Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Colorado, USA,
Post Grad Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy, Denver Family Institute, USA
MA in Counseling Psychology, Regis University, USA
BA in Political Science, Loyola University, USA
Kimberly is an experienced Counsellor who has lived in Singapore for the past 5 years. Having been trained in the United States as a Counsellor and Marriage and Family Therapist, she is skilled in working with a broad scope of clientele, ranging from young children and adolescents to families, couples and individuals and professional organizations. Kimberly engages in a strength-based, systemic approach utilizing different modalities geared toward the unique needs of the clients she serves. Kimberly believes that connection and resiliency of families and individuals is paramount in their achieving their goals and living a fulfilling life.
Kimberly has experience in treating a wide range of mental and behavioural health difficulties in children, adolescents and families such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues, developmental delays, behavioural issues, academic difficulties, socialization and spectrum disorders. Kimberly is also skilled at working with families who are in transition: experiencing separation, grief and loss, trauma and adoption.
Kimberly’s experience and knowledge of couples’ work includes fidelity issues, sexual dysfunction, substance abuse, separation and co-parenting. Having been a trailing spouse herself, Kimberly understands the pressures and challenges that can come up due to the change in relationship dynamics that occur when moving into a new culture.
While employing an integrative approach to counselling, Kimberly often incorporates solution-focused techniques, mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioral approaches, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy to ensure that each clients’ needs are being met.
As well as her role as a counsellor, Kimberly uses her facilitation skills and her ability to work within systems to conduct workshops and coach professionals in leadership development, team building, core values identification and vision and goal setting. She assists industry leaders and whole teams to create cohesive work relationships and integrate work-life balance into their roles.
BSc and MSc (Hons) in Clinical psychology and Psychopathology, University of Paris Descartes, France
Certified Practitioner in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy
An active member in the French Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy since 2014 (AFTCC)
Lucie is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist specialized in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She offers psychotherapy in French and English for children, adolescents and adults struggling with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, relational problems, emotional difficulties, lack of self-confidence, identity questioning and personality disorders
She was trained in Paris, France, where she obtained a Bachelor and a Master in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology. In addition to this five-year program, she also completed a three-year certification in Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy. Over the years, Lucie has developed a rich experience by working in parallel in the department of psychiatry of the university hospital of Versailles and in her private practice in Paris. She also has experience working for a non-profit organization focused on supporting and rehabilitating children with developmental disorders.
This variety of settings allowed her to acquire a large and complementary set of skills, for patients of all ages suffering from various difficulties and mental disorders. She developed expertise in conducting clinical interviews and administering psychological and diagnostic assessments in order to provide appropriate support and personalised treatment.
Through a better understanding and action on the behavioural (our actions), cognitive (our thoughts) and affective (our emotions) dimensions, Lucie helps the clients to become expert of their own mental functioning. This increased awareness of one's own mechanisms is the cornerstone of her therapeutic style thereby supporting further improvement, and ultimately leading to deep and long-lasting changes. Lucie believes in active collaboration and partnership from the clients and can give assignments in between sessions to help consolidate and transfer the progress made to everyday life.
Before moving to Singapore, Lucie has lived in New-York (US) and Québec (Canada) and understands the challenges around expatriate life and adjusting to new cultures and way of life.
Deeply committed, Lucie aims at helping people to reduce their distress, develop a better quality of life, support them through hard times, and promote their personal growth.
Master of Guidance and Counselling, BA(Psychology), MS, BS
SEP, Certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis (Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Phoenix AZ), NLP Master-Practitioner, and Gestalt
Oksana has an experience of over 9 years working as a counsellor in Singapore providing essential support to adults and couples in the times of a crisis. She specializes in working with all kinds of trauma, as well as, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic pain, depression, grief, and relationships issues. She is one of a very few certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioners in the city, as well as a certified practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnosis. These skills allow her to add to and reach beyond the cognitive-emotional dimension in her work. Oksana assists her clients in accessing their natural physiological mechanisms of self-regulation, through the embodied awareness of the felt sense, sounds, and movements. As a result of that work, her clients are able to deal with the feeling of overwhelm and rediscover the sense of aliveness.
