Padma Jairam

Counselling Psychologist; Individual, Couples, and Family Therapist

Padma Jairam

Counselling Psychologist; Individual, Couples, and Family Therapist

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychologist
License Status: I'm a certified professional.


Singapore, Singapore 048619 - Singapore

My Approach to Helping

I believe we all need help at some point in our lives, and I would like to spend my life supporting those in their dark moments. I am grateful for having had the chance to be a helping professional in one way or another so far, and I look forward to the rest of my life spent in service to humanity. I am immensely grateful for the life experiences that have made me the helping professional I am today.

I have a diverse professional background, with qualifications in the legal, educational, and psychological fields. After qualifying to practice law in Singapore, I pursued a teaching career with the Ministry of Education (MOE) that spanned almost a decade. I have taught students of all ages and all educational streams in Singapore, including students in the Normal (Technical) and Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Before I left MOE to pursue my graduate degree in Canada, I was the Head of English at a junior college. My passion for psychology was sparked by my desire to help my students find peace and fulfillment within themselves. This same desire continues in my work as a psychotherapist and in my approach to therapy.

My own journey for peace and fulfillment led me to three life-changing years in Vancouver, Canada, where I worked with forensic patients at the Coquitlam Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, war refugees, survival sex workers, and clients from the rich cultural tapestry of Vancouver. I have always believed in helping those who are marginalized. Hence, when I returned to Singapore, I began my career in psychology as a prison psychologist. I then worked at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), where I continued to help the prison population as well as forensic inpatients and people from all walks of life. As a Senior Psychologist at IMH, I developed a Pre-Release Programme for inmates with mental illness, facilitated several support groups at IMH for the inpatients as well as inmates at prison, and conducted various risk assessments in addition to providing tailor-made individual therapy sessions for all my clients.

As I mentioned earlier, I strongly believe that every person deserves help. To me, therapy is a collaborative journey where I walk beside my clients, guiding them in making optimal choices in their lives and providing support when they face their darkest moments. I am well-versed in trauma work, having been trained in using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), and I have attended training by Dr. Marsha Linehan in Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

I am also an award-winning educator at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), where I have taught undergraduates for almost eight years and currently teach modules I developed for the Psychology programme. Previously, I was a lecturer and clinical supervisor for students in the Counselling undergraduate programme, for which I also developed several modules.

Among my passions, I love learning new languages. I credit my multicultural competency to my extensive travel spanning every continent and to having the priceless opportunity to learn from the many people I have met in my global adventures.

Besides English, I speak Malay, Tamil, and Bahasa Indonesia. I can also carry simple conversations in Mandarin, and I have a basic understanding of Hindi. I continue to hone my Basic Spanish and Italian skills and am considering Farsi as my next linguistic challenge.

More Info About My Practice

Among my skills, I am trained to provide psychological first aid in times of crisis, whatever the magnitude. I was blessed to have participated in several nationwide training exercises and participate in national-level events which called for psychological first aid.

I have also had previous experiences working with war refugees who experience severe trauma, survival sex workers, and those who were severely sexually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically abused.

I consider it an honour to have worked with these survivors, who were generous enough to trust me with their hopes and fears. There is much I learned while working with these wonderful people.

If you ever felt that your problem was "too minor compared to someone else's," I hope you know that there is no comparison. We all have problems, and what matters to me as a therapist is that the problem bothers you. What matters to me is that for you, whatever it is that is troubling you needs to be managed so that you can get back to living your life to the fullest.

We all need different things at different times. Sometimes it is a structured solution; other times, it can be a simple hug or a listening ear. Sometimes, you may need someone to be a sounding board to ask you helpful questions and guide you in the right direction. Other times, you may need someone to walk quietly beside you while letting you know that they have your back.

I strongly believe that every single person is different and that there is no one size fits all answer to someone's problems. No matter how bleak things look at this point in your life, this too shall pass. I believe that wholeheartedly and share that hope with my clients as well.

Whatever your story is, I am here to listen.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Malay-Indonesian

Groups I Work With

    adults, teens, forensic population, trauma, abuse, LGBTQ, gender identity, couples, family, offending behaviours, sex workers, sexual concerns

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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