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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology – Antioch University, California, USA
Bachelor of Arts in Music - Prairie Bible College, Alberta, Canada
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), California, USA
Joyce is a culturally sensitive, bilingual English-Mandarin clinical psychologist with over ten years of clinical experience providing individuals, couples, and family counseling for those struggling with emotional, behavioral, psychological, personality, relational, and marital conflict. She is a registered Licensed Marriage and Family therapist from California, USA.
Joyce obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, California, USA. She has extensive experience in conducting psychological and risk assessments, diagnosis, developing treatment plans that identify strengths, objectives, and intervention strategies to obtain satisfactory outcomes. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with individuals with a myriad of concerns such as Depression, Anxiety, Hallucination, Psychosis, Suicidal, Self-harm, Trauma, PTSD, and Adjustment Issues. She has also worked with families in Parenting Skills or Issues and supported interracial couples in resolving marital conflicts, developing trust and commitment, improving communication and problem-solving skills.
Joyce's therapeutic approach is integrative and holistic where she utilizes evidence-based treatment, and methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focus Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Therapy, Attachment-based Therapy, and Family Structure to help her clients in their individual needs and challenges.
Joyce is committed to providing compassionate care, with intervention strategies that will obtain satisfactory outcomes for individuals, couples, and families. She has worked with clients from all age groups in a broad range of clinical settings including schools, mental health agencies, and a county mental health department, cancer center, and private practice. She strives to provide a non-judgmental, safe space while working collaboratively with clients to explore and understand presenting issues, identify triggers, strengths, and options, to develop and cultivate effective coping strategies and skills to improve emotional health and confidence to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
Masters in Counselling, Monash University, Australia
Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management and Consultancy, Netherlands
Certificate in Coaching (based on Gestalt), Institute of MultiDimens, Netherlands
Various Advanced Certificates in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, including ACT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, ACT for Trauma, ACT as a Brief Intervention and ACT for Adolescents (By Dr Russ Harris), Institute for Better Health, Australia
Allard holds a Master in Counselling from Monash University, Australia, and is a certified Coach (based on Gestalt theory) from MultiDimens, Netherlands. He is a member of the Singapore Association of Counselling.
Throughout the years Allard’s work has consisted of guiding & supporting people. In his previous job in Singapore, he was responsible for running the psychological support programme for an organisation with 5000 staff. He works with adults and focuses on various issues including work stress/conflict, burnout, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Having lived in Singapore for more than 10 years, he can relate to expatriates coming to live and work in this island-state, including the stress one can experience at work as well at home due to a change in culture. He ran his own Gestalt coaching company before relocating to Singapore.
Born in the Netherlands, Allard has grown up in a rich variety of cultures of Western Europe. He has lived abroad for the greater part of his adult life. Allard has travelled extensively and worked in Latin America for several years. Although now rusty, he still speaks Spanish. However, for counselling, he prefers to work in English and Dutch.
The therapy that Allard uses the most is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It is well supported by a large body of scientific evidence. It is known to be very effective and also honours people’s quest for being whole. Other therapies that influence Allard are Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Allard’s aim is to make evidence-based therapies easily accessible to clients, enable them to overcome obstacles in their lives, and make them more rich and meaningful while journeying with them with respect and compassion.
MA(Hons) in Counseling, Regis University, USA
BS in Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Licensed Professional Counselor, Colorado, USA
Whitney has been working as a counsellor in the United States for the last seven years. Her diverse experience includes working in different settings such as individual, groups such as including psychiatric inpatient milieu, intensive outpatient psychoeducational and therapeutic programs, office-based outpatient counselling, and teletherapy via her own private practice. Whitney works with adult individuals seeking to reconnect with who they are.
Whitney is trained in a range of therapeutic techniques including Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and EMDR Levels I & II. She participates in ongoing continuous education on topics such as psychopharmaceutical medications, Sensorimotor Therapy, neurofeedback, relationship counselling, group process, and Dream Analysis. Her approach is integrative, collaborative, and strength-based. Whitney is experienced to work with depression, anxiety, life-transition, identity struggles, trauma, grief, and loss. Whitney is able to support the client to achieve greater satisfaction and authenticity in their lives.
