My Approach to Helping
Are you unsatisfied with one or more areas of you life? I partner with my clients to empower them to make the changes necessary to bring their realities in line with the lives they truly want. In this way, I collaborate with each individual, couple, and family with whom I work to craft their own individualized success plans. To accomplish this, I draw upon years of experience, as well as a very strong foundation of training in a range of techniques and strategies. Perhaps equally important are the personal qualities that I bring, which include intelligence, genuineness, compassion, and a commitment to the highest standards.
I offer a range of types of therapies, often combining several, depending on the particular needs of each client. These include short term interventions designed to provide quick symptom relief and behavioral change, as well as longer-term approaches that aim at helping to extend such gains into lasting life changes.
Entrusting another person to help with your most sensitive issues isn't easy. Please know that I will honor the therapeutic relationship with the level of care, concern, and commitment you deserve. I will always act in your best interest, helping you to overcome those things that are holding you back.
More Info About My Practice
People are often curious how I ended up in Singapore. The path that has brought me here reveals some important things, so I want to share a bit about that. One piece of relevant background information is that, in addition to being a Psychologist, I have practiced and taught meditation and Buddhist Psychology for the past 12 years. The integration of meditation, mindfulness, and other core Buddhist teachings with psychotherapy have helped me to be an even more effective therapist. So too, has being a therapist provided a venue for me to actualize important values that I have, especially related to the vows I have taken to dedicate myself to helping liberate others from suffering. It is this spiritual path that has brought me here to serve Westerns living abroad in Singapore.
I came to Singapore by way of Thailand. In addition to initially immersing myself in Tibetan Buddhism and a related tradition called Dzogchen, I spent 5 years studying with Thai Buddhist Monks at a Monastery in Escondido, CA. It was this exposure to those Monks that helped me to make the decision to close my successful psychology private practice in Orange County, CA and move to Thailand with the goal of deepening my spiritual practice and serve Villagers without any expectation of payment. I actually considered becoming a Monk. However, through deep contemplation and consultation with trusted Teachers, I came to realize that the best way for me to help liberate others from suffering was through the career I know best - being a Psychologist. So, after a year of sabbatical in Thailand, I decided to explore possible career opportunities in Asia for someone with my skill set. Interestingly, it wasn't long before I came to realize that there is a shortage of well-qualified Psychologists in Singapore to care for a sophisticated group of Westerners working abroad (i.e. Expats). I was fortunate to quickly become employed at one of the oldest and most recognized counselling centers in Singapore, which allowed me to become established here, and only quite recently did I decide to move on to join Psynaptica, which is the Psychology service within the multi-specialty holistic wellness center called Body With Soul. This is where I now practice, along with colleagues of various disciplines, including Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and other Psychologists. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do my work among such an integrated group of helpers who empower positive change on multiple dimensions. So.....that is how I came to be an American Buddhist Psychologist practicing in Singapore.