Besides counselling, Oksana also provides powerful catalyzing assistance through Leadership Coaching for individuals who want to move their careers/relationships/lives in new, meaningful, and satisfying directions. Oksana has trained in using a strategic approach to coaching at the Coach Training School of Anthony Robbins.
Oksana works with couples using Hendricks method. This method is experiential and playful in nature while also being deeply transformative. People of any gender and sexual orientation are warmly welcomed.
Oksana is originally from Ukraine. She also holds a Master in Biochemistry and her previous experience includes work as a research scientist in biochemistry at the University of Zurich and ETH, Switzerland. She moved to Singapore 11 years ago and is familiar with expatriate and local ways of life. She is fluent in English and Russian.
Director, SACAC Counselling
Clinical Member SAC
SAC Registered Counsellor
CMSAC, RegCLR, MSc (Counselling), Grad. Cert (Counselling)
PGDCA (Comp Sc), BSc (Hons)
Vinti holds a Masters in Counselling as well as a Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is a Certified Sand Therapist and an Expressive Therapy Practitioner. She is also trained in the Gottman Couples Method (Level 1& 2). She is a Clinical Member and a Registered Counsellor of the Singapore Association of Counselling(SAC). Vinti has over eleven years of experience in working across the life span. She has worked in multiple clinical settings like voluntary organizations and private practices, before taking on the current role of Director of SACAC Counselling.
She offers counselling for adults, couples, kids and families on a broad range of issues including Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Grief, Adjustments, Work-Related Stress, Addiction, Parenting, PTSD, Mid-Life-Crisis and Relationships. She is passionate about helping women/mothers with their everyday challenges. Vinti’s therapeutic approach is integrative and person-centered, drawing on many evidence-based approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Expressive Therapies (Art & Sand), Mindfulness-based Therapy, MCBT, and Gottman’s Couples Method to meet her clients' individual needs.
Before moving to Singapore more than a decade ago, she lived in many countries. Being a third culture kid herself and then having lived as an expat, Vinti understands the challenges around the expat lifestyle, adjustments, and transitions for individuals, kids, and their families. Her multicultural background along with many years of experience in working with different issues gives her the ability to understand and empathize with clients of different nationalities, backgrounds, and cultures, whilst retaining the objectives of the therapy. Vinti provides all her clients a safe, non-judgemental and caring space to work through their issues.
In addition to working as a counsellor, Vinti has worked in corporate settings, which enables her to understand issues relating to work-life balance, stress, and challenges involved in a corporate environment. In addition to her qualifications in counselling, she also holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications. Over the years she has been contributing articles on various issues for several parenting magazines, national newspapers, and online magazines.
PhD and Master of Clinical Psychology, Australian National University
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), University of Queensland
Member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Singapore Psychological Society
Daphne is a clinical psychologist who works with adolescents (from 16 years onwards) and adults experiencing various distresses ranging from anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues to existential concerns, workplace stress and relationship (including sexual) difficulties. She adopts a pluralistic and client-centred approach and integrates different therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Schema Therapy in her practice.
Daphne aims to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where the therapist and client work together to reach the client’s therapeutic goals. Every individual is unique and Daphne believes that therapy should reflect this eclecticism of the human psyche with therapy tailored to the individual’s needs. To ensure that clients receive the best care, she is also committed to continuing professional development, supervision and collaboration with other professionals.
Daphne has over ten years’ experience practising in both the community and the private sector in Australia and Singapore. She conducts primarily individual psychotherapy and can involve the client’s support network on occasions. She also provides personality assessments on request.
Daphne is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Singapore Psychological Society. She was the previous Secretary of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and co-author of several publications.
Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) with specialization in Family Therapy, Grad. Diploma in Professional Counselling, Grad. Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology, Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy with specialization in CBT, SFBT and Hypnotherapy, Graduate Certificate in Professional Counselling, Diploma in Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology
Transactional Analysis Analyst (USA & Singapore)
Member of the Transactional Analysis Association-USA & Singapore
Member of International Council of Psychotherapists-UK
Laura is an Italian and has spent the last 25 years travelling the world and living in Europe, USA and Asia. She has been living in Singapore for nearly 20 years and considers this her home.