Fundamentally Whitney believes that we are all capable of creating the lives we want most, but sometimes life events and limiting self-beliefs can get in the way of this. With the support of a counsellor, Whitney believes we can often find our way to thriving—living with passion, presence, and stability.
Whitney thoroughly enjoys her work and the unending growth opportunities within it. She regularly attends training and workshops that allow her to enhance her education and therapeutic skills, as well as her own personal development.
Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Health Psychology
Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy with specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Level I & II
In training for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Schema Therapy
Member of Psychologist and Psychotherapist Italian Association
Francesca is an Italian Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She trained in Milan, where she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology. Post her Master’s degree she completed a 4-year post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She has also completed a two-year certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) from New York. Francesca is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Level I & II.
Francesca has over 8 years of experience and offers psychotherapy in English and Italian to adolescents and adults. She works on a wide range of psychological issues, providing support and treatment for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anger management, emotional regulation, relational problems, stress-related issues, lack of self-esteem, confidence, and lastly personality disorders.
Francesca’s work is based on helping her clients understand the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviours, facilitating a better comprehension of themselves. This helps them to change the way they feel about and deal with others and the wider world. She also works on clients' awareness of their mental functioning by understanding the core theme of their suffering and the vicious circles that maintain it. This allows achievement of the therapeutic goals from a long term perspective.
Francesca truly believes in a genuine relationship of trust as a base of better and more helpful work with the client.
Counsellor, Psychotherapist & CBT Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Oxford
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Victoria Counselling and Training Service
Registered with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies)
Laura originally trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Merit from the University of Oxford and is now also a BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies) CBT Therapist. Laura is also registered and accredited with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
Laura has over 10 years of experience providing psychological therapy. She works with adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological difficulties and specializes in treating depression and anxiety disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Health Anxiety.
The researched-based therapeutic approaches that Laura uses to support her clients include Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Solution-Focussed, Motivational Interviewing(MI), and Cognitive-behavioural (CBT). Laura helps design an individualized treatment plan based on the client’s therapy goals, their preferences, limitations on session numbers, using evidence-base modalities for treating the difficulties that the client would like to work on.
Laura was a Counsellor with SACAC Counselling while living in Singapore with her husband and daughter in 2016. Here she worked with a diverse range of age groups as well as issues. She also represented SACAC Counselling at an educational institution along with seeing clients in the practice. Laura returned to live in the UK in 2018 with her family where she has since worked in private practice and for the UK’s leading private mental health hospital ‘The Priory’.
Registered Psychologist (Singapore)
Licensed psychologist (P.07930), Ohio, USA
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Clinical Psychology
Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.)
BA in Psychology
BSc (Hons) in Zoology
Ting Huay obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (USA), and completed a yearlong postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco (USA). She is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, Society for Health Psychology, and Ohio Psychological Association.
Ting Huay is dedicated to providing compassionate care and evidence-based treatment for individuals and families. She has worked with clients from all age groups in a broad range of clinical settings, to help them achieve their goals and to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. She strives to provide a non-judgmental safe space while working collaboratively with clients to explore existential issues, diffuse stressful situations, lower distress, and improve emotional health and well-being. She is competent in providing psychosocial intervention to promote lifestyle and behavioural changes.
In treatment, Ting Huay utilizes the biopsychosocial model to work with her clients. She is well versed in evidence-based treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness intervention. She also does psychological/neuropsychological evaluations to assess cognitive functioning, intelligence, educational strengths/weakness, and preparedness for surgical procedures. She is experienced in teaching, facilitating workshops, and consultation. She has a special interest in health psychology/behavioural medicine and suicide research.
Ting Huay comes from a small town in Malaysia. She initially worked as a stem cell researcher in Singapore before pursuing clinical psychology, a lifelong learning profession that is more aligned with her personal and cultural values. Her acculturation process has been helpful to understand and empathize with the unique challenges faced by individuals and families, including issues related to acculturation and its impact on health. She is committed to learning to ensure her ability to provide effective client care.
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.
