ELENA DUONG, PSY.D.
Co-Founder and Licensed Psychologist, PSY31813
Working with Clients Since 2014
Is your life at crossroads? Are you questioning everything, including what you want to do with your life?
Growing up, you, who identify as sensitive, introverted, queer, and/or part of the minority, often felt like you don’t fit in. To move through life, you perfected your mask to the world and tried to blend in like a chameleon. You learned to survive…becoming what other people wanted. As an adult, you realize you aren’t living the life you wanted or don’t know what life you want. If you are of a minority identity and a young working professional, it is also likely no one prepared you for the transition from school to work. It is anxiety-provoking to stumble through it alone.
We can work together to understand yourself and how to move through the world without having to numb out and/or use unhealthy coping skills, which can include looking within, exploring your identities in a nonjudgmental safe space, and grieving how you were treated growing up. You are worthy because you exist.
As a fellow introvert, highly sensitive person, and recovering perfectionist, I understand how difficult it can be to navigate through today’s demanding, extroverted, and cis/hetero-normative society. Fun fact: I used to be fluent in Teo Chew. If you know, you know. In addition, I have a soft spot for you, who tried your best and are often struggling to stay afloat since you were likely taught to suffer in silence. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and ask for help, especially if you were taught not to.
"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~ Joseph Campbell
“We want a world where boys can feel, girls can lead, and the rest of us can not only exist but thrive. This is not about erasing men and women but rather acknowledging that man and woman are two of many—stars in a constellation that do not compete but amplify one another’s shine.” ~ Alok Vaid-Menon
Licensed by the California Board of Psychology
Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, Loma Linda University
Clinical experiences in various settings, including college counseling centers, eating disorder clinic, hospitals, school district, and more
California Psychological Association (CPA)