Khiet Ho Jenkins (LCSW)

Clinical Social Worker— Khiet Ho Jenkins is a clinical social worker licensed in North Carolina, U.S.A. She is fluent in English, and conversational in Vietnamese and Spanish

Khiet is trained in several manualized treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Khiet uses a blend of cognitive, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches to customize therapy to the individual, couple, or family.

She has worked with clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as with clients without a clinical diagnosis but experience difficulty during life transitions or stages, such as moving/immigrating, military deployments, recent marriage, grief, pregnancy, or parenting. Khiet has expertise working with military families, immigrant/cross-cultural families, and couples. She is an LGBTQ+-affirming therapist, sex-positive therapist, and uses a critical race theory lens in her practice.

Khiet earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned two graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)—a master’s in social work and a master’s in public health.

Khiet has a pet greyhound, is a lifelong Star Trek fan, loves to explore new restaurants and coffee shops, is always reading a book, and tries to travel as much as possible, locally and internationally.

Key Concepts: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), individual, couples, family, severe and persistent mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, life transitions / stages, moving/immigrating, military deployments, recent marriage, grief, pregnancy, parenting, military families, immigrant/cross-cultural families, LGBTQ+-affirming therapist, sex-positive therapist, military families, couples/sex-positivity, critical race theory.

o Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) that has a solution-oriented approach and aims to help process patient struggles from both a cognitive and behavioral perspective. The goal of CBT is to address negative thoughts (cognitive) or behaviors (behavioral) that are causing distress and focus on encouraging practical steps toward solving the problem at hand while tackling the anxiety that it may be causing. The basis of CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and feelings are what influence behaviors.

o Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on treating PTSD by processing how traumatic events may be influencing thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors. The goal is to break down barriers that past trauma has caused, and to identify ways to navigate potential future traumas.