Meet Aaron, Counselor II:
Hi, I’m Aaron Truong and my personal passion is helping people find a greater sense of wholeness – emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. I want to help people thrive and live the rich, meaningful lives that they were created for.
Education & Experience: In 2013, I completed my graduate studies at Western Seminary, where I earned master’s degrees in both Divinity and Counseling. I have a strong passion for integrating the spiritual perspectives of theology and the practical wisdom of psychology. I have a high respect for all faith perspectives and honor the spiritual journeys of my clients, regardless of what their spiritual background may be. I am very comfortable discussing matters of faith and incorporating it as part of the counseling process, to the degree it is desired by my clients.
Since graduating, I have been helping individuals, couples, and families deal with a variety of issues, including:
- Relationship problems
- Pornography/Sexual addiction
- Multicultural issues/Ethnic identity
- Gaming addiction
Philosophy & Approach: Sometimes, when we’re going through difficult things in life, it can be hard to know where to turn to find the support and guidance we need in order to recover. I view the counseling relationship as a special kind of relationship where the focus can be on you – where you don’t have to worry about being judged, taking care of the person listening, or having your secrets shared with other people. Having a compassionate and objective listener can help you reflect on what you’re experiencing, gain clarity, and identify steps to take in order to move forward towards a more peaceful and fulfilling life.
Many people come in for counseling because they are experiencing a lot of unwanted thoughts and emotions, which may lead them to instinctually react in ways that may be unhelpful to themselves and/or their relationships. In counseling, I help people learn how to be more flexible and adaptable in how they respond to their unwanted emotions so that they can make choices that are based on their values and long term-goals, which will help them be more effective in navigating the challenges of life and relationships.
About Aaron: When I’m not counseling, I’m usually spending time together with family and friends, playing board games, watching mixed martial arts, or doing something outdoorsy. I have an insatiable love of learning, so I’m often wandering around the aisles of Powell’s, looking at books on leadership, spiritual formation, personal growth, and cooking. I also spend a lot of time serving alongside my wife with Cru, a faith-based non-profit that focuses on developing emerging leaders on college campuses, mentoring young people and helping them grow in their faith. We love investing into the lives of young people and helping them connect and grow.
Since Level II Counselors cannot yet accept your insurance, they work on a sliding fee scale that is based on your income and is comparable to what your insurance co-pay or coinsurance would be – but without having to first meet your deductible. Visit our Fees page for more info.