Laura has extensive experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, providing bilingual services in English and Italian. Laura has worked with individuals from a wide range of nationalities and cultural backgrounds, developing familiarity with expatriate culture and challenges. She provides support and treatment for several psychological issues, specializing in family, parental and marital counselling.
Drawing on many years of training and experience as an educator, Laura also works with children and young adults focusing on social, emotional and behavioural challenges. She helps her young clients with emotion regulation, managing fears and anxieties, developing age-appropriate social skills, growth mindset and self-esteem. Her work with adults focuses on anxiety, depression, stress management, self- development, mental and emotional well-being, life adjustments and transitions.
Working mainly from a multidisciplinary framework, she tailors each client’s treatment according to their specific needs and integrates elements from different approaches such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, transactional analysis and positive psychology.
A genuine and collaborative therapeutic relationship is a priority in her work with clients. She is enthusiastic about continuing her learning and development; reads widely to further develop her skills and thinking. She regularly attends conferences, workshops and events to enhance her therapeutic potency and to ensure that her clients receive the best care possible.
Consultant Educational Psychologist
BA (Hons) Psychology & Philosophy, Oxford, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary) University of Bristol, BSc Educational Psychology, University College, London, EdD, Educational Rseearch, University of Warwick
Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist, BPS, UK Health & Care Professions Council Registered, Member, Singapore Psychological Society
Tim worked as a teacher for 9 years in primary, secondary and special needs schools for children with severe learning difficulties. He has also spent 8 years working as a Special Educational Needs officer for Northamptonshire County Council, to support children across the full range of special needs. He also worked as a Consultant to Leicester City on projects evaluating their services.
Tim’s 19 years as an Educational Psychologist with Leicestershire and Northamptonshire included working as a specialist for children with severe learning difficulties (he wrote a booklet on challenging behaviour) and as a specialist on Dyslexia. Tim’s doctorate was on Literacy Interventions for Children in Years 3 & 4. At one stage he worked closely with the Child Guidance Service, offering behavioural, milieu and family systems therapy approaches to emotional and behavioural difficulties. Tim has also worked for 3 years as the resident psychologist at Egerton-Rothesay mainstream school in Berkhamsted, England, which specializes in helping children with Dyslexia and a range of other needs.
This varied and extensive experience has meant that Tim can discuss educational issues realistically with teachers, and can make practical and valid suggestions for adapting teaching to meet children’s needs.
He also has extensive experience in conducting assessments for adults.
His expertise is in administering tests to assess the most important background abilities (such as WISC) and educational skills in literacy and numeracy (such as WIAT) and other tests depending on what seem to be the issues (such as D-KEFS for executive function issues).
In the last 6 years Tim has worked as Research Officer with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, and was their main psychologist offering a full range of assessment services to non-Singaporean children and to young adults and mature adults of all nationalities.
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, M.A. Teachers College- Columbia University, B.A. The University of California at Santa Cruz
David Shapiro, Ph.D. is a California licensed Psychologist (license # PSY17495) with over 20 years of clinical experience. He works effectively with a broad range of client types, ranging from children and adolescents, highly accomplished professionals and/or their spouses/families, as well as older adults and their families. He has extensive experience evaluating and treating addictions and substance use issues, infidelity, sex and/or intimacy problems, anger management difficulties, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, adjustment issues, career concerns, school difficulties, adolescent concerns, behavioural issues, and many other presenting issues. Clients experience David as warm and empathic while at the same time intelligent and skilled.
Doctor Shapiro's overarching approach to counselling is best described as strategic and solution focused. In short, with each individual, couple, and/or family he serves, David works to identify what changes are desired, as well as what is necessary to for those results, and then assists each client in taking the necessary steps for success. For some clients, this may involve changes in how they are thinking. In others, changes in behaviour, relationships, and/or life choices may also be desired. Toward this end, David integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psycho-education, Family Systems and Structural Family Therapies, Existential-Phenomenological Counseling, Imago Couples Therapy as well as other complementary adjunctive modalities. The goals with each strategy Dr Shapiro employs can be understood as promoting disruption of ineffective patterns and replacing them with more effective patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviour, physiology, relationships, and life choices. Through utilizing this highly pragmatic multi-modal approach, Dr Shapiro's clients experience quick and lasting changes, which has earned him consistently stellar reviews and ratings from his clients across many years of practice.
