Sophia Ngo, LCSW, PPSC
I work alongside adult individuals who are on a journey of self-discovery, aiming to overcome anxiety and depression while making positive changes in their lives. Together, we will navigate your challenges, address any past traumas, and strive towards finding genuine fulfillment and lasting happiness.
Sliding Scale: Available
Insurance: Aetna & PPO: will provide superbill for Out of Network insurances
Accepting New Clients: Yes
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Asian & Asian American Experience
- Burnout & Perfectionism
- Trauma & PTSD
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, spent, or drained? Are you experiencing a sense of loss and yearning for guidance, support, and direction in your life? Perhaps you’re seeking personal growth and self-discovery. Maybe you don’t even know how to describe what it is you are currently feeling as you navigate through life. It can be challenging to take that first step, to open up and share your vulnerable thoughts and struggles with someone new. Many people go through different points in their lives where they struggle and have a hard time finding a way forward. It is important to know that you’re not alone in this journey.
Therapy is a transformative journey, one that can empower you to embrace your true self, find inner peace, and create a fulfilling life that aligns with your values and aspirations. I’m here to walk alongside you every step of the way, providing guidance, support, and understanding. Together, we can navigate the complexities of your experiences, celebrate your strengths, and navigate the challenges that lie ahead. Remember, you have the resilience and strength within you to embark on this transformative path, and I’m honored to be a part of your healing journey.
Hi! It’s me, Sophia!
Welcome to my therapy space! I’m excited to connect with you on your journey towards personal growth and well-being. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with you and share a little more about who I am as a therapist and as a person. I believe that establishing a genuine connection is the foundation for effective therapy, so let me give you a glimpse into my personality and what you can expect when working with me.
My clients often describe me as relatable, comfortable, direct, and curious. My goal is to start therapy with you by allowing you to feel at ease from the moment we meet. It’s essential to me that you feel seen, heard, and understood, so I make it a priority to create a safe space where you can be your true self. Therapy can be vulnerable, and I want you to know that I am here to support you.
As your therapist, I will be your advocate, your guide, and your listening ear in navigating the challenges you face. Together, we will create a collaborative therapeutic relationship where you feel empowered to explore, heal, and grow.
Therapy with Me
You can expect a warm and non-judgmental environment where you can feel comfortable being your authentic self. My biggest strengths as a therapist lie in creating a sense of comfort and trust. I believe that establishing a safe space is essential for meaningful therapeutic work. I will make every effort to ensure that you feel at ease, allowing us to delve into difficult conversations and explore the core issues that brought you to therapy.
During our initial sessions, we’ll explore your background, current concerns, and goals for therapy. I value collaboration and believe in working together towards your goals. Your input is crucial in shaping our therapeutic journey. Through this partnership, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and preferences.
I also bring a direct and inquisitive approach to our sessions. During our sessions, we will explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, examining patterns and beliefs that may be contributing to your challenges. By asking thoughtful questions, I help facilitate deeper processing and understanding, leading to personal growth and insight. Together, we’ll identify actionable steps and strategies. My ultimate goal is to help you navigate life’s challenges and empower you to make positive changes.
I invite you into a warm and compassionate space where you can freely express yourself and explore the depths of your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. As an Asian American therapist, I am deeply attuned to the nuances and complexities that shape the lives of individuals within our community. Whether you’re facing cultural conflicts, identity exploration, family dynamics, or mental health concerns, I’m here to offer a safe, non-judgmental environment where your experiences will be genuinely heard and validated.
Navigating Changes in Your Life Stage
Life is a series of transitions, and navigating changes in your life stage can bring both excitement and uncertainty. Whether you’re transitioning from college to the workforce, exploring new career paths, starting or ending relationships, or embarking on the journey of adulthood, therapy can provide invaluable support during these transformative moments. I offer a dedicated space for adults who are navigating changes in their life stage. Together, we will explore your goals, fears, and aspirations, allowing you to gain clarity, develop coping strategies, and foster resilience during these transitions. By providing guidance, empathy, and personalized support, I aim to empower you to navigate these changes with confidence and a renewed sense of purpose.
Anxiety and Depression
Life can throw us unexpected challenges that can impact our emotional well-being. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or other emotional struggles, I’m here to offer support and guidance on your path to healing and growth.
Anxiety often manifests as excessive worry, restlessness, and a sense of impending doom or danger. It can affect your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, making it challenging to engage fully in life’s activities. Depression, on the other hand, can leave you feeling sad, hopeless, and disinterested in things you once enjoyed. It can drain your energy and affect your sleep patterns, appetite, and overall motivation.
