Peggy Truong is a wife, mom, and board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Peggy holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for over a decade and has been a BCBA since 2012. She is also a PEERS certified instructor. Peggy has extensive experience working individuals and families affected by autism and other disabilities in homes, in the community, and in schools. Peggy is passionate about providing meaningful support to teens and their families.
Please visit our website at www.thecocreatives.com for more information.
What is your specialty?
I focus on working with teenagers from 10-17 years old in providing thoughtful and practical interventions as they learn the nuances of relating to others in adolescence and young adulthood. Skills taught to children at younger ages, such as social skills and executive functioning skills, change as they become teens and then young adults – and sometimes it’s a struggle to learn and understand it all!
What does a typical session look like?
Generally, I offer courses that are short term, group format. Courses typically run 4-8 weeks at a time and are composed of 2-6 teens. The purpose of the sessions is to teach teens specific skills while building community among each other.
Before the start of each course, we will chat on the phone about your teen and your goals to ensure the course is a good fit.
If you hadn’t become a therapist, what profession would you have chosen and why?
I would’ve opened a boba shop so I can drink all the boba to my heart’s content!
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.