In the past, Doctor Shapiro has chaired the Professional Practice Committee of the Orange County Psychological Association and has served as a Board Member as well. He taught Child Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Irvine, served as a Court Employed Evaluator for Superior Court of California in the County of Riverside, and has held a variety of clinical positions in both the governmental and private sectors.
MS Soc (Counselling)
Collaborative Family Practitioner (SMC)
Sanaa holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Liege University (Belgium). Being passionate about Counselling, she took up her Masters degree in Social Science (Counselling) from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia).
Sanaa’s educational and professional background from Europe, Africa and Asia has exposed her to diverse cultures. Since 2000 she has worked in the social / psychological fields supporting multicultural population in dealing with issues such as human trafficking, sexual mutilations and domestic violence.
After relocating to Singapore, Sanaa counselled both adults (individuals and couples) and adolescents at a private hospital and a private practice. She has also counselled students and families in local and international schools and helped them overcome a range of emotional issues including adjustment, depression, low self-esteem, bullying, body image, and parenting. Sanaa also incorporates activities including drawing and playing to her therapeutic approach with children and adolescents.
Sanaa is also a Collaborative Family Practitioner appointed on the panel of Singapore Mediation Centre. As such she works closely with collaborative lawyers to help divorcing couple navigate the process of divorce in a smooth way, with close attention to their children’s best interest. She is also experienced in working with couples on issues related to communication, rebuilding trust after an affair, and domestic violence.
Sanaa uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioural and Redecision Therapy. The latter is based on the re-enactment of important childhood scenes in order to change the future through goal setting. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with its wide range of strategies provides the tools that help attain these goals and gain control of our lives.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Illinois, USA
MA (Social Work), BSc (Psychology)
Member of the National Association of Social Workers (USA)
Member of Singapore Association of Social Workers
Kady is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Kady has been practising clinical social work for over 7 years in the United States and Australia in a variety settings including non-profit organisations, community mental health agencies and schools. Kady began her career in Chicago, IL working as a clinical intervention specialist providing counselling to children, adolescents and families. After leaving Chicago, Kady joined a counselling practice in Sydney, Australia where she continued as a counsellor to individuals and families experiencing issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, family breakdown and relationship issues.
Kady understands the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship and ensures a safe and approachable setting for clients to explore the issues currently impacting their lives. Kady understands the value of integrating the connection of body, emotion and mind in working with her clients and draws on sensorimotor psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, family systems theory, attachment theory and cognitive behavioural therapy to guide her practice. Kady also weaves experiential practices and mindfulness techniques into her work allowing clients to be equipped with internal and external resources available inside and outside their sessions.
Kady works with adolescents, adults and families. Her range of focus is on trauma recovery/processing, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidality, disrupted attachment, relational issues, family breakdown, school refusal, low self-esteem and life transitions. Kady has a level 1 certificate in sensorimotor psychotherapy and is EMDR Therapy trained. She also has developed preventative therapeutic group work programs for students in high school and their parents to instil self-care and emotional regulation skills to cope with stress and anxiety. The ethical principle that resonates most with Kady as a clinical social worker is “respecting the inherent dignity and worth of each person” and this is shown in every aspect of her work.
Extended Health Care Psychologist Certificate, MSc and BSc, Clinical and Health Care Psychology, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Certified in different therapy courses, including ACT, EMDR and CBT
Registered in the Netherlands National Register of Professionals in Individual Health Care (BIG)
Flo is a Clinical Psychologist from Netherlands. She obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Psychology and has also completed a two-year Extended Health Care Psychologist Certificate. She has a rich experience of working in multiple settings, including private practice, in the Netherlands. Flo is registered in the Netherlands National Register of Professionals in Individual Health Care.
Flo works with adolescents and adults from the age of approximately 18 years and upwards. Flo also does couple therapy and has extensive experience with a wide variety of psychological problems such as stress-related symptoms, depressive feelings, anxiety, burnout, behavioral problems, grief and anger-management.
