Dr. Aaron Trinh | Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy in San Francisco
Whether you are adjusting to life in a new city, trying to improve communication and intimacy in your relationship, or trying to improve your work life, therapy can be a helpful way of learning more about how your habits and thinking patterns can get you "stuck." As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive place for you to identify these problematic habits, while also challenging you to find ways to get unstuck.
My areas of focus and expertise are in anxiety, trauma, relationships, family, multicultural issues, and stress related to transitions. I work with both individuals and couples, and I provide both short-term counseling as well as long-term, in-depth treatment, depending on your needs.
My Approaches to Therapy
When it comes to therapy, a one-size-fits-all approach usually does not work. Since you are an individual with unique desires and challenges, I will work with you collaboratively to clarify your goals and find a treatment approach that will work best.
That said, my approach is grounded in well-established, evidence-based psychological approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Treatments like these have been rigorously tested and found effective for a range of conditions. And they provide a structure that guides my treatment strategy for a range of issues or concerns.
While the "what" of therapy is important, the "how" is crucial. As a person who values logic as well as emotion, I can help you examine and disentangle your thoughts and feelings. Since it is your therapy, I allow you to set the agenda and direction, but I also am careful to step in and offer guidance and structure when appropriate.
When I work with couples, I utilize Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), a structured approach that has considerable evidence. I also utilize Systems Theory to help you resolve your issues and improve communication and intimacy issues.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
In 2008, I began my training and studies at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, California, where I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on Family Psychology. Throughout my graduate training, I worked as a clinician in a variety of settings including APU Community Counseling Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior, as well as the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
I completed my predoctoral internship at Gouverneur Healthcare Services/NYU School of Medicine. I provided individual, couples, and family therapies to residents of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During my tenure at NYU, I provided clinical services at the World Trade Center Clinic, Neuropsychological Testing Service, and the Asian Bicultural Clinic.
I returned to California for my postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Vallejo, where I was a clinician on the adult team providing treatments in Behavioral Medicine and the Intensive Outpatient Program. After my residency, I was hired on as a staff psychologist at Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo and have been providing individual and group treatments on the Adult Service team. I have experience in running treatment programs using ACT for posttraumatic stress disorder, an OCD group, an anxiety treatment program for young adults, and a multifamily support group for our Chronic Lifeskills Track. I also provide supervision for our postdoctoral residents and serve as a co-facilitator for our psychological assessment rotation.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and Asian American Psychological Association. I am also credentialed as a psychologist through the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I continue to serve on committees, such as the Kaiser’s Achieving Clinical Excellence committee, which is a regional initiative to improve member services and clinical outcomes.
My other interests of psychology beyond clinical work include: consulting psychology, executive coaching, and training and supervision. To balance my professional activities, I enjoy fitness and photography, as well as being a sports enthusiast. I also have spent a lot of time traveling and living in other parts of the world to gain a better understanding of myself and the world we live in.
Aaron Trinh, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 27230
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