Master of Psychology (Clinical), James Cook University (Singapore)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Psychology), University of Queensland, Australia
Bachelor of Arts (Merit), National University of Singapore
Eunice has over 16 years of clinical experience as a psychologist across various settings such as special education schools, forensic juvenile system, forensic/judicial system for adults, public hospitals and the Institute of Mental Health. She has worked with a varied population including children and adults with special needs, sexual and violent youth offenders, adult offenders, as well as adults and adolescents with mental health conditions. She is also experienced in conducting psychological assessments.
Eunice is a certified Solution-Focused therapist. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy (Level 1, pending Level 2), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches (e.g. basic mindfulness concepts and techniques, Mindful Self-Compassion Approach) and Systemic Therapy (which she uses in her work with adolescents, couples and families). She is currently receiving training in the Gottman Method of couples Therapy.
Eunice is passionate about walking with her clients on their unique life-enhancing and self-discovery therapeutic journey. She strongly believes that therapy is a safe space for clients’ disclosure, learning, self-discovery and finding their way to a meaningful life (not limited to symptom reduction). She further believes that people have strengths (including hidden ones) and are capable of change, as long as they are willing to do so. Her clients can expect therapeutic conversations that are often facilitated by her thought-provoking questions and co-constructed, customised interventions that are informed by research as well as clients’ input.
She engages in regular clinical supervision on top of regular training, so as to continuously hone her clinical capabilities.
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
SAC Registered Counsellor (RegCLR)
Clinical Member Singapore Association of Counselling (CMSAC)
Certified Sand Therapist
Expressive Therapy Practitioner
Masters in Counselling
Graduate Certificate in Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science
Bachelors in Computer Science
Vinti is an Australian trained experienced therapist who uses a holistic approach while working with her clients. She is a Clinical Member and a Registered Counsellor of Singapore Association of Counselling (SAC). Vinti has over eleven years of experience in working with people of all ages providing support in many clinical settings like voluntary organizations, private practices, schools, universities, before taking on the role of director of SACAC Counselling. Vinti manages the practice while also working with her clients. She is a supervisor supporting upcoming therapists in the field of counselling.
She provides a non-judgmental safe space for adults, couples, kids and families to improve their emotional health and well being. She is passionate about helping women and mothers with their everyday life challenges and has special interest in helping professionals working in finance and technology in the corporate and entrepreneurial space. She has a holistic approach focusing on the 5 components of well being (Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial and Academic) to improve emotional health. She supports clients on a broad range of issues including depression, traumas, eat disorders, grief, adjustments, substance and behavioural addictions, parenting, and relationships. Vinti’s therapeutic approach is integrative and person centered, drawing on evidence based approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Expressive Therapies (Art & Sand), Mindfulness, MCBT, Gottman’s Couples Method (level 1 & 2) to meet her clients' individual needs. She is a Certified Sand Therapist and Expressive Therapy practitioner. She has recently trained in new age modality Image Transformation Therapy( ImTT) which helps release Pain, Fear, Guilt and/or shame of trauma and other experiences without the person needing to intensely experience the blocked feelings.
In addition to her education and work experience in counselling, Vinti also holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application. She worked in the technology space in senior positions for a few years before moving into the field of supporting others. Having worked in a corporate and startup setting, enables her to understand issues with work-life balance, performance, work dynamics, support leadership development, goal setting and other challenges.
Being a third culture kid herself and an expat for the last 20 years, Vinti understands the challenges around the expat lifestyles and transitions for her clients. Her multicultural background along with many years of experience in working with different issues, as a therapist gives her the ability to understand and empathize with clients of different nationalities, backgrounds, and cultures, whilst retaining the objectives of the therapy.
Over the years Vinti has been an active contributor of articles for several parenting magazines, national newspapers, and online magazines on various topics.
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.
Master of Clinical Psychology Research (MPhil) – University of Manchester, UK
Bachelor of Psychology (BSc Hons) – Nottingham Trent University, UK
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Certified in Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Levels 1 & 2)
Registered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Mitra completed her studies in the UK, and has extensive experience in working as both a therapist and a researcher with various groups with developmental and mental health issues. She has worked with child and adolescent mental health services (NHS, England), mainstream schools, psychiatric secure care units, private sector mental health providers, youth offender institutes, prisons, substance abuse units, and the British Ministry of Defense.
