individual psychotherapy

Dr. Vuthy Ou, licensed Psychologist


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What Psychotherapy Can Be

While many of the people I work with experience a reduction in "symptoms," this is only one of the goals I hold when practicing psychotherapy. From a 10,000 foot point of view, I think of my work as helping a person discover and clarify what they want, why they want it (and why they might not), and how to live with the consequences - positive and negative - of living in line with what is important to them.

In a quiet, consistent, and affirming setting, I will invite you to speak as freely and as honestly as you can as we explore your life and experience. I will listen carefully and deeply to you so that you might better hear and understand yourself in new, sometimes surprising ways. In doing so, we will begin to more clearly perceive and understand the links and connections between your inner experiences, how you relate to others, your identities, the culture(s) and social surrounds you live in, and how all of these facets interact with the past, present, and expectations for the future. 

In my mind, this psychotherapeutic process is like visiting a largely unknown wilderness. As we traverse it together consistently, patiently, and for long enough, strange, rare, or never-before-seen animals can begin to emerge and be recognized - their place and (sometimes powerful) influence on the wider ecology of your life perceived and understood in new ways. My approach has been described as highly empathetic, caring, and productive. Many of the people I've worked with have come away from this process feeling more alive, more connected to themselves and others, more flexible, more resilient, and more effective in their lives.

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Next Steps - Trying it out

If you feel ready to schedule a confidential, no-fee consultation, you can do so by clicking here or the schedule button below. Otherwise, you are welcome to call me at 215-253-7592 or email at to set up a time to talk.

Please know that I'm happy to spend this initial time answering your questions, getting to know a little about you, and making sure that we are a good fit, even if we ultimately decide not to work together. 

More Questions?

Many people have mixed feelings about contacting a mental health professional. Most want to be as sure as they can be that they are working with the right therapist before making any decisions or commitments. Research suggests that finding the right fit is so important for meaningful and long-lasting changes. To that end, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.