Vy Pham

Vy Pham (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Tập Counseling is a confidential, anti-oppressive, strengths-based, and compassion focused practice. Currently accepting new clients.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

971-231-5163

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $80-$180

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • PacificSource
  • Samaritan Health Plans

My Ideal Client

I provide individual therapy to adults (18+) who are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with the diagnoses of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I would be honored to be a fellow traveler in the healing journeys of those who identify as: children of immigrants, people of color, folks who are muti-racial and multi-cultural. I am inspired by the principles within Disability Justice, Transformative Justice, and the Peer Movement which I may bring into our sessions.

My Background

I was born in Vietnam, raised in Connecticut, budded in Boston, and bloomed in Portland. I am a long time participant in mental health and social services myself. My younger self navigated the stigma of seeking help in an immigrant household in isolation, and I am so grateful for her courage and perseverance. In many ways therapy saved my life, and I am extremely invested in and passionate about this work. Today, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I completed my MSW at Portland State University and my BA in Psychology at Boston University. I have been providing mental health services to adults (18+) since 2013 in a variety of settings: residential homes, assertive community treatment, and outpatient community mental health, and now private practice. I created Tập Counseling LLC for the flexibility to practice therapy in a way that more closely aligns with my values. I offer a space for people marginalized by dominant culture to access tailored and anti-oppressive therapy.

My Approach to Helping

Tập (pronounced like “thupp”) means “to practice” in Vietnamese. I believe in the power of practice and the process of. I dispel the myth of perfection. I believe therapy is an opportunity to practice how to reflect, explore, process, learn, adapt, and grow our self-compassion, and then put it into action in our daily lives. My approach in therapy is highly relational, collaborative, and tailored to your needs. My practice is weight-inclusive, LGBTQIA2+ affirming, and kink/poly-friendly. I am formally trained in the following frameworks: EMDR, ACT, Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), and CBT. I recognize that no evidence-based therapy practice will rid of the impact of systemic and historical oppression; however they may reduce suffering and provide relief. Together we will discover and create pockets where you can find agency, autonomy, and empowerment in an oppressive world. We will also find pockets of joy--and probably do a lot of laughing in session!

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • EMDR External link

    I am a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR is a modality that uses bilateral stimulation to reduce distressing symptoms of trauma/anxiety and develop positive adaptive beliefs. If you find that retelling your trauma over and over has been unhelpful and potentially harmful, EMDR may be a good fit for you. This modality helps guide the brain to dislodge fixed negative core beliefs developed from trauma, keeping verbal narration to a minimum.

  • Relational  External link

    My approach is always "person-in-environment." We do not heal in isolation. How will what you practice in therapy carry out in your daily life? How will it impact your relationships? How will it impact your community? What does your community look like? What do you want it to look like? What does healing in relationship to others look like? What does it look like in a global pandemic? Although our sessions may be individualized, my focus will always lead us back to collective care.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach that uses a person’s motivating values, mindfulness, and acceptance to help them move through difficult experiences. ACT liberates us from suppressing unwanted thoughts and emotions, and instead guides us towards acceptance and then action. It accepts that suffering is part of life however does not define it. Using ACT, we will explore what brings us joy and how to move towards the life we desire for ourselves.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Cultural and Systemic Oppression External link

    As a long time participant in mental health and social services myself, I understand firsthand the needs and systemic shortfalls that people marginalized by dominant culture face when trying to access tailored and anti-oppressive mental health care. I’m passionate about changing this narrative and landscape, and welcome these conversations into the therapeutic space. Let’s talk about the trauma of all the “isms” (racism, sexism, ableism, classism, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, etc).

  • Immigration/Acculturation External link

    My experience as a first generation immigrant and refugee from Vietnam permeates through my work as a mental health therapist. My family escaped Vietnam in fear of political persecution. When we arrived in the United States we were forced to assimilate in order to survive. The trauma of displacement, war, loss of identity/community/culture has shaped my upbringing. This firsthand experience allows me to truly empathize with those yearning for belonging and acceptance.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    A lot of folks seek therapy to improve their self-esteem. Oftentimes the concept of low self-esteem actually has a narrative rooted in trauma, attachment, societal expectations, systemic oppression, and capitalism. I find great joy in helping my clients explore the origins of any negative core beliefs they may be carrying, examine their internalization of external factors, and realize their inherent self worth and value.

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