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Angela Nguyen, MSW

Therapist & Adult ADHD Coach

“I work with teens, adults, and families who are trying to figure out who they are, what they want in life, and how they fit into the world around them. However my client wants to grow, I want to help them get there.”

Pronouns: She/Her

Fee: $150 for Individual Teen & Adult Therapy $150 for Adult ADHD Coaching (Insurance Not Covered) $450 for 10 Week Adult ADHD Support Group Adult ADHD Support Group (10 weeks) – New group starts in Fall 2021

Insurance: Can provide PPO Superbill for Therapy Sessions

Specialties:

  • Therapy for Anxiety, ADHD, EMDR Therapy, Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy, Pregnancy & Postpartum, Body Image, Trauma & PTSD, Asian & Asian American Therapy
  • Individual & Group Coaching for ADHD Adults

Hi there. My name is Angela. I am glad to meet you. You are safe here.

It is okay to feel overwhelmed, to feel anxious more days than not. It is okay to feel down or blue. It is okay not to enjoy the things you used to do, or to feel lonely even when you are around friends and family.

You can recognize you are not happy, and you are not getting what you want out of life. You know you are not meeting your own needs.

You are not alone. I help individuals of all ages who are struggling with anxiety and depression.

If you connect with some of these sentiments, you may be struggling with anxiety or depression. I pursued a career in therapy because I struggled with my own anxiety, depression, and emotional burnout. I want to help people who are experiencing the same things I went through.

I want to help you find your center and your balance, and I want to show you that you are enough as you are. No matter the challenges you are facing, you are worthy of healing and you are deserving of happiness. I am here to support you and facilitate your healing journey.

Together, we will find the tools and resources necessary to help you achieve your goals. We will improve how you react in stressful situations, communicate in relationships, and find balance in your life. We will also do the uncomfortable work of identifying patterns and roles that are not what you need, so you will be able to grow and heal. I enjoy working with clients who want more, so if you are ready to create change, I am here to be your supporter and your guide.

Teen & Adult ADHD Coaching

You may have been struggling with focus, organization, time management, task completion, and forgetfulness, among other things that fall under traditional ADHD symptoms. You may have long suspected that you have ADHD. Or you may have been diagnosed, but it happened much later in life, maybe even after you had reached adulthood.

Your symptoms may have caused you to struggle in your professional and personal life and to constantly feel “not good enough.” You may have considered yourself an “imposter,” always trying to cover up what you feel like you lack and always feeling exhausted. Even though you try so hard and spend so much energy, you are still not getting what you want out of life. You realize you need guidance and support on how you can manage your ADHD symptoms.

Maybe you have tried traditional ADHD coaching, and it didn’t work out for you.

My approach is different because I come from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective. This means I meet you where you’re at, with empathy and compassion, and then, we work together to identify your strengths and address your challenges. I know that the ADHD brain is already trying so hard to achieve your goals and accomplish your daily tasks. Even when others may not understand or see it, I want you to know that I see you, and I want to help you succeed. I do not think ADHD is something that you have to feel embarrassed or ashamed about, and I do not believe that your brain needs fixing.

Together, we will create a plan that works with, rather than fights, your ADHD. Using your strengths and skills, we will guide your brain to function in a way that works for you and the future that you want to have. This process involves identifying the type of ADHD that you have, and understanding where and how ADHD affects you at the present moment, in different areas of your life.

I completed my ADHD Certification Training and became the first ADHD Coach at Yellow Chair Collective because I want to help adults who are trying to live their life in a neurotypical society that doesn’t appreciate unique brains. Our coaching program will help you get started in taking consistent action to manage symptoms you have been struggling with and achieve your goals. (For more information about our program, click here.)

By doing coaching with me, you will come to better understand yourself and the way that you view and interact with the world around you. But more than that, you will come to understand a better way in which to achieve your goals, without fighting yourself every step of the way.

Therapy for Individuals and Families with Neurodiversity

Being neurodiverse means that you see and process the world in different ways than others do, and that is okay. You deserve to have your strengths and uniqueness appreciated.⁠ However, our neurotypical society often does not appreciate these differences. You may be ashamed or embarrassed for functioning differently than other people, or you may feel like something is wrong with you. The pressure of trying to hide your ADHD or Autism can be stressful and exhausting. I know that you are trying to meet others’ expectations, and even when others may not see it, I want you to know that I see you. And I want to help you find your happiness.

We can work together to create a path forward that appreciates the uniqueness of your brain and your approach to life. We will be curious about your strengths and use them to make sense of the world you live in. We will process what it has been like growing up neurodiverse in your family context, and we will learn how to make your brain work for you. You can appreciate your neurodiverse brain and be happy, and I can help guide you to the life you want to have.

I am also passionate about helping children and families who are struggling with neurodiversity challenges. Your child may be experiencing challenges in school or with their peers. Every family experiences these challenges, but having a neurodiverse child can add another layer to the family dynamic. It can be stressful helping your child navigate society, and the different stages of life can bring new questions and new obstacles for the family. I can help navigate these difficult times. I have worked with children and families struggling to adapt to neurodiverse needs like ADHD and Autism. Oftentimes, validation of the challenges you have been facing can be the first step to finding healthy coping skills and solutions. I will provide a safe space for your family to work on finding a path that helps your child live their happiest life.

Therapy for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Motherhood is an amazing new chapter of life for many women – but it is a huge adjustment. There are so many new emotions, tasks, and responsibilities with your first child or with each addition to your family. Mothers must reconcile grief, joy, sacrifice, change, and challenge in their peripartum and postpartum life.

I work with women in these stages of their lives. I help mothers who feel less fulfilled by motherhood than they thought they would. I can help you resolve anxiety and process feelings of inadequacy or of not being “good enough.” Together, we can find ways to cope with the complicated feelings of being in a new role. I will provide a non-judgmental, safe space for you to experience these emotions, and an unbiased sounding board. I will help you feel heard and seen in therapy and in other areas of your life, and help you grow to take care of not only the needs of your child, but your own needs as well.

Asian and Asian American Therapy

You feel as though you are living in two different cultures. You are trying in school, at work, and out in the world to be American and to adapt to western life. However, at home, you feel the pressure to remember and abide by your family’s Asian cultural norms. Bicultural identity can feel like a weight in all social circumstances, even if you are proud of your identity. This is a difficult path to navigate, especially if there is intergenerational trauma, language barriers, family expectations, or immigration histories.

As a second-generation Vietnamese American, I understand you and see you. My parents are immigrants, and I have spent my life trying to walk the fine line of balancing two sets of cultural values. My parents sacrificed so much in their lives for me, and in turn, I spent my childhood and teenage years pressuring myself to make that sacrifice worth something. Shouldering familial and societal expectations can be exhausting.

I have found my path, and I can help you find a balance that works for you. We will work together to help you identify your most authentic self and how your two cultures can make sense in your life. During this process, we will define and set boundaries in different aspects of your life, both familial and cultural. We will create a life that helps you become the most centered, happiest version of yourself in every part of your life.

Working with me provides a safe, supportive space for your growth.

Through my own experience as a therapy client, I know what it is like to be on both sides, and I am passionate about helping others who are experiencing what I have been through. My greatest strengths as a therapist and coach are my curiosity and compassion for my clients. I care about your experiences and want to help you live the life you want with the support and care you need.

Working with me can help you identify your strengths and desires. My priority is to facilitate not only a safe space, but also a brave space where you can process your thoughts, feelings, and past painful experiences. I will help you identify and prioritize your goals, let go of things that do not serve you and find a greater sense of stability and happiness. I want to walk with you every step of the way, celebrating your victories and providing non-judgmental company during your moments of discomfort.

For therapy, I use a holistic approach that focuses on you as an individual. We will explore your thought and behavioral patterns that make you stuck, explore where the patterns are coming from, learn about the interpersonal roles you play in your family, work, friends, and process painful feelings or experiences you have been having trouble letting go of. We will gain insights on the core beliefs you have about yourself that impact how you feel, think, act, learn new thought patterns, communication strategies, and a toolbox of coping skills. We will look at how past experiences persist in your daily lives, and then learn to accept them and let them go. I have many tools in my therapy box– a combination of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, EMDR trauma therapy, and more to facilitate this process.

For coaching, I will provide gentle, compassionate accountability and the right amount of tough love to guide you in the right direction. I understand how hard it can be for you to use the tools necessary for the life you want to live, so we will have brief check-ins between sessions to make sure that things are going well. We will work together toward getting you organized and ready, one step at a time.

I understand how intimidating it can be to seek help. My commitment is to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be. Please reach out, and together we can embark on your journey of growth.