Ann Ding Choong Ai

Licensed and registered counselor (Malaysia)

Ann Ding Choong Ai

Licensed and registered counselor (Malaysia)

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Telehealth Available
Professions: Licensed Professional Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Registered and licensed by Malaysia Board of Counsellors - KB05721

Offices

D-11-28
Avenue D Vogue, 3A Jalan 132
Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan 46200 - Malaysia

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My Approach to Helping

Counselling help individual to make better life choices and to move forward in their life. Sometime for some client counselling help them to find that missing puzzle in their life and for some to find their authentic self, inner peace etc.

My own journey in counselling began around mid-age in which I was stuck at a crossroads with career burnout and personal issues. Thus, I begin a long journey of self-exploration, finding myself and my own healing journey. My personal motto in life and therapy is 'that which does not kill me, makes me stronger,' a popular quote by Nietzsche.

This had further strengthened my belief that each and every one of us has the strength to heal and discover one's self and find that peace within. This belief had been affirmed by what I seen in some of my client’s courage and strength in working towards their healing journey. Thus, it is my goal as a therapist to help client to discover their inner strength and to move forward in their life.

A therapy session with me means a session of support, emphatic, and a non-judgmental, therapeutic safe space for you to explore and express yourself freely.

I especially like the part in which Irwin Yalom in The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients, quoted this: on therapist and client.

“Irvin Yalom described the client and therapist as “fellow travelers, both on a journey of discovery together.”

I find it so true after being a therapist for so many years, therapy is both way that both therapist and client grow as a person and how much our client allowed us to be in their world or healing journey for healing and growth to take place. So, let’s take the first step in your healing journey. Allow me to walk the journey with you.

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come strength”
Sigmund Freud

“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”
Rumi

“The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step.”
Lao Tzu

More Info About My Practice

I am based within the Cheras, Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya vicinity. For appointment, fees, and services please feel free to contact me. Available on weekday, weekend and public holiday by appointment. Please feel free to enquire at 0123039880.

During this pandemic period am doing my practice fully via telehealth thus am available at anytime and anywhere. Feel free to check out the pandemic pricing. Also the first consultation via phone call or texting is free.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am passionate about helping individual to work thru their issues especially traumas, distressing childhood memory, stress, burnout, self esteem, depression, anxiety, panic attack as well as PTSD. It

Living in a multicultural Malaysia, allow me to have vast experiences to work with client from diverse cultural, background and values.

On top of seeing individual client I also work with EAP (employee assistance programme) in the capacity of counselling, critical incident stress management as well as talk and webinar on mental wellbeing.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

I believe generally in life there will be moment that we got stuck and things seems to go haywire. What we need is a lift to unstuck us and put us on the correct path again, and this is where counselling or therapy can help.

Counselling also helps us to make better and more effective life choices and moving forward in our life. Most importantly i believed most client seek to find their authentic self, happiness, peace within self, in short a self that is balanced, centred and whole.

During this pandemic time, its quite common to see client struggle due to the pandemic that impacted their mental well being, and for some its can be kind of scary as never expect it could happen to them, with counselling it help client to manage their emotional regulation and navigate their life to be back on track again.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

With the current battle against the pandemic, I find myself force to adapt to many changes and challenges as an individual as well as a therapist and this had push me out of my own comfort zone. This made me relate well to client that impacted due to the pandemic itself. In this time of pandemic, I find myself seeing client who are mostly impacted due to the pandemic and thus I believe its important to provide therapy to help support those impacted during this crucial and critical time. With the wonders of technology, am able to provide psychological support to client from the comfort and safety of each other home.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Over the years i learned a lot from client and one great thing I learned is that going to therapy does not mean you are weak or flawed. It take a lot of courage, determination and hard work to explore and move forward for client. In fact along the journey we learned to accept self even with some flaws, its ok and that is what make life worth living and we are unique and special in our own way.

I especially like to use the analogy of shattered vase which is part of Richard Tadeshi study on post trauma growth in which those individual who survived traumas and how they rebuild new identity and thrived. The broken, shattered pieces if glass etc is rebuild to something new, stronger and beautiful eg mosaic, etc. Though for some of of us might see yourself as broken vases in the process of healing and this can be liken to the art of rebuilding broken pieces by highlighting the broken pieces as broken pieces itself hold a lot of beautiful history and learning thru the art of Kintsugi, art of mending broken pieces using gold or silver epoxy which is quite similar to counselling journey ie mending or new way at how we see the broken self ie a beautiful self and our broken part highlighted and we wear it as affirmation of what we gone thru and how strong or how far we have grown. In fact, personally as a therapist I am amazed by some client who dive in and work at the roots of their issue, and work hard in their healing journey. If that is not courage, what could it be.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English
  • Malay-Indonesian
  • Mandarin

Groups I Work With

    Traumas, distressing memories from past childhood, infertility, grief, emotional overwhelm, stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, panic attack, PTSD etc

    Uncertainties and it impact on our wellbeing due to the pandemic (Covid 19).

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Doubt
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Sand Tray Therapy

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