My Story

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I was raised in Southern California and Hawai'i. I have grown up in communities that are rich in diversity and it has shaped who I am. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of California Los Angeles.  I attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where I completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  I worked during this time with developmentally disabled adults in the workplace, children and families in schools, runaway and homeless youth, and dual-diagnosed adults in the community, and in residential treatment programs for adolescent boys. Eventually, I went back to school and attended Argosy University in Hawai'i.  I completed an APA predoctoral internship in Southern California at Pacific Clinics, where I provided therapy to children and families.  In addition, I worked with the homeless and individuals transitioning from homelessness in the South Pasadena area.  After graduating I worked at Tripler Army Medical Center, providing individual and couple therapy to active duty service members and their families.  Currently, I am in private practice in Kailua, Hawai'i.  When I am not working, I enjoy quilting, knitting, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. I'm also a voracious reader! I love being outside, but not in direct sunlight. You'll often find me on the hiking trail, on my bike or in the water on my kayak or just cruising at the beach.  

We construct our lives each day with our choices, including the ones we avoid.
— Annie Nguyen
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
— George Bernard Shaw

There are no shortcuts to wellness, but psychotherapy works!