who have challenges like cognitive and visual impairment, I have found the practice of mindfulness to be a powerful tool in improving well-being and sensory skills. My most recent years of social work practice involve counseling older adults who are homebound, socially isolated, and have symptoms of depression. As a result of hearing stories of aging individuals from all walks of life, I was in awe and admiration of people’s capacity to stay resilient despite long-term trauma. The most common theme I’ve witnessed is that perception, as opposed to circumstances, is what truly transforms one’s outcomes and determines his or her quality of life.

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Nhat Ngo, LCSW

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