M. A. Counselling Psychology (Summa Cum Laude)- University of St. Thomas, MN, USA
B. A. Psychology- University of Calgary, AB, Canada
The concept of mental health being an essential requisite of our overall health has gained great momentum in the last few decades. In pursuit of a holistic concept of well-being we invariably need to address our psychological, emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties and needs. Despite our best efforts, we may come to face obstacles and conditions in life requiring a competent and empathic guide who is professionally trained to tackle your problems collaboratively with you. I have been a practising Psychologist since 2007 through a multitude of settings across clinical and educational platforms, including reknowned national and international hospitals and universities.
I have worked with a truly diverse mix of clientele in USA and Malaysia including US army veterans, international expatriates, and patients with psychiatric conditions. I regularly see clients with mood disorders (e.g. Depression, Bipolar I & II); anxiety disorders (e.g. Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias); life adjustment difficulties; grief, bereavement and loss; chemical and non-chemical addictions; gender identity disorders; schizophrenia and delusional disorders; as well as personality disorders. I also conduct various psychological screenings for mood disorders, as well as for dementia and progressive neurocognitive decline. My client cohorts range in age from young adults to the elderly.
I am trained in and practice a variety of psychotherapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy; Client-centred therapies (e.g. Humanistic and Rogerian Therapy); Behaviour Modification for Tourette’s Syndrome; Brief Therapies (e.g. Solution-focused Therapy); EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); and Integrative Psychotherapy. Experience has taught me that the tailoring of therapy modalities to clients as individuals is an important factor in the overall process of getting better. Therefore I will always remain cognizant and respectful of individual needs. I assess the progress of each client on a continuous basis throughout the therapy process and always remain flexible in my approach in order to maximize convenience and benefit to you as my client.
I am a Canadian expat from western Canada. I have lived in various cities around the world including Calgary, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Shanghai, and am currently residing and working in Kuala Lumpur for more than 7 years. I regularly teach, train, and supervise students and collaborate with other clinicians in psychological research and publication. I am a regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines, radio, and corporate panels. In my personal time, I like to immerse myself in discliplines across art, history, and various social sciences.