She has worked with individuals experiencing a number of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, autism, learning disabilities, psychopathy, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mitra uses a client-centered holistic approach, mainly informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Multisystemic Therapy (MST). To guide her approach, she also does psychometric and psychological assessments. In her therapy work with couples, she uses the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She provides her clients with the suitable psychological tools and methods to achieve their full potential and ultimate goals.
Mitra is passionate about helping children and adolescents realize their full potential academically, emotionally and psychologically.
Mitra believes that all individuals are different and there is no one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach when concerned with mental health issues. It is essential to formulate the correct intervention that each individual requires, based on their past experiences, behavioural patterns, diagnoses, cultural background and beliefs.
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, EFT, Enneagram and CBT
Registered in the Netherlands National Register of Professionals in Individual Health Care (BIG)
Flo is a Clinical Psychologist from the 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, behavioural problems, grief and anger management.
The therapy methods that she uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), 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 behavioural problems). With personality testing, she is able to help people gain 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.
Master of Social Work, Columbia University, USA
B.A. (Comparative Culture), Sophia University, Japan
Member of Singapore Association of Social Workers, Japanese Medical Support Network, International Transaction Analysis Association
Rie has extensive clinical experience gained over the past 25 years working with expatriate families in the United States, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and now in Singapore. She has worked at hospitals, seniors' residence, community agencies, and schools, dealing with various mental health issues including depression, grief and loss, anxiety, adjustment, parenting, developmental and relationship challenges. She pays serious attention to a client's context, wider relationships and strengths, and develops a personally tailored treatment approach for each client, using various techniques and theoretical models including cognitive, behavioural, gestalt, narrative, integrative and transactional analysis. Rie is committed to facilitating changes and/or recovery that clients wish to achieve and enhance their developmental processes, regardless of their age.
Rie serves as a council member of the Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (UK) and is a board member of the Transactional Analysis Association of Japan. She has contributed to community papers and websites on parenting, stress management, and other mental health issues. She has co-translated two of Eric Berne's seminal books on transactional analysis in Japanese, "What do You Say After You Say Hello" (Seiwa, 2018) and "Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy" (Seiwa, to be published in Fall 2020).
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, Universityof Oregon
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.
Mental Health Counsellor
PhD Counseling & Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.S. Counseling Dual Tracks: Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Elementary School Counseling, University of North Texas
MEd Early Childhood Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
National Certified Counselor (USA), North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (NCLCMHCA)
Member of Singapore Association of Counselling (SAC) & American Counseling Association (ACA)
Isabelle has lived, studied, and worked in the United States for close to a decade, and her international experiences have enriched both her personal and professional experiences. She has worked extensively with clients and supervisees from diverse cultural backgrounds in the United States and Singapore. She enjoys working collaboratively with her clients to deliver culturally-responsive interventions that best meet their needs, while supporting and guiding them in their journey toward self-growth and enhanced well-being.
Isabelle has been working with children, adolescents, and adults in the capacity of a counsellor, counsellor educator, and supervisor. Additionally, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings including schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, domestic violence agencies, and private practice. Trained in play therapy for individuals and groups, Isabelle integrates play therapy in her work with children and adolescents. She utilizes creative, expressive and play-based approaches for clients across the lifespan. Isabelle is also a certified AutPlay Provider and integrates play in her work with children and adolescents with autism and/or other developmental disorders. Alongside play therapy, she also offers individual and group parenting consultation, support, and resources to help parents effectively navigate challenging issues and transitions that they encounter in their parenthood journey.
Drawing upon her yoga teacher training and experience, Isabelle is passionate about working with clients who have experienced trauma, particularly domestic violence and intimate partner violence. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a research-supported treatment approach for trauma, mood and various mental health conditions. She integrates EMDR with trauma-informed psychotherapy, play therapy and expressive arts, yoga and mindfulness as a healing modality for her clients.
Isabelle has worked with clients with a wide range of mental health conditions including mood and emotional regulation issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-injurious behaviours, body image and eating disorders. Isabelle also offers a safe space for LGBTQIA clients and continues to receive training to support her clients. In addition to that, she is trained in Gottman Therapy Levels 1 and 2 and enjoys working with couples experiencing relationship issues including separation and divorce. Isabelle also provides pre-marital counselling.
