Dr. Chi Nguyen

Dr. Chi Nguyen - Clinical Psychologist & Therapist at Uplift Psychology Group in San Jose & Campbell, CA

My family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam when I was eight years old. My interest in the mental health field stems from my own immigration experiences and bicultural identity. I am passionate about helping others to navigate the transitions and challenges in their lives. One of my areas of interests is in the area of Asian American psychology, particularly in the areas of acculturation stress and bicultural identity. I enjoy working with adult children from immigrant families as there are sometimes cultural and generational differences between parents and children that could negatively impact one’s mental health. In addition, I have research experience in the area of Asian American psychology, and have contributed to several publications in that area. Other areas of my clinical interests and experiences include: depression, anxiety, interpersonal and relationship issues, and work/life balance.

I take an integrative approach to therapy and work collaboratively with my clients to help them meet their treatment goals. I utilize evidence-based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions to help clients better manage their symptoms. In addition, I also incorporate more psychodynamic interventions to help clients gain insight into their triggers or relationship patterns that may exacerbate their symptoms, or to gain a deeper understanding of their sense of self.

I received my doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition, I completed my Master’s degree in Counseling at California State University, East Bay; and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Santa Clara University. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), where I provided counseling services in both English and Vietnamese.

In addition to my work as a therapist, I also enjoy teaching. I have taught classes at the community college, undergraduate and graduate levels at local universities such as Foothill College and San Jose State University, in the areas of psychology and multicultural counseling.


  • California Board of Psychology License: PSY 30021

Additional Trainings and Interests

  • Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Polyamory
  • Acculturation
  • Work/life balance
  • Grief/loss
  • EMDR Trained


Nguyen, C. P., Wong, Y. J., Juang, L.P & Park, I.J.K. (2015). Pathways among Asian Americans’ family ethnic socialization, ethnic identity and psychological well-being: A multigroup mediation model. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 273-280. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aap0000026

Nguyen, B.H., Nguyen, C. P., Pham, A.L., Von Behren, J., Le, K.Q., McPhee, S.J., Steward, S.L., Nguyen, T.T. & Bui-Tong, N. (2015). Cognitive interviews of Vietnamese Americans on healthy eating and physical activity health educational materials. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. Published online. doi:10.1080/03670244.2015.1015119

Nguyen, C. P., & Wong, Y. J. (2013). The influence of ethnic identity on Asian Americans’ well-being: A critical review of the literature (pp. 65-76). In E. Nöhammer (Ed.). Psychology of well-being: Theory, perspectives and practice. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Wong, Y. J., Nguyen, C. P., Wang, S.-Y., Chen, W., Steinfeldt, J. A., & Kim, B. S. K. (2012). A latent profile analysis of Asian American men and women’s adherence to cultural values. Cultural Diversity Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 258-267. doi: 10.1037/a0028423