Child Therapist & Counsellor
M.Couns., Pgdip Couns., Pgdip Psych., BA Psych & H.
Yuyun obtained her BA in Psychology and Humanities from Monash University in Melbourne Australia, and her Masters in Counselling from Murdoch University in Perth Australia. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Counselling, and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology from Murdoch University in Perth in Australia. She is a registered clinical member with the National Peak Board for Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Australia (PACFA), and with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors in Singapore (APACS).
Yuyun has over 11 years of clinical experience working with children, teenagers, adolescents, adults and families, in specialised areas of mental health, such as depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, trauma, grief, domestic violence, family struggles, relationships separation, and addictions, in both Australia and Singapore. She deeply cares about her clients and has worked extensively in voluntary welfare organisations and in hospitals (eg. IMH - the Institute of Mental Health; KKH - Women’s & Children’s Hospital) in Singapore, as well as in non-profit organisations in Perth Australia.
Yuyun is professionally trained in a number of psychological approaches, including person-centred therapy, child-centred play/creative therapy, attachment focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, dyadic developmental psychotherapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and acceptance commitment therapy. Yuyun draws on evidence-based principles and conducts effective assessments to identify the challenges. She then implements the most effective approaches that are evidenced to help with these challenges. Her aim is to support her clients to develop resilience, achieve their therapy goals, and overall support their wholistic wellbeing.
Yuyun is passionate about working with children and youths, especially in supporting them in finding a voice in their world and in assisting them to develop healthy coping techniques to manage the challenges in their lives. She achieves that by gently meeting the child where he/she is at and in developing a good therapeutic relationship that fosters change.
Yuyun sees clients from as young as 5 years old who present with varied issues including stress, anxiety-related issues (e.g. separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive issues), neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. ADHD, Aspergers, ASD), behavioural issues (e.g. conduct disorder, nightmares, sleeplessness, cyber gaming), anger management, abuse, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, parental separation (divorce), and addiction (substance, gambling). In parallel, Yuyun works with the parents (ie. to support and promote positive changes in children), by guiding and assisting the family adults to contribute with joint family effort to drive positive change. Having worked in two countries and with both local and international clients, Yuyun appreciates cultural diversity and also how the process of acculturation may impact on the social and psychological wellbeing. She has further supported clients who went through cultural bereavement.
As a strong child advocate, Yuyun utilises child-inclusive practice in her work and has spoken at national conferences in Australia in applying a collaborative and integrative approach in supporting children’s voices and their resilience. She has also presented in talks relating to addiction and trauma in Singapore.
Yuyun is very passionate about helping her clients and continues to follow her passion and meaningful work in supporting her clients. She continues to partake in professional development, and keeps herself updated with research to inform and improve her practice. She further undertakes regular clinical supervision to refine and advance her expertise.