My Approach to Helping
Hi, I am Jun Kiat, a registered counselor and counseling psychologist.
I have 15 years of experience working with kids, teen and working adults. It has always been my passion to help and to counsel.
I strongly believe in counseling as a way to help with one's well-being. As a trauma survivor and domestic violence survivor myself, I believe in advocating for kids’ and teens’ voices. Being a client for years, the experience has helped me to relate better with my clients in order to accompany them along the journey of healing or the journey of self-discovery.
I believe in holistic well-being. Work, life, mental health, food, shelter, art, music, coping skills, friends, family, etc are part of life and they can impact our lives in different ways. I am endeavored to help clients to find the balance, meet my clients at where they are and help them to walk the journey together. In the session, My goal as a counselor is to create a safe, nonjudgemental and kind atmosphere, in order to build a trusting relationship with my client. I apply a collaborative approach and work together with my client throughout the journey of counseling, self-discovery, and healing.
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds." Carl R. Rogers
“In my early professional years, I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
― Carl R. Rogers
I believe in a client-centered approach as a way to better serve my clients to help them to reach one's potential. Hence, I resonate strongly with this quote.
More Info About My Practice
In-Training: Trauma therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, Art Therapy
Areas that I am trained in :
Trauma, depression, anxiety, anxious, grief, self-harm, suicide, academic, work-related issue, teenager related issue, LGBTQ, sex education & abuse
Ph.D. candidate in Education Psychology (UM)
MS. COUN., K.B., P.A.(HELP)
1.Register Counsellor of Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia (KB08811PA08415)
2.Member of Malaysia Psychological Association (PSIMA) (2170000298)
3.Member of International Counselling Association of Malaysia (PERKAMA INTERNATIONAL) (ASH 00887)
4.New Professional of American Counselling Association ( ID # 6549238)
5.Member of American Psychological Association (APA) -00977701
6.Member of IATP (International Association of Trauma Professional) #292-2916 & Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
7.Member, American School Counselor Association(#637462)
8.Member, International Society For The Prevention Of Child Abuse & Neglect (#PCR9218 )
9. Member, Association of Child Protection Professional
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a process of healing, building rapport, discover, rediscovery, reflection, process, thinking, learning, accompaniment, unlearning, and growing.
It is like going to the gym, except that, this is our mind doing the work-out.
"When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me?"
Carl R. Rogers
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to accompany you, guide, and walk the journey with you together as a counselor. It is essential for me to provide unconditional regard, non-judgemental, and safe space for my client. I will meet you at where you are, follow your pace to progress in the session.
A counseling space that is:
(1) Non- judgemental
(3) meet you where you can be who you are
(4) you feel safe and comfortable
We will work together as a team to walk the journey of discovery and healing.
My Therapy Focus
Trauma & Grief
1. Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence by University of Sheffield
2. The 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief, and Loss by Dr. Eric Gentry & Dr. Robert Rhoton
3. Master Clinician Series: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study by Dr. Vincent Felitti
4. Unseen Wounds: Contribution of Psychological Maltreatment to Child &
1. Advanced Workshop on Grief & Loss by Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.
2. Meaning-making in the Midst of Suffering by Dr. Mark Yang,Psy.
3. QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program by Lee Kok Han, QPR Institute
4. Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment & Intervention by by Dr. Eric Gentry & Dr. Robert Rhoton
5. Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Intensive Training Course (CCTP) by IATP & PESI
6. Real World Safety: Protecting Youth Online and Off ( Bullying), Child Safety Matters Prevention Education Programs
7. Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse, Child Safety Matters Prevention Education Programs
