Benjamin Nguyễn (Ben) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW #111929). He received his Master of Social Welfare (MSW) from UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) with a concentration in clinical social work with individuals, families, and groups; and specialties in aging (adult development) and human services. He has experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, reminiscence and narrative therapy, problem-solving and task-centered approaches, solutions-focused therapy, systems theory, existential and humanistic psychology, and cognitive and behavioral interventions. He particularly centers his therapeutic practice around depth-oriented, person-centered, relational-intersubjective, strengths-based, anti-oppressive, and socioecological lenses with special sensitivity to loneliness, transgenerational trauma, death/dying, chronic health conditions, gender, sexuality, culture, hyperconnectivity, and urban psychosocial stressors. He is passionate about connecting with people and listening to their stories; and hopes to normalize mental health treatment and improve accessibility to mental health care for all, especially for underrepresented and vulnerable groups (QTBIPOC). In his free time, he enjoys karaoking, running, lounging at tea cafes, watching musical theatre, hiking, and practicing yin yoga.
When you are in the middle of a story it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else. — Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace