Vivian “V” Pham, AMFT (they/them)

V (Vivian) Pham is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus in Expressive Arts Therapy. V’s style is relational, playful, and honest, incorporating the arts to allow for a multi-modal, creative process of curiosity and healing. This can include drawing, painting, collaging, journaling, poetry, movement, listening to or making music, and more. This approach can be especially useful for youth and teens less comfortable with verbal self-expression.

V received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. V participated in a pre-practicum placement with the GLIDE After School Program in the San Francisco Tenderloin, utilizing arts and crafts for socio-emotional regulation with youth ages 8-11. V went on to complete practicum placement with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR), providing individual, group, and family therapy to teens at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, and later at Helms Middle School in San Pablo. V also founded and led LGBTQ+ groups at both school sites.

Working with youth and teens, V draws from frameworks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Arts, Somatics, Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems/Parts Work. V works from a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive and responsive lens. V’s approach combines evidence-based practices with expressive modalities to support clients with gaining agency with their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, while simultaneously cultivating their unique strengths and self-expression. V has supported individuals moving through depression, self-harm, suicidality, anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem, grief and loss, complex trauma and abuse, and identity development. V has a particular passion and specialty working with LGBTQ+ youth, as someone who is part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Aside from therapy, V enjoys singing and playing the guitar and ukulele, and making up songs every day. V can also be found going for hikes, watching the birds, and enjoying the sunset.

Fall Art & Mindfulness Groups

The focus of this group will be to support girls and boys in learning how to manage stress and other difficult emotions with mindfulness and art-based exercises