8. Trauma-informed Resilient School, Starr Commonwealth
9. Psychological First Aids, John Hopkins University
10. Ethical Issues Related to the Practice of Online Clinical Supervision, ACA
11. Expanding Perspectives: Systemic Approaches to College Students Experiencing Depression, ACA
12. A Constructive Approach to Help Counselors Work With Clients Who Express Discriminatory, ACA
13. Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse ,NCTSN
14. Educator Sexual Misconduct in Schools: Guidelines for Staff, Volunteers, and Community Partners ,NCTSN
15. Real Life Heroes: Rebuilding Attachments for Children with Complex Trauma, NCTSN
16. SPARCS: Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress: A Guide for Trauma-Focused Groups, NCTSN
17. Secondary Traumatic Stress in Professionals Treating Child Sexual Abuse,NCTSN
18. CBT for Anxiety with John Ludgate Ph.D.
19. Schools and Grief: Helping Students Cope with Death, ACA
20. Grounding Techniques in Tele-Therapy by Jessica Horder, MS, LMHC
21. Applying Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments for Childhood Traumatic Separation, NCTSN
22. COVID-19 and Telebehavioral Health: Ethical Considerations During a Public Health Emergency,ACA
23. Trauma Therapy Innovations: Intensive Trauma-Focused Therapy & The Flash Technique, Ricky Greenwald, Psy.D.
24.The Grip of Grief: Processing The Continual Losses of the Pandemic, Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW
1. Responding to LGBTQ Youth after Sexual Abuse, NCTSN
2. How Should a Psychologist Advise a Heterosexual Man Who Has Sexual Thoughts About Men? by American Psychological Association
3. Introductory Competencies for LGBTQ- Affirmative Counselling by American Counselling Association
4.Developing Competence in Working With LBGTQI+ Communities: Awareness, Knowledge, Skills, and Action ,ACA
1. .Adolescent Mental Health, by American Psychological Association
2. .Choice therapy and Reality therapy certificate
3. Graduate Training in mental health by Dr.Kelli Saginak, Ed.D.,NCC & Dr.Thana Singarajah Ed.D.,LCPC.,NCC.
4. Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) by Maisie Soetantyo , RDI program consultant & RDI Approved trainer
5. Challenges and Key Success Factors in Running a Care Service for Adults with Autism (Mr Edward Marcus)
6. Compulsive or normal- a closer look at sexuality in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Challenges by Dr. Andrea Mayrhofer
7. International-Conference on Existential-Humanistic Psychology
8. Risk Management: Malpractice Cases and Claims Against Professional Counsellor, ACA
9. Establishing Personal and Professional Boundaries, ACA
10. Expanding Perspectives: Systemic Approaches to College Students Experiencing Depression, ACA
11. Spirit, ACA
12. A Constructive Approach to Help Counselors Work With Clients Who Express Discriminatory,ACA
13. Counselor Self-Care, ACA
14. Creative Counseling for Couples: Using the Integrative Model, ACA
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My struggle as a human and counselor.
I am a human first, then only I am a counselor. I have been in therapy sessions in the past years on and off as my journey of healing. I have grown and learned to become a better human being and a counselor. Yes, there will be times that I struggle, where I experience low or triggered by a series of events. These experiences help me to relate to my client. They provide a lens for me to understand my client in order to build a good rapport with my client.
I believe my struggles as a human being makes me a better counselor, as the saying on, being human is a process of being, same goes to being a counselor, it is a process of being.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Therapy is a process of discovery, reflection, and healing.
It does not mean that I am weak or flawed if I am attending therapy.
In fact, if anything, therapy means empowerment, brave, and resilience.
You are seeking ways to grow, reflect, and process in order to become a better person.
In the 11 years of therapy, I have learned about coping strategies, ways to reflect and becoming a better person.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Label ("disorder") helps us to understand the syndrome. I see my client as more than what the label is.
The client may struggle and have many syndromes.
The client may struggle with regulating themselves.
The client may find it difficult to accept that he or she is seeing a therapist.
The client may find it difficult to entertain the thought of taking a pill.
But, they are more than that. They are human first before they are associated with any of the disorders.
So, managing the disorder or syndrome is just a means to help the client to regulate and stabilize themselves.
The "disorder" is just one of the lenses for a counsellor to understand or interpret the clusters of symptoms and behaviors.
For me, as a counselor, I am more curious to know, what happened to you?