Niparpon Vonghong Johansen, MA, LMFT, ATR
Thai speaking therapist, licensed in California

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MFC 50783 since 2011

Art Psychotherapist
ATR 10-150 since 2010

EMDR Certified Therapist
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist



Niparpon means "a gift from heaven." She loves her body because it is a precious gift from God, and she invites you to love your body, too.

Niparpon was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, as a Buddhist who attended a Catholic convent, where she learned to love all Gods and respect all beings.

In college, she was trained to be a graphic designer and later a commercial photographer. After she relocated to California in 1999, she founded a wedding photography company, Bridetography. It was a very successful business...then she lost her newborn son. A year later, Niparpon had an emergency surgery because her OB/GYN misdiagnosed her with ectopic pregnancy. They later found out that she had a molar pregnancy where there was only flesh and blood in her pregnancy. They treated her with chemotherapy.

Niparpon spiraled down into a deep depression. Every day for three years, staring at a TV that was not turned on, a blank dark screen. A miracle happened one day; a phone call from a stranger woke her up, shaking her body to feel. Tears poured nonstop, and she wanted to live again. She started volunteering at a local hospice, and her life has turned in another direction.

In 2006, Niparpon returned to graduate school to study Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in clinical art therapy. Since then, Niparpon has enjoyed learning about the mind, how trauma affects personality, and how people live their lives.
Life is a learning...even the Buddha was a student of life. After seeing the sick and dead bodies for the first time in his life, he was traumatized and depressed. He ran away from the palace and his family to understand his mind and learn about life.

Learning how traumatic memories disturb your mind and shape your behaviors is never too late. We cannot get rid of the trauma memory, but we can learn not to let it control our lives.


Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.

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