Growing up surrounded by Asian culture, it took me more than 20 years of struggling and learning to be comfortable with my own fears and anxieties. Having done so, I embraced my existential freedom and eventually became the person that I am. These realisations started me off on my journey into counselling, where I enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Psychology with University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). After completing my degree, I had the pleasure of working with a plethora of clients, from pre-school children in a kindergarten to adolescents in Management and Science University (MSU) in Penang. Then, I worked closely with the principal to improve the group dynamics between teachers and students through various activities and programs. Having accomplished that, it gave me the hunger to further enhance my knowledge and this led me to the Masters in Counselling program at HELP University. Whilst completing my course, I experienced significant growth and it was there that I found my calling of helping others find meaning in their life.
In the past few years, I have worked with Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI), an NGO that provides mental health services to refugees from the Middle East such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan. There, I worked together with the refugees to address their psychological concerns such as trauma, grief, anxiety, and relationship issues. Throughout my experience of working with them, I have continued to grow and developed as a counsellor because I was inspired by my clients’ resilience in dealing with their challenges in life. Even now, I continue to volunteer at MSRI, providing probono mental health services as it is my pleasure to have been given the opportunity to work with individuals of different backgrounds, cultures, values as well as religion.
I am currently in the process to becoming a certified Existential Humanistic Therapist (EHT), and as such, I use that approach in my work with my clients. In EHT, the therapeutic goal is to “set clients free” and freedom is interpreted as the capacity for choice within the natural and self-imposed limits of living. I personally believe that there is virtually impossible to live free from anxiety and fear. Only by having the existential freedom of choice can set one free. Hence, I look to work together with you to address your resistance or other aspects that might be preventing you from facing your concerns. On top of that, I am also in pursuit of becoming a certified Eye Movement Desensitization Therapist with EMDR Training Australia and New Zealand. I also incorporate other complimentary techniques from different modalities that best suit you such as Narrative Therapy and Emotional-Focused Therapy to help you reach your goals. I stand firmly on the belief that you know what is best for yourself and you have the strength to choose and make decisions about your own life. I hope that you, the client and I can both act as co-therapists, working together side by side to achieve the goals that you have and overcome the difficulties that you face. One must not have fear to take the leap of faith into the unknown as there lies the freedom of life, and I do hope that I can make that leap with you.