The therapy methods that she uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Supporting and Structuring Therapy, and Online Therapy. She also uses the Enneagram for issues around self-development, creating awareness at a deeper level and getting in contact with your true self.
Flo also conducts diagnostic assessments (personality, intelligence and behavioral problems). With personality testing, she is able to help people gain an insight and make sense of certain issues that they have been struggling with, so as to help with further treatment.
Flo’s aim is to help people develop healthier coping skills and work towards more vitality. She quickly builds a good working relationship and is transparent in her interactions with people. She has a holistic approach and also takes the transdiagnostic factors into account.
Registered Specialist Wellness Counsellor
B.A. Psy. Soc. (UP), B.A.Counselling Psy. (Hons)(UNISA)
B.C.A.T. (BICC) Cert. Counselling, Cert. Art Therapy (HELIOS), Cert. Play Therapy (L1&L2)(CPTT)
Alex is a South African and has for the past five years worked multi-culturally as a registered specialist wellness counsellor in private, hospital, community, group, school and individual settings. He is currently completing his Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Lasalle College of the Arts.
With his BA in Psychology (University of Pretoria) and Honours degree in Counselling Psychology (University of South Africa), Alex gained valuable experience as a HIV, Sex and Gender Counsellor at the University of Pretoria. After he obtained his degrees he proceeded to complete Certification in Counselling and Couples Counselling, receiving training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Imago Couples Counselling. He further specialised with a certification in Arts Therapy and Advanced Certification in Gestalt Play Therapy. He went on to obtain a Board Certification as an Autism Technician, providing one-to-one Applied Behaviour Analysis. Here he worked extensively within the school system, helping children with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders.
While working with children and teenagers, Alex uses art, play, music and sand tray therapy, following the Gestalt school of psychology. He looks to address emotional difficulties while incorporating behaviour intervention so as to aid childhood development. Alex works alongside the child to help develop skills to manage and process anxieties, traumas, behavioural and learning difficulties while forming a creative, safe and empowering space for the child to develop.
While working with adults, Alex incorporates cognitive behavioural intervention, creative gestalt intervention, as well as his experience and training in transactional analysis to help address issues related to addiction, anxiety, bereavement, stress, and to resolve conflicts, improve relationships, and manage challenges. Alex further has a great passion for resolving conflict and facilitating mediation between couples and helping build relationships, using IMAGO couples counselling.
Psychologist & Counsellor
M.L.A. (concentration Clinical Psychology), B.A. (Biology, Psychology)
Certificate in ACT, CBT (Beck Institute, USA)
Sukriti holds a Master's in Liberal Arts concentrating in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University, USA. Before that, she completed a Bachelors in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has been professionally trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, she has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. Sukriti is a member of the Singapore Psychology Society (SPS) and Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), as well as an international affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (APA). She has been researching on understanding the mechanisms and interventions involved in the development of psychopathology in individuals from different ethnicities and cultures for the past 5 years and contributes to academic psychological journals and conferences.
Sukriti has over 5 years of experience in psychological assessments, counselling, and therapy. Sukriti offers counselling to adolescents, adults, couples, and families on a broad range of psychological issues including behavioural problems, adjustment, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, self-esteem development, and relationship problems.
Having lived in India, the United States, France and now being an expat in Singapore, Sukriti has a personal understanding of the adjustment process and its psychological impact in different facets of an individual’s life. Further, having previously worked in a corporate setting, she is able to understand the issues and challenges involved in managing work and personal life stressors.
Sukriti uses an integrative approach to therapy, predominantly using techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Self-compassion based strategies to help her clients recognise the interplay between thoughts, emotions, and actions. She employs a client-centered, collaborative therapeutic approach and believes each individual has it within themselves to achieve their personal life goals.
Tutor & Mentor (Kindergarten to High School)
Masters in Administration and Organizational Dynamics, Portland State University, Masters Certificate in Curriculum Instruction with an emphasis in Human Development, University of Oregon, and Bachelors in Education, Linfield College, Oregon, Certified Reading Recovery Teacher
Vivian teaches, mentors and provides challenge and support for students in all content areas, from kindergarten through high school/International Baccalaureate.
