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Peterson Pham, LCSW

They/He/She
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Peterson Pham (they/he/she) is a bilingual and community-oriented licensed clinical social worker. As a queer, non-binary, person of color, Peterson incorporates intersectional experiences into their clinical work.

Peterson received their Master of Social Work, with an emphasis in Community Mental Health, from California State University Fullerton in 2018 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with minors in Education and Applied Psychology, from University of California Santa Barbara in 2013.

Peterson has over 8 years of behavioral health experience, with skills stemming from serving diverse and underserved populations such as students in recovery at Recovery Education Institute, homeless consumers with substance misuse at Orange County Healthcare Agency, clients involved in HIV treatment and prevention at APAIT, monolingual/language deprived children, youth, and families at OCAPICA, and patients who are severely, persistently mentally ill at UCI Medical Center.

Peterson believes that we, as a community, are not complete without each other, that your continued existence is a form of resistance, and that your personal is political and powerful. Peterson is committed to providing braver and safer spaces to collaborate with our community members in improving our life functioning and achieving our deserved health outcomes.

Languages Spoken: English, Vietnamese

Specialty Areas

QTBIPOC Intersectional Issues (cultural conflict / intergenerational trauma / narcissism)
Effects of Systemic Oppression (agency / isolation / acculturation / appropriation)
Community Organizing & Empowerment (burn out / community care / resiliency)
Non-“Traditional” Relationships (non-monogamy / BDSM / kink / Power exchange)
Student Issues (challenges in higher education / transitions / executive functioning)

Theoretical Approach

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (meditation / deep-breathing / radical acceptance)
Focusing by Dr. Eugene Gendlin (felt-sense / mind-body connection)
Interpersonal Therapy (minority stress model / anti-racist perspective / feminist perspective / sex/kink positive / person-centered)
Strength-based Perspectives (empowerment model / recovery model / harm reduction)
Inner Child Work (ancestral work / intergenerational transmission)
Narrative Therapy (storytelling / art / role playing)
Solution-Focused Perspectives (goal setting / reality therapy)
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