Isabelle approaches her work with clients using an integrative and strength-based approach of counselling and psychotherapy. In her integrative approach, she draws upon Adlerian Therapy, Humanistic-Existential Therapies, Narrative Therapy, and third-wave Mindfulness-Based Therapies. In addition to university teaching and research experiences, Isabelle has authored several international journal articles and book chapters, and presented in both national and international conferences and workshops.
Postgraduate in Counselling (MBACP), Foundation in Art Therapy, Foundation in Group 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, Masters in Organizational Change and Behaviour, Edhec (France)
Saveria has a Post Graduate in Counselling from the UK and a Masters in organizational change and behaviour from France. She grew up as a third-culture child in the USA, lived in France and the UK, and has been living in Singapore for the past four years.
Saveria works with stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, trauma (accidents, rape, abuse), grief and loss, identity issues, relationships, parenthood and work-related challenges.
She helps clients understand themselves better, develop skills to improve personal and professional relationships. She uncovers ways to cope with stress and anxiety, improve communication skills, break self-destructive patterns, and increase life-purpose. She helps find new perspectives and develop new ways of thinking. She strives to provide a confidential and collaborative space to become more self-reflective and understand the changes that are needed.
Her work is based on interdisciplinary modalities (CBT, Psychodynamic, Neuroscience, Jungian, Gestalt, Exposure and Play therapy).
Prior to joining SACAC Counselling, she was the deputy head of the counselling centre at a leading liberal arts college in Asia where she worked with clients across different cultures. She has experience in various clinical settings: emergency psychological units, psychiatric assessment centres, educational institutions and art therapy communities. She has worked with different age groups and across multicultural ethnicities to understand how one’s culture and the context we live in can impact one’s life. In addition to her clinical experience, she has worked in the corporate sector for ten years where she was a consultant on stress management, career transitions, and burn-out.
She is a senior accredited member of the British Association for Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP) and is a collaborative artist with ArtTherapy4All which raises awareness about the use of the art in healing.
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.
Masters in Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue), University of Edinburgh, U.K.
Bachelor of Arts (Social & Policy Science), Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
Registered counsellor with Singapore Association of Counselling
Clinical Member Singapore Association of Counselling
Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Elizabeth works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She is a registered counsellor with Singapore Association of Counselling and a member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Elizabeth graduated with BA in Social Sciences and further obtained a Masters in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh, and specializes in psychodynamic and person-centered approaches.
Over the past 5 years, Elizabeth has worked with individuals presenting with a myriad of concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship related issues, transitions, and grief and loss. She also has experience in working with interracial couples to resolve marital conflicts, develop trust and commitment, and improve relationship foundation. Elizabeth's therapeutic approach is integrative and person-centered, drawing on evidence-based modalities such as Attachment-based Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Gottman's Couples Method (level 1 & 2) to meet her clients' individual needs.
She is also experienced in working with children with special needs and those affected by substance abuse and trauma. She extensively uses Play Therapy and Expressive Therapies (Art, Sand, and Storytelling).
Having lived in Taiwan, UK and Singapore, Elizabeth embraces diversity and is more discerning of cultural nuances that might impact different individuals. Desiring to facilitate individuals' acculturation processes, Elizabeth pioneered a support group focusing on helping Taiwanese mothers adjust optimally to life in Singapore.
Elizabeth is an empathetic and flexible individual who is a strong advocate of self-empowerment. She believes that every individual has the potential to achieve self-actualization, however, due to obstacles or limitations in life, they require a non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment and guidance to achieve their true potential. She is driven to help individuals discover and connect with the intrinsic beauty and wisdom of the self, believing that the motivation to strive naturally, flows from that discovery. She is committed to lifelong learning and continues to improve her clinical skills to provide holistic counselling for her clients.
