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.
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 &
5.Adolescent Mental Health, by American Psychological Association
6. How Should a Psychologist Advise a Heterosexual Man Who Has Sexual Thoughts About Men? by American Psychological Association
7.Introductory Competencies for LGBTQ- Affirmative Counselling by
8.American Counselling Association
9.Choice therapy and Reality therapy certificate
10.Graduate Training in mental health by Dr.Kelli Saginak, Ed.D.,NCC & Dr.Thana Singarajah Ed.D.,LCPC.,NCC.
11.Advanced Workshop on Grief & Loss by Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.
12. Meaning-making in the Midst of Suffering by Dr. Mark Yang,Psy.
13.QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program by Lee Kok Han, QPR Institute
14. Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) by Maisie Soetantyo , RDI program consultant & RDI Approved trainer
15.Challenges and Key Success Factors in Running a Care Service for Adults with Autism (Mr Edward Marcus)
16.Compulsive or normal- a closer look at sexuality in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Challenges by Dr. Andrea Mayrhofer
17.International-Conference on Existential-Humanistic Psychology
18.Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment & Intervention by by Dr. Eric Gentry & Dr. Robert Rhoton
19.Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Intensive Training Course (CCTP) by IATP & PESI
20.Risk Management: Malpractice Cases and Claims Against Professional Counsellor, ACA
21.Establishing Personal and Professional Boundaries, ACA
22.Real-World Safety: Protecting Youth Online and Off ( Bullying), Child Safety Matters Prevention Education Programs
23.Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse, Child Safety Matters Prevention Education Programs
24.Trauma-informed Resilient School, Starr Commonwealth