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.