My interest in human behaviour began when I noticed how my friends and I each had our own struggles growing up, and yet we still found ways to relate and support one another through difficult times. It made me realise how everyone’s story is unique and how important social support was. This led me to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours, majoring in Psychology from Monash University.
Upon graduation, I gained some work experience in the recruitment industry first. I realised that although I was helping people find employment, it was predominantly a sales-oriented environment which didn’t sit right with me. It was about that time as well where I bore witness to the struggles of a loved one going through a difficult period in their lives, and how helpless I felt not being able to help them through it. These experiences taken together, help made up my mind to pursue a Masters in Professional Counselling, in the hopes that it would equip me with valuable lifelong skills to truly support someone in need.
Over the course of my training, I had the privilege of working in both private practice and educational settings. I was a trainee at ABRI Integrated Mental Health where I counselled working adults with issues such as depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, anger, developmental disabilities and more. Simultaneously, I worked with refugee children at Mannahouse Learning Centre. I facilitated psychoeducational workshops on topics such as social skills, resilience and emotional awareness as well as provided individual counselling to these lovely children.
I am now a registered and licensed counsellor with the Board of Counsellors (Malaysia). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the main therapeutic framework that I use to guide my sessions, although at times I utilise techniques and concepts from other modalities in my practice as well.
Therapy to me is about shining a light for you in the darkness until eventually you are able to find it from within to shine the light yourself. I believe everyone has inner strengths to overcome life challenges. Sometimes we just need guidance, empowerment and to learn a skill or two along the journey towards moving forward.
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself” – Abraham Maslow