FAITH FOO B.A.S.S (Coun). M. Counseling

Director Registered & Licensed Counsellor EMDR therapist

FAITH FOO
Director
Registered & Licensed Counsellor
EMDR therapist

EDUCATION
B.A.S.S (Coun). (Australia College of Applied Psychology)
M. Counseling (Help University, Malaysia)

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Everyone struggles with life and feels “down” from time to time, regardless of age, gender, or circumstances. Personally, I have gone through down times as well, and I believe that it is possible to overcome and even learn from these struggles to live with greater freedom, purpose and joy.

Embarking on a journey in counselling is not always easy, but I believe and have witnessed the difference it can make. One of the aspects of my work that I enjoy is being able to celebrate successes as you progress toward your goals.
As a counsellor, my role is to support, inspire, challenge and motivate my clients in a safe and confidential environment.

Although asking for help can be a difficult thing to do, I aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment where you can take that leap. I work collaboratively with clients—where you get to decide how much of your story you are comfortable sharing with me. I help you get “unstuck” from potentially destructive or harmful patterns at your pace, trusting that as you become more attuned to your inner world, you will learn to reflect on thoughts, opinions, feelings and beliefs that will naturally help you move towards healing.

My work frequently leads me to clients with issues related to major life events (eg. divorce, break-ups, financial crises, health issues, quarter or mid-life crises), post-traumatic stress (PTSD), traumas, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, work-related stress, anger, blended family issues, grief and loss, and lack of self-esteem. I have been privileged to work with a variety of clients ranging from young adults to the elderly, from diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds, including locals and expatriates. On the corporate side, I have over twenty years of work experience in organisational administration, marketing, and Employee Assistance Programme management. I provide talks to employees on topics related to managing stress and mental wellbeing.

When working with clients one-on-one, I use an integrative client-based approach. I am a registered and licensed professional counsellor with the Malaysia Board of Counsellors, an EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - an empirically-supported treatment for traum). and I am trained in EFCT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), Through continuous supervision and keeping up with the latest research, I ensure that I provide my best service to clients while adhering to ethical standards of therapy.

“Everyone is destined to experience not only the exhilaration of life, but also it inevitable darkness: disillusionment, aging, illness, loss, meaninglessness, painful choices, and death…We are all in this together and there is no person immune to the inherent tragedies of existence.” (Irvin Yalom, 2002)


CATHIE WU M.A. Counseling

Director Counseling Psychologist
CATHIE WU
Director
Counseling Psychologist
EDUCATION M.A. Counseling Psychology (University of St. Thomas, MN, USA)

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Mental health is an essential requisite of our overall health, and in pursuit of a holistic concept of well-being we invariably need to address our psychological, emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties and needs.  I firmly believe that striving for better mental health is both an individual and a collaborative process; to be achieved with introspection, discovery, and change with a competent and empathic professional.  I have been dedicated to the practice of assessing, diagnosing, treating, and empowering my clients since 2007 through various settings including large-scale national and international hospital and universities.

I have worked with a truly diverse mix of clientele in USA and Malaysia including US army veterans, clients with psychiatric and personality diagnoses, clients with acute and long term adjustment difficulties, cancer survivers, acute and chronic disease patients, and geriatric adults.  My work regularly involves clients with mood disorders (e.g. Depression, Bipolar I & II); anxiety disorders (e.g. Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias); grief, bereavement and loss; substance abuse; sexual and gender identity disorders; schizophrenia and delusional disorders; somatoform disorders; tic disorders; and personality disorders.  I also conduct various psychological and basic neuropsychological assessments ranging from depression and anxiety, career interest, to personality, as well as 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; Logotherapy; Client-centred therapies (e.g. Rogerian and Gestalt Therapy); Behaviour Modification; Brief Therapies (e.g. Solution-focused and Brief Psychodynamic Therapy); Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); and Integrative Psychotherapy.  As each client is a unique individual differing in life experience, so must difficulties be unique in each’s own reality.  I am cognizant and respectful of the importance of individuation and tailoring of therapy to my clients.  It remains a very important part of the treatment process in order to develop and promote better and faster results.  I assess the progress of each client on a continuous basis throughout therapy and will advocate and seek the right referrals for you should needs arise.

