Insight Psychological Therapists - Tracy Pham

Tracy Pham, Practicum Intern Therapist, (She/Her)

Hello! I am passionate about supporting individuals, couples, children, youth, and families during challenging times. I utilize client-centered and strength-based approaches to help individuals work towards their desired goals as I believe they are the experts of their own experiences and have the ability to develop a sense of empowerment within themselves.

More About Tracy Pham

I utilize a client-centered perspective and draw from strength-based approaches such as: acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and family therapy to help individuals work towards their desired goals. I work collaboratively with each of my clients to ensure their needs and hopes from therapy are being addressed.

Most of my experience has been around completing assessments and working with children and youth who have complex needs, have neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, and who have experienced both simple and complex traumas in hospital settings, the community, their home environment, and in schools. I have a strong interest in play therapy as I believe it is a strongly beneficial approach in allowing children the ability to express themselves safely and at their own pace when verbal communication may be difficult for them.

My specialties include: adolescent and teen issues, stress management, emotional regulation, self-esteem issues, anxiety, and children’s mental health. Supporting families to understand and manage behaviours associated with these experiences is something important to me to help build on healthy family relationships.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

Have you, or anyone close to you, had to overcome any trauma, or mental health challenge?

Growing up, I heard stories about my dad being a Vietnamese refugee who came to Canada by boat. He never used to say much about his experience and I remember when I was younger, I didn’t understand much about it or how this may have impacted him. As I got older, I was able to acknowledge the trauma my dad experienced during that challenging time and the perception of the stigma around mental health in our culture. Many people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives whether it is simple or complex; however, not all people will experience or react the same way to trauma. Being culturally-competent, non-judgmental, and present for those who have experienced traumatic experiences will allow me to support them in the way they need and to bring awareness and recognition to the importance of mental health.

What do you do to keep your outlook optimistic?

Self-care is something I have started to really integrate into my life as there are so many beneficial and positive impacts of taking time for oneself. Self-care has helped me to manage my own stressors and to take care of my health and well-being. Some of my personal favorite self-care activities are: spending time with my husband, playing Candy Crush (I have been playing on the same account for over seven years and I’m a bit past level 7000!), working out, eating out, and cooking/baking.

Qualifications

Master of Counselling – in progress (City University of Seattle)

Bachelor of Science, Double Major Science Psychology & Chemistry – Honors with Distinctions (University of Alberta)

Affiliations

Psychologist Association of Alberta (PAA)

Certifications

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1 & 2

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training

Good Clinical Practice (University of Alberta)

Diversity & Inclusion (Alberta Health Services)

Trauma Informed Care (Alberta Health Services)

Indigenous Awareness and Sensitivity (Alberta Health Services)

Languages

  • Vietnamese

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem Issues
Assessments
  • Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
Entrepreneur Care
  • Stress Management
Mental Health Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Other Areas
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Trauma Care
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse

I have experience in:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Blended Family Adjustment
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Coming Out
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Custody Access Issues
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Food or Eating Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Learning Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Losing Someone to Suicide
  • Loss of Employment
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Self-Harming
  • Sensory Disorders
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Tourettes Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Weight & Eating Disorders
  • Weight Management

My treatment approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessments for Learning Disorders
  • Behavioural Assessment
  • Cognitive and Functional Capacity Assessment
  • Gifted/Intellectually Advanced Assessment
  • Gottman Relationship Check-up
  • Personality & Behaviour Assessments
  • Psycho-educational Assessment