During my secondary school days, I stumbled upon a TV program showing how a psychologist guided a child to overcome her challenges in expressing emotions and thoughts to others. I found her experience relatable as I too had my set of challenges in terms of communicating with some others. Encounters with people who I am unfamiliar with was a battle against anxiety for me and I often had to rehearse the sentences in my mind multiple times before I could speak up. I was constantly afraid of making mistakes, and worried that I would embarrass myself. Watching the child get help and to improve on her challenges made me realized the importance of having the right support. This was how my interest in the field of psychology started to bloom.
This interest led me to pursue a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at HELP University, Malaysia. As I embarked on this journey, I learnt more about various psychological disorders and how it affects one’s functioning. My time there helped solidify my desire to be in the helping profession, and I made up my mind that I wanted to work with individuals who struggle with mental health to better understand themselves and guide them to better manage their challenges.
This led me down a intuitive path to a Masters of Clinical Psychology at HELP University, Malaysia. During my practicum training, I was privileged to work as a trainee therapist at a range of diverse setting which included Centre for Psychological and Counseling services (CPCS), A.C.T.S. Clinic, Dignity for Children Foundation, the Malaysian Mental Health Association, and SOLS Health. At these places, I had the opportunity to work with individuals from various walks of life including local and refugee children, adolescents, adults and their families. With them, I have conducted psychological assessments and interventions for psychological conditions such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and trauma related disorders.
My main therapeutic approach is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where I guide clients to learn to challenge and reframe unhelpful thinking styles. This approach helps clients to perceive their situation in a more rational way and facilitate their development of coping strategies to better manage their emotions. In accordance to the client’s condition, I do also incorporate techniques from other therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Currently, I work with The Mind's corporate partners. I conduct individual, group and training for clients with a main focus on building resiliency to cope with personal and workplace challenges.I believe that regardless of one’s age, gender, ethnic background and social status; everyone has a unique set of life challenges to be dealt with. These challenges often put our emotional and mental mettle at test. It’s not uncommon for us to feel much alone, helpless and hopeless during these times. Hence, I aspire to be a therapist who journeys with clients through these rough times in life with sincerity and warmth. I see therapy as a space for one to understand themselves better, heal and grow. As a team, I believe we can work together to achieve your goals and ultimately arrive at the best version of yourself.