Director of SACAC Counselling
Clinical Member SAC
SAC Registered Counsellor
CMSAC, RegCLR, MSc (Counselling), Grad.Cert (Counselling)
PGDCA (Comp Sc), BSc (Hons)
Vinti holds Masters and a Graduate Certificate in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. She is also a Certified Sand Therapy as well as an Expressive Therapy Practitioner. She is a member of Singapore Association of Counselling. Vinti has been in private practice in Singapore for many years before taking on the role of Director of SACAC Counselling.
Being an expat herself and having lived in many countries before moving to Singapore, Vinti understands the challenges around expat parenting, adjustments and transitions. She provides counselling support to expatriate as well as Singaporean children and families. Her multicultural background gives her the ability to empathize with children as well as adults of different nationalities and cultures, whilst retaining the objectives of the therapy.
She offers counselling to preschoolers, teens, adolescents, individual adults, families and couples on a broad range of issues including Behavioral problems, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Eat Disorders, Body Image, Grief, Adjustments, Academics and Relationship problems.
Vinti uses an Integrative based approach to counselling, using various techniques like Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, different Expressive Therapies (Art, Play and Sand), Gottman Couples Method (Level 2) and Mindfulness to meet clients' needs.
In addition to her qualifications in counselling, Vinti has worked in corporate settings in the past, which enables her to understand work-life balance issues and challenges involved in a corporate environment. Vinti holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications. Over the years she has been contributing articles for several parenting magazines, newsletters and online magazines.
(M.A., MSPS, C.Ht.)
Registered Clinical Psychologist, Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist, Regression Therapist, Advanced EFT Practitioner, Breakthrough Coach, Matrix Re-imprinting & NLP Practitioner
Mahima completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from University of Mumbai, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Trans-personal Regression therapies from the Tasso Institute, Holland, both at the top of her class. She has been professionally trained in advanced Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping), Matrix Re-imprinting, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Breakthrough Coaching through Vitality Living College, U.K. She is also an Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist trained at the California Hypnosis Institute of India.
Mahima has completed her training in Schema Therapy from ISST accredited Schema therapy training institute, Australia and is currently pursuing certification in the same. Mahima has completed level 1 and 2 of clinical training in Gottman's Couples Therapy, trained by Dr. Penner - clinical director of the Gottmans institute. She has also completed Level 1 certification in Play Therapy. She has done a course in Disaster Counselling from University of Mumbai and has been trained in REBT for children. Mahima is registered with the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP), is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), an international affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). Mahima is also part of the core committee heading the Clinical Psychology Special Interest Group for the SPS. She is a trainer for EFT and facilitates workshops and camps on topics involving personality and self-development, communication and social skills, parenting, stress-management and other relevant topics.
Mahima has many years of clinical experience in psychological assessment (educational and personality), counselling and therapy. She has a special interest in inner child work and positive psychology. Mahima works with adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and group therapy setups. She has also been working part time as an external school Counselor in an international school in Singapore.
Mahima provides consultations in English and Hindi. She uses Schema therapy, Inner child work, REBT, CBT, Positive Psychology, Play therapy, Mindfulness based techniques, Regression, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy employing a client centred, action oriented, psycho-spiritual therapeutic style. Mahima has worked with Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Body image, Relationship issues, Psychosomatic concerns, Adjustment, Self-esteem, Communication, Social and Parenting skills, Anger and Stress management, Personal development and Healing among other areas.
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.
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.
Registered Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA)
Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
Dr Thea Longman is a Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology and combined Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science from the University of Sydney. Thea has worked previously with children, adolescents and families in schools, clinic and hospital settings in Sydney, Australia.
Thea provides clinical assessment and treatment for emotional and behavioural problems in pre-schoolers, children, adolescents and young people, including anxiety, depression, life adjustment, emotion regulation, oppositional behaviour, school refusal and parent-child relational issues. She draws on therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), incorporated within a systemic framework.
Thea also conducts psychometric assessments of school-aged children to assess cognitive ability, learning difficulties and attention issues.
Thea focuses on providing a supportive space for clients to understand their presenting issues and develop their capacity to face life challenges. She approaches her work with compassion and creativity, using a variety of experiential and play based exercises. Thea believes in working collaboratively with parents, teachers and allied health professionals to create supportive environments for wellbeing.
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.
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.
Clinical Member SAC
SAC Registered Counsellor, Reg CLR
SAC Registered Supervisor, RegClinSup
MSc (Psy), BSc (Comp Sc)
Soh Hiang is a registered counsellor and supervisor with SAC (Singapore Association for Counselling).
She comes with 15 years of counselling experience, majoring in marriage and family counselling. Besides a Masters in Psychology, she is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Approach and also has a certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. She has also completed Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 and 2, Emotion-Focused Therapy Level 1 to 4 and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Level 1. Her diverse exposure also includes Gestalt and Systemic approach. She follows an integrative approach and recognizes a human being as an integrated whole.
Having used Prepare-Enrich assessment with many couples, she has been accorded Seminar Director (trainer) for Prepare-Enrich (an assessment and counselling tool for preparing couples for marriage and for enriching marriages). She has also championed marriage mentoring and has compiled a program for that purpose. To address the specific issue of Extra-Marital Affair (EMA) and recovery, she has also been trained in Torn Asunder and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EMA).
Formerly a work-life consultant and a wellness coach for multinational companies, Soh Hiang has counselled many expatriates. Having worked in India and China, she has personal experience of transitioning into new cultures and working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Besides counselling, she has conducted many talks and workshops on youth, marriage and family, parenting, relationship matters and other psycho-social topics.
Her passion for counselling makes her a continual learner so as to connect deeply with herself and her clients to empower them to understand and handle their relationships in more effective ways.
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.