Chau Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in Orange County, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. While in her undergraduate, she worked with Jumpstart, Inc. in their Early Education Intervention Program for families from low-income neighborhoods in Orange County. After graduating from UC Irvine, Chau volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps coordinating an Expressive Arts Program for adults who experience homelessness in Cleveland, OH. The Expressive Arts Program provided adults opportunities of healing through art, gardening, drumming, creative writing, and yoga. Chau continued to serve and support children and women impacted by domestic violence in New York City through advocating and coordinating school services and local resources.
After a couple years on the east coast, Chau moved back to California and received her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In her practicum, she provided support and opportunities for self-exploration and empowerment through art expression to pregnant and parenting teenagers in Compton and elementary and middle school students in Long Beach Unified School District.
Through her experiences, serving the community became one of her passions. She looks forward to providing community mental health services with Mending Matters. She is currently pursuing her licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and becoming a Registered Art Therapist.
Chau is a lover of art and nature as they provide opportunities for self-expression, meditation, and connection. She enjoys watercolor painting, hiking, walking, and gardening.