Bachelor in Social Sciences with a honours minor in Youth Care, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Master of Science in Clinical Child, Family, and Educational Studies (Developmental Psychology), University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Registered in the Netherlands National Register of Professionals in the Youth Sector (SKJ)
Melissa obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Child, Family, and Educational Studies from the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands). Her degree included modules such as developmental psychopathology of children and adolescents, interactive patterns in families and parenting problems, psychology, diagnostics, and fundamentals of treatment, interventions and counselling. Melissa has five years of experience working in multiple health care institutions. These include residential care for adolescents, treatment-groups for toddlers with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and ambulatory care for families with multiple and complex problems.
She has worked with children and youth with various vulnerabilities and issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Worth and Self-Esteem, Trauma, Anger, Addiction, Self-Harm, Attachment Problems, and Intellectual Disabilities. She has also worked with families to improve Parenting Skills and work through Parenting Problems.
She guides children, adolescents and their families with their personal goals through counselling, interventions and advice. She uses techniques from different evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Family Systems Therapy, Play Therapy and Mindfulness. She is also trained in conducting assessments relating to social, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents.
Melissa works with a positive mind-set and humour while adopting a culturally sensitive approach. She believes that creating a safe and reliable space is important for strengthening the therapeutic alliance with her clients and working through their troubles. She aims to contribute to the personal growth of her clients and the systems surrounding them, as well as helping them function to their own optimum potential.
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
BA in psychology (Hons), Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Specialist in Gerontology (Hons), Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Professional Diploma in Behaviour Psychology, National University of Singapore
Andrea graduated in psychology and followed it up with a specialization in gerontology in Brazil, her home country. She moved to Singapore 10 years ago and continued to invest in her academic development, and obtained a professional diploma in Behaviour Psychology from NUS. She also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
She has worked with children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly, all with different demands and needs, and in varied settings. As a psycho-gerontologist, she conducted group therapy sessions in a university as well as a private setting in Brazil. She also worked as a school counsellor for a pre-school. Whilst in Singapore, she has volunteered for a hospice, taught Portuguese in a language centre, and has been offering psychotherapy to the Brazilian community.
Having worked in Brazil and in Singapore and with people from all over the world, she has a good understanding of different cultures as well as the role they play in the development of one's personality. She believes that every person is unique and that culture, biological factors as well as an individual’s singular history are crucial in helping understand a person.
Andrea offers a non-judgmental and empathic atmosphere in her sessions and bases her work on CBT and Behaviour Therapy.
SAC Registered Counsellor
Certified CTRT (Choice Theory & Reality Therapy) Therapist
Certified Family Therapist
Master of Guidance & Counselling
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Shanti is a Registered Counsellor with the SAC, with over 10 years of experience working with young adults, individuals, couples and families in multi-cultural settings.
Prior to joining SACAC Counselling’s team, Shanti was the Associate Dean (Education) with James Cook University, Singapore. Her role involved teaching for the Master’s program in Counselling, and training and mentoring Counselling interns. She continues to teach as an Adjunct Lecturer. She has also worked in Voluntary Welfare Organizations, Family Service Centres, as well as her own private practice, and has also provided counselling support to students of an international university in Singapore.
Her interests and experience lie in the areas of parenting, relationships, marriage, cultural adjustment, grief (loss and trauma) to name a few. While working with couples, she explores individual differences (upbringing, financial matters, parenting styles, etc.) to help set common goals on key issues, improve communication and re-connection. Where appropriate, she also helps with transition after separation.
Shanti holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counselling (James Cook University, Singapore, 2005), and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a Certified Reality Therapist (William Glasser Institute, Singapore) and has completed Level 2 certification in Satir’s Systemic Family Therapy. The quote, ‘Peace within, peace between and peace among’ by Virginia Satir, resonates with Shanti. Her therapeutic approach is Systemic but also incorporates techniques from modalities such as Mindfulness, CBT and CTRT. She sees her role in the counselling process as that of a guide, to help clients maintain a balance, create meaningful connections with the people around them, and regain a sense of well-being in their social, emotional and professional selves.
As a global nomad, Shanti has lived in several cities in India, Eastern Europe and Singapore. This multi-cultural exposure has equipped Shanti to understand and relate with empathy to the challenges of living abroad. Shanti is fluent in English, Hindi and Telugu.
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.