B Sc Psychology (Hons.) (Upper Iowa)
Masters of Clinical Psychology (HELP)
PhD Candidate (Monash University)
Member of Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (CPI-0056)
My foray into the field of mental health and wellness was somewhat ‘accidental’ but my love for helping people is not. In Malaysia, we have the opportunity of working with people of all ages and backgrounds and I have been grateful for every person that I have come into contact with who has shaped my knowledge and skills further.
In my youth, I served for a decade in an NGO youth ministry, where I facilitated personal development activities with both large and small teenage groups, as well as conducted individual lay-counselling. Currently in my 8th year of clinical practice, I have worked with people from all walks of life, with varying cultural backgrounds. My therapy work encompasses both children and adults with behavioural, emotional difficulties, as well as, helping them overcome various life issues they encounter, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, lack of motivation, school refusal, relationship problems and social withdrawal. My other passion also lies in working with couples and families. The family is the most fundamental unit in society which has so much potential to thrive amidst complicated life situations, given the right support. Hence, I believe in teaching and empowering individuals and families to utilize their existing resources to overcome life’s challenges.
I adopt an eclectic approach to therapy, which basically incorporates a combination of evidence-based techniques from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I also integrate religion/spirituality into therapy for those who specifically request for it. I was previously a lecturer of various Psychology subjects at the college and university level for six years, where I loved imparting knowledge and inspiring the younger generation to become agents of positive change among their own spheres of influence. I am currently doing my PhD research on addictions on the internet among children and adolescents.
Apart from work, I am a mother of two young children, from whom I learn the most about real life on a daily basis. My family continually humble and inspire me to become a person who “practices what I preach” in my professional and personal life. It is through my family, that I learn the most about who I am as a person.
Life is often difficult and challenging as we manoeuvre through the different seasons with its ups and downs. So why do it alone? As Lao-Tzu so aptly said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. It would be my greatest privilege if you would allow me to take that step with you in your life’s journey.