Your initial consultation will involve a guided history taking to facilitate better understanding of your relevant personal history and current difficulties. You will be offered recommendations and feedback, including therapy goals, session arrangement, estimated duration, and other questions you may have as a client should you choose to continue regular therapy work with me.  I will remain flexible in my approach in order to maximize convenience and benefit to you as my client.  This includes a staggered discount for on-going cumulative therapy sessions as well as for physician referrals.

I am a Canadian expatriate from western Canada.  I have lived in various cities around the world including Shanghai, Calgary, Minneapolis-St.Paul, and am currently residing and working in Kuala Lumpur for more than 4 years.  Through my personal experience in the often itinerant lifestyle of an expat, I understand the complex “rollercoaster” of psychological, emotional, and physical difficulties and alienation that expats and their families frequently experience.  Through years of work with clients of different nationalities including a large varied client base from the Malaysian population, I continue to learn culture-specific needs and competency.  I regularly teach, train, and supervise students and collaborate with other clinicians in psychological and neuropsychological research and publication.  In my personal time, I like to immerse myself in various discliplines of health and social science, often including Health Psychology, Sociology, History, and Religious Studies.

LANGUAGES English, Mandarin, Shanghainese.

SUDHA KUDVA M.A. Counseling, Director

Registered & Licensed Counsellor Certified Play Therapist & Accredited Clinical Supervisor
SUDHA KUDVA
Registered & Licensed Counsellor (Malaysia, KB-01672, PA-01245)
Certified Play Therapist & Accredited Clinical Supervisor for Play and Creative Art Therapies (Play Therapy International)
EDUCATION Masters in Counselling (University of Malaya)
Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (PTI)
M.Sc. Biochemistry (University of Malaya, second M.Sc.)
M.Sc. Biochemistry (University of Madras, first M.Sc.)

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS/TRAINING
1- Author of book “Childhood Matters: How We Interact With Kids Makes A Big Difference.” (Hardcopies available at: Kinokuniya, MPH, Borders, Times. E-book available at: Amazon)
2- Creator and facilitator of “Mirroring” workshop, accredited by Play Therapy International for 12 CPD points (for those who qualify).
3- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (Basic Externship & Core Skills)
4- Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parts I & II
5- Diploma in Regression Therapy

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT
It has been my privilege to work with people of a whole range of ages, from the 3-year old child to the 69-year old adult. This vast experience allows me, at Rekindle, to journey with individuals, couples, and families through complex and unique relationship dynamics. Some of these include issues stemming from childhood wounds (implicit or explicit), infidelity, and expatriation stress, to name a few. In particular, I have come to understand that our childhood has a major developmental impact on our lives as adults — our young brains were shaped and moulded through our interactions with adults. The tricky part is that our childhood experiences shaped us through one-tiny-mundane-interaction-at-a-time, instead of in discrete major incidents. Hence, we may not grasp in-depth how these early childhood events coloured or contributed to the “making of” us — who we are today — and how they continue to impact us as adults now, even in shaping our interactions with others.

So with well-meant intentions, we as parents may send out unintended distorted messages to our children, resulting in the “not okay” (so called, “bad”) behaviours we see exhibited in them. Children’s brains are very different from adults’ brains. When we understand this — and learn to interact more healthily with children — they become more secure on the inside. With a greater sense of security, children begin to manifest behaviours that tell us that they have skills of self-reflection, can grow in self-confidence, and have an ability to live responsibly in this world. Then, we can breathe better! It has been so wonderful for me to see behavioural symptoms such as bed-wetting, soiling underpants in the daytime, and other so-called “not okay” behaviours dissipate as children’s brains sense acceptance by adults!


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