Life can be hard, and it can be easier having someone with you. I want to help you understand yourself by exploring your values and supporting where you want to go. I want to meet you as you are presently. Together, we can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgment. By cultivating self-awareness and direction, you can open yourself to more choices according to your values and goals. We’ll be working together as partners, we will figure things out step-by-step at your pace.
I am passionate about exploring various parts of identity and intersectionality, such as ethnic, gender, cultural, acculturation, generational differences, and societal norms. My approach is tailored to you with cultural sensitivity, support, and empowerment to achieve your goals and live your genuine life.
My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I identify as a multicultural Asian American, and I speak Vietnamese. I have been in the mental health field since 2015 supporting students and adults of multicultural backgrounds at community centers and colleges from anxiety to depression to life adjustments to identity exploration.
A little bit about me is that my hobbies include exploring new food places, playing games, comedy-writing, hiking, and watching TV shows. Feel free to ask me for TV show recommendations.
What would your clients and colleagues say is your therapist superpower?
The ability to break things down in a way that’s easy (and sometimes humorous) to understand.
What is one important aspect of therapy?
Self-compassion. Start exactly where you are because you are right where you are supposed to be. If you don’t have self-compassion, then you can learn how to start cultivating it. For example, think about why we say things to ourselves that we would never say to a loved one? You deserve better.
What would you say to those that are hesitant about starting therapy?
It’s already a huge step that you are even considering therapy, and it’s understandable to feel hesitant and uncertain. I encourage you to try therapy and see where it goes.
Candy Bui is supervised by Dr. Melanie Gonzalez, PsyD, LMFT (License #116208)
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.