Huong Diep, Psy.D.
Huong like Hong Kong
Diep like Johnny Depp
Growing up in Orange County, CA with immigrant parents, I was supposed to become a medical doctor. Instead, I "rebelled" by joining the Peace Corps in Peru and subsequently embarking on the route to becoming a Psychologist. (See FAQ for steps to becoming a Psychologist!). I've worked in schools/universities, hospitals and numerous community mental health centers providing evidence-based, culturally competent psychotherapy and assessments.
I currently work at a Federally Qualified Health Center where I collaborate with primary care providers and psychiatrists to provide quality mental health services to under-served communities. However, I would like to offer my clinical services to a select group of clients who are looking for a multicultural, multilingual, LGBTQ specialist who can provide psychotherapy, assessments and consulting services in San Diego county or via teletherapy.
My Education & Training
I completed my undergraduate studies at UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish in 2002. Upon graduation, I joined the Peace Corps where I lived and worked in a small community of 1000 people in the Andes mountains of Peru on projects ranging from reduction of infant mortality, best nutrition and hygiene practices for school aged children and was affectionately dubbed the town "psychologist."
In 2012, I earned my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in International Disaster Psychology. I completed my APA approved pre-doctoral internship at the University of Southern California (USC) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where I conducted bilingual psychodiagnostic and developmental evaluations for school aged children collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of medical and mental health providers. I also completed a two-year APA approved post-doctoral fellowship within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the Center for Transyouth Health and Development housed within Children's Hospital Los Angeles with a focus on adolescent trauma, psychodiagnostic evaluations, and LGBTIQ populations.
I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families providing both evidence-based psychotherapy and psychological evaluations in settings such as schools, community mental health clinics, and hospitals. The range of my experiences include conducting neuropsychological evaluations for a stroke and sleep apnea study at Children's Hospital Colorado to training local mental health providers on assessment tools at the Nhi Dong Pediatric Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In addition, I completed a two year intensive training on Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities training (LEND) where I conducted assessments for children in the foster care system and youth who are experiencing co-morbid medical and mental health symptoms.
Basically, I have been in school and training for a long time! But, most importantly, I can translate the world of psychology into every day language that is understandable to my clients. My best compliments are from children and teens who say, "But you're kinda cool, you don't talk like a doctor!"
As a Vietnamese/Chinese-American, Spanish speaking psychologist who has lived, worked and traveled in more than 40 countries; I have a unique perspective on culture, language, gender and the mental health struggles that impact different groups. I see myself as guide in a very collaborative journey with you. My job is to help you dig and explore. Sometimes we may uncover things that aren't so pretty. But like me, you believe "that the unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates
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