After working for thirty years in the United States, Vivian worked in Singapore as a senior academic, teaching critical thinking to first-year students at Republic Polytechnic. She taught a class for school administrators offered through MOE. This course gave an opportunity for school administrators to look carefully at best practices and current research in education. These experiences, along with raising four of her own children, have provided her with insights into both educational systems. She is fully aware of what kinds of challenges students are faced with within both cultures.
Throughout her career, Vivian has been drawn towards supporting and understanding students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and the larger family of language/literacy disorders called Aphasia. Using assessment data, observations from parents and teachers, along with the expert insights of colleagues, she is able to design specific interventions to meet the individual needs of each student.
Often throughout her career, Vivian has had parents and colleagues bring her students who, for a variety of reasons, have given up on themselves as learners. Finding ways to support these students and help them take their next steps, are challenges that energize her.
Throughout all of Vivian's work, she has always remained committed to finding and using methods for helping each individual student meet and exceed academic goals. Along with meeting academic goals, she aims to cultivate within her students a love of learning and help them gain confidence in themselves.
M.ClinPsych, BA (Hons)
Velda is a clinical psychologist who graduated from the University of Queensland. She had more than 10 years of clinical experience working in the public healthcare sector before joining private practice. Velda offers individual psychotherapy, psychological or diagnostic assessments, and clinical supervision.
Velda is highly experienced in helping adults with complex and chronic psychological or psychiatric disorders. Her areas of expertise include depressive and anxiety disorders, personality or relational difficulties, trauma, stress management, grief and other health-related difficulties such as insomnia and weight management. In 2014, Velda was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Fellowship funded by MOH. She spent 3 months in the United Kingdom training and working alongside individuals with complex needs.
Velda uses different approaches of psychotherapy to help alleviate one’s emotional pain and struggles or to attain psychological well-being. She focuses on understanding the client, provides an individualised treatment plan and synergises evidence-based knowledge with compassion and sound clinical judgment to achieve successful outcomes. Velda conducts psychological and diagnostic assessments including Personality, Intelligence and Dementia Assessment.
Velda offers individual clinical supervision. She has taught, supervised and mentored junior psychologists, postgraduate clinical psychology interns and trainee doctors in psychiatry. Velda is a Full Member, Registered Psychologist and Approved Supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). She was a Faculty member of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Psychiatry Residency Program for eight years. Currently, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with NUS, Department of Psychology. Velda offers career talks and talks on various mental health care issues to schools and organisations. She also enjoys writing and has contributed to articles for local magazines.
Postgraduate in Counselling (MBACP), Foundation in Gestalt Therapy, Certificate in Ruella Franck’s 'Body Work and Trauma', Certificate in ADVP- Vocational Guidance and Career Counselling, Certificate in Infant Observation Neuroscience Seminars, Foundation in Art Therapy
Member of British Association for Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP)
Member of French Federation des Arts Therapeutes (FFAT)
Saveria is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, offering therapies to children, adults and adolescents, in English, Spanish and French.
She is an accredited member of the British Association for Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP), the French Federation des Arts Therapeutes (FFAT), and is a collaborative artist with ArtTherapy4All which raises awareness about the use of the art in healing. She has an MBA from Edhec (France) and a Post Graduate in Counselling from P2Be/UEL (UK).
Saveria has worked in Singapore, the UK, France, and the USA. She has ten years experience practising as a psychotherapist and counsellor in a wide range of settings: educational institutions, art therapy centres, psychological crisis intervention units, and corporate organisations. She has worked across ages and across multicultural and multiethnic individuals and groups. Before becoming a counsellor, she worked in the corporate world for ten years. She understands the dynamics of coping with stress management, career transitions, burn-out, aligning personal with professional goals. She grew up in France and the USA and is familiar with issues of third culture identity.
She adopts an integrative approach, tailoring her work according to each client's unique self and needs, with a particular focus on the quality of the therapeutic alliance with them. Her work allows you to go into depth and normally entails regular consultations. She believes that psychotherapy is very useful and can make a fundamental difference to the well-being of people.
She has worked with issues associated with insecurity, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, children, relationships, parenthood and postnatal depression, sex and sexuality, gender, abuse, anger, trauma, bereavement, addictions, cultural and family problems, work-related problems, and redundancy.
