Master of Counselling, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore
BS in Business Administration, University of Southern California, USA
Student Member of Singapore Association for Counselling
Emily obtained a Master of Counselling degree from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). Her program modules included developmental psychology, counselling micro-skills, clinical assessment, counselling research, various counselling interventions, techniques, and best-practices for different developmental life stages. She has also taken extracurricular courses in trauma-informed therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and crisis intervention.
Emily uses an integrative approach and draws from evidence- based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, third wave Mindfulness-Based Approaches and Positive Psychology to inform her practice. She views each client as a unique individual and tailors her approach to meet their specific needs. No matter what therapeutic techniques she employs, she firmly believes in being non-judgmental, accepting, and empathetic, while bringing an attitude of respectful curiosity in her work with clients.
During her 8-month internship at a counselling centre, she worked with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors with various issues including anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, role adjustments, existential concerns, and caregiving. Additionally, Emily volunteers at a crisis helpline centre, providing emotional support to individuals in distress. She also worked as a Behavioural Health Coach, assisting adults clarify and achieve goals related to self-esteem, anxiety, stress, relationships, adjustments, and overall wellbeing.
As a third culture kid in her teens, Emily attended an international school in Singapore and is very familiar with the stresses and issues that face adolescents in this context. With experience living abroad and being half American and half Japanese, Emily is also acquainted with adjustment issues and the importance of multicultural sensitivity.