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Nancy Phung-Smith(she/her), MA, LMFT138181

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I am a body-centered therapist who specializes in working with anger, anxiety & trauma.


I believe therapy should honor diversity & inclusivity, and make way for intergenerational healing 


I offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Level 1 Yoga Therapy; Experiential Therapy; and am a trauma-informed yoga teacher. 

My approach stems from a strength-based, trauma-informed lens that allows for us to explore and understand cognitive, emotional, and physiological needs. Together, we explore and heal through discovering a harmonized sense of Self. 


I am a second-generation Vietnamese-American born and raised in San Diego, California. As a child of immigrant refugees, defining identity, understanding family dynamics, cultivating connection, and finding ways to be gentle with life events and experiences have been important, evolving aspects in my life.


For me, it is not just about finding balance, it is about finding harmony in all the different parts of who we are.

As a Vietnamese American therapist, it is important that therapy reflects cultural competence, sensitivity, and inclusion.  

I completed my undergrad at San Diego State University in International Security and Conflict Resolution, with a minor in Anthropology. I graduated with my Master's at Alliant International University, San Diego. 


I am currently completing my PhD in Transformative Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in Consciousness and Asian American Studies.


My studies have evolved from a global approach to that of the community, and now to the individual.


My academic work is focused on making therapy more accessible & inclusive by researching culturally-attuned methods that supplement traditional talk-therapy. 

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Photo with Bessel Van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score

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