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My Linh Vo, PsyD

What's in a name?             

My parents gave me the name, Vo Ngoc My Linh. My last name, Vo, means martial arts and my middle name, Ngoc, means pearl. Ngoc is also a part of Ngoc Huong, my mother's first name. According to my mother, My Linh means “dep lung linh” or in English, "glistening beauty." My mother named me after the First Lady of the Republic of China, Ton My Linh, who is also known as Soong Mei-Ling. When I came to the United States at eight years old, a mix-up with the Social Security Administration resulted in my middle name being changed to Thi. My father, afraid that the process of changing Thi back to Ngoc would delay my citizenship, did not try to change it back. I am now My Linh Thi Vo.

Embedded within my name is the history of my ancestry, the political relations between countries, my family's immigration to the U.S., my parents' socioeconomic status before and after the Vietnam War, and my identity as a Vietnamese American woman. Because I am made in Vietnam and assembled in California, I live in the borderland of two cultures and juggle between preserving my ethnic roots and acculturating to the American way of life.  

My mom & I

I'm an experienced psychologist

based in Sacramento, CA, specializing in individual therapy, couples therapy, consulting, and comprehensive psychological assessments. With a deep appreciation that each individual possesses uniques needs, personalities, and communication styles, I tailor my services to cater to you. My goal is to help you uncover the potential causes of your relationship issues, break free from repetitive patterns that hinder your wellbeing, and build a happier life by embracing your authentic self.

Expertise in Relationship Insights and Couples Therapy Solutions

My expertise lies in helping individuals gain profound insights into the root causes of their challenges. Whether you're struggling with communication issues, trust concerns, or emotional regulation, I'm here to guide you through the process. I offer therapy sessions that are tailored to your specific needs, helping you navigate these challenges with greater understanding and compassion.

Transformative Approach to Unhelpful Cycles and Strength-Based Therapy

If you've found yourself stuck in unhelpful thinking or behavioral patterns, I'm here to help you break free. Together, we'll explore strategies to untangle these cycles and replace them with healthier processes. My strength-based therapy approach focuses on harnessing your unique strengths and resources to create positive change. I firmly believe that by leaning into your strengths, you can achieve a more fulfilling and harmonious life. I also use a diverse set of evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and the Gottman Methodto help my clients understand and reframe their unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These approaches empower clients to gain insights into and reshape their unproductive thoughts, emotions, and actions.

Licensed in Multiple States for Your Convenience

As a licensed psychologist in California (PSY29712), Washington (PY6126166), Oregon (3617), and Nebraska (1115), I'm equipped to provide my services to individuals residing in these states. Whether you're in need of individual therapy or seeking couples counseling, I'm dedicated to assisting you on your journey towards emotional well-being and relationship growth. 

Education and Professional Journey

My educational background includes a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University, an APA-accredited doctoral program. Additionally, I hold a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. With a history of working as a Behavioral Medicine Specialist in the Primary Care Department at Kaiser-South Sacramento from 2017 to 2023, I bring a wealth of practical experience to my practice.

Noteworthy recognitions

  • Bronze Psi Award from the California Psychological Association (2017)

  • Outstanding Student Award bestowed by John F. Kennedy University (2016)

  • Certificate of Recognition presented by Assembly member Jim Frazier (2014)

  • White House Champions of Change distinction in 2012


2012 Champions of Change award 

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