Registered with U.K.Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
Dr Kanan Pandya-Smith is a Clinical Psychologist who received her Doctorate from the University of Bristol, UK. She has 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families, and has published articles and a book chapter.
Kanan's areas of expertise include family mental health, children from 0 to18 years, and parenting. She has a special interest in under 5-year-olds, the ante and postnatal period and parental mental health. Kanan provides assessment and treatment for a range of difficulties for both children and adults. She works with families who feel stuck in unhelpful patterns, and has expertise with particular issues such as feeding and sleeping; managing behaviour; attachment difficulties and separation anxiety. Work with older children includes anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and helping adolescents to better understand their emotions and relationships at school and home.
Kanan has extensive experience working with parents, supporting their own mental health and relationship with their children.
Kanan is trained in a range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Attachment theory and Incredible Years Parenting. She uses these approaches to work collaboratively with families to better understand and move forward with their difficulties.
Psychotherapist & Counsellor
MA (with Distinction) Masters in Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People and Families: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London (University of Essex)
MA (with Merit) Masters in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London (University of East London)
PGCE Social Science, Secondary: The Institute of Education, The University of London
B.Soc.Sc. (First Class Hons) Degree in Political Science: The University of Birmingham, UK
Registered with the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP) and The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Robert has been working with children for over 20 years, both in Singapore and the United Kingdom. He offers experience from the fields of education, hospitals, and clinical practice, with children across the age-range of primary and secondary school. Robert has trained and worked in London over the past 8 years. This developed his listening and observational skills, his knowledge of child development research and psychoanalytic theory, and his clinical skills. His approach is informed by Mindfulness, Systemic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Robert has therapeutic experience with an NHS clinic which helps those with learning difficulties, neurological problems and lifelong conditions such as autism. Here, he worked with families, parents, and adolescents in weekly psychotherapy, assessing and treating cases with clinical teams. He also worked as a counsellor at a primary school with children aged 4-11, in a therapy room stocked with play and art materials and on assessments and reviews with parents.
Robert offers long term or brief psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling with children and adolescents, as well as doing parent and family work. His work is based on understanding how emotional interactions take place between family members. Through observing and listening to his clients, Robert aims to develop a sense of how they feel about themselves and others, and how this shapes their interactions. By helping them to appreciate and reflect on these feelings, Robert encourages clients to understand themselves and open up communication within families.
Robert adapts to the child or family he meets. He aims to build and maintain professional, honest and reliable relationships in his work. This involves getting to know people and letting them talk to him, in whichever way they feel comfortable.
Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Charles Sturt University
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Counselling Adolescents, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling, Crisis Intervention and Mental Health), Australian College of Applied Psychology
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & English), University of Sydney
Veronica is an experienced clinician working with children, young people, families and adults for over 10 years. She prioritizes understanding each client’s context, strengths, support and current difficulties in order to work together to achieve their therapy goals. Veronica has worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and now Singapore, where she lives with her three young children.
Veronica has worked with children, teenagers and young adults in a variety of settings, including multidisciplinary health clinics, government and non-government organizations, primary and secondary schools. She has experience in treating a wide range of mental health and school-based issues, such as anxiety, selective mutism, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, learning difficulties, emotional regulation, social skills difficulties, oppositional and challenging behaviour and low self-esteem. Veronica is experienced in working with families who are in the process of, or who are experiencing difficulties due to family separation or divorce. Veronica has worked with individuals from various cultures and backgrounds with sensitivity and utilizes a client-centred systemic approach. She is able to consult with adults facing difficulties such as addiction, crisis, mental health concerns, grief and loss, stress and adjustment difficulties. Veronica aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental experience by adopting a collaborative approach to helping clients achieve their personal, career and therapeutic goals.
Veronica is formulaic in her application of a range of approaches such as Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systemic Family and creative therapy techniques as indicated. When working with children and adolescents, Veronica emphasis on the importance of working collaboratively with parents and teachers to effectively support her clients.
Veronica is experienced in delivering a variety of community, parenting and professional seminars for educators or health professionals on topics such as parenting after family separation, developing a functional attachment with adopted or looked after children, mental health in schools and the community, psychosocial development and social skills training.