Bachelor of Social Work, Minzu University of China, China
Junior Social Worker Certification, China
Youzhi holds a Master of Social Work from Peking University in China. She is also a Junior Social Worker registered with the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Youzhi uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT) while working with adults to release emotions such as pain, fear, guilt, and shame without subjecting the person to reliving the traumatic experience. Youzhi is trained in Expressive therapies like Play and Sand Tray Therapy. These are non-verbal therapies that she uses while working with children and adolescents. She is part of the crisis management team, having undergone Suicide Intervention Skills Training. She is currently undergoing further training in Psychological Counselling for Children and Adolescents.
Youzhi has been providing counselling to adults who are dealing with different stresses in life, especially from stress in their work environment or have difficulty integrating into the Singaporean environment. She works with individuals who want to explore themselves and find self-worth and identity.
Youzhi has also worked for 7 years in Child Welfare and Protection with organizations such as UNICEF and Beijing Normal University in China. Her experience has helped to identify the needs and issues faced by children and adolescents. She works with school-related issues, behavioural and emotional issues, protection issues, and sexuality issues. Her framework of dealing with such issues is guided by rigorous theory as well as extensive fieldwork practice, which focuses on the growth and development characteristics of children and adolescents, the difficulties and challenges faced by the corresponding age group, and the impact of the surrounding environment and resources. She is able to provide Parenting Talks and run workshops for the young population in Mandarin.
After living in China for almost 28 years, Youzhi is now based in Singapore. She currently volunteers at Community Services Centres, which gives her opportunities to learn more about the support services framework in Singapore.
She has a strong sense of responsibility and gets along well with her clients. She believes that everyone has a strong side while being vulnerable. Even the weakest person has the ability to influence others and change the course of the future and she wants to be the one who can help clients realize their potential so that they can live a better life.