I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety and depression, helping them navigate the complexities of these conditions. Together, we’ll explore the underlying factors that contribute to your anxiety or depression, such as past experiences, personal beliefs, or current life circumstances.
Together, we’ll work to uncover the underlying causes of your anxiety or depression. By understanding the root factors contributing to your emotional distress, we can develop effective strategies to manage and alleviate your symptoms. Remember, you don’t have to face these challenges alone. By seeking support, you are taking an important step towards prioritizing your well-being.
Therapy for Asian Americans and Culturally Diverse Individuals
Navigating the complexities of life while carrying the weight of cultural expectations and unique experiences can be daunting. You may be grappling with the pressure to succeed, the clash of traditional values of your Asian family with modern realities, or the struggle to find your own identity between cultures. It’s completely normal to feel a mix of emotions—confusion, frustration, or even a sense of being lost.
As a first-generation Vietnamese American therapist, I understand that navigating cultural identity, family dynamics, and intergenerational experiences can profoundly impact your mental health and well-being.
I want you to know that your feelings are valid and worthy of exploration. We can address cultural nuances and bridge the gaps between your heritage and personal aspirations. We can explore the unique challenges and strengths that arise from your Asian American experience. I recognize that cultural factors such as values, traditions, and expectations can shape your worldview and influence your daily experiences. Together, we will unpack the complexities of your cultural identity, including the pressures, conflicts, and opportunities that arise from it.
I am well-versed in addressing the interplay between Asian American experiences, mental health, and personal growth. We will collaboratively examine how cultural expectations, discrimination, acculturation, and intergenerational dynamics impact your well-being. By integrating culturally responsive approaches, I will assist you in navigating the complex intersections of your cultural identity, personal goals, and mental health concerns.
Together, we will celebrate your strengths, challenge harmful narratives, and develop strategies to navigate cultural barriers or conflicts that may be impeding your well-being. By exploring your cultural identity, building resilience, and fostering self-compassion, we can work towards creating a life that aligns with your values and aspirations, while honoring your unique cultural background.
Therapeutic Modalities and Techniques
I adopt an integrative approach that draws from a range of evidence-based models and therapeutic modalities. This approach allows me to tailor the therapy to your unique needs, preferences, and goals. I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, and by integrating various therapeutic techniques, we can create a personalized treatment plan that resonates with you.
Therapy is not a one-way street; it’s a collaborative journey between you and me. I believe in recognizing and building upon your strengths, values, and resilience. Together, we will explore different modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma-focused talk therapy, mindfulness, strength-based, person-centered, and solution-focused approaches. By integrating these models, we can address your specific concerns and challenges effectively. Each session will be tailored to your specific needs, drawing from the most effective techniques to support your growth, healing, and overall well-being.
Furthermore, I am a firm believer in the power of self-care and personal growth. I prioritize my own well-being and continually engage in activities that bring me joy and fulfillment. I am a lifelong learner, constantly seeking new knowledge and staying up-to-date with the latest trainings and therapeutic practices. This commitment to personal and professional growth allows me to provide you with the best possible support on your journey.
More About Me
As an Asian American therapist, I possess a deep understanding of the unique cultural experiences and challenges encountered by individuals within this vibrant and diverse community. I became a therapist because I understand firsthand the impact of not having accessible mental health resources, especially those that cater to individuals with diverse backgrounds. As a young person, I struggled to find someone who looked like me and could truly understand the complexities of my experiences. This personal journey inspired me to become the therapist I wish I had when I was navigating through my own challenges.
Outside of therapy, I have various interests and passions that make me who I am. One of my greatest joys is board games! I love hosting game nights and creating a sense of community through laughter and friendly competition. With over 200 board games in my collection, I’m always excited to introduce people to new games and create memorable experiences. I believe that play and leisure are essential components of a balanced life, and I incorporate this mindset into my therapeutic approach.
Take the First Step
I feel truly honored to be by your side as you embark on this remarkable path of self-discovery and well-being. Together, we will create a safe and supportive therapeutic space, filled with warmth and understanding, where you can truly flourish. My aim is to empower you to lead a life that reflects your true self, embracing authenticity, fulfillment, and a strong sense of cultural connection.
Take that first step today by reaching out, and let us embark this transformative journey side by side.
Registered California Board of Behavioral Sciences Number: LCSW 110022