Meet Our Therapists

Goh Zhengqin

Head of Counselling, Clinical Psychologist
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Zhengqin is the Head of Counselling at Yale-NUS College. He holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree from Singapore and is certified in practicing Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by the EMDR Institute, USA. He has been trained as a National Care Officer and was formerly a Human Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) team lead under SGSecure. His work and training has involved working with adults and youth in public and private health sectors, as well as forensic settings.

Zhengqin’s approach is primarily informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which he uses effectively in the assessment and treatment of client’s mental health concerns. In addition, he uses a wide range of techniques from other therapy models including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, Positive Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. He has worked with individuals on stress and anger management, depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, trauma (e.g., accidents, natural disasters, assault, rape or sexual/physical/emotional abuse), grief and loss, and relationship difficulties. His has also worked with individuals diagnosed with personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders, psychotic illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia), and paraphilias. He can provide psychological assessments for adults as well.

He applies a collaborative approach to tailor therapy to the personalities and needs of his clients. His overarching goal is to help clients become the most connected version of themselves (connected with their values, identity and relationships), feel empowered to face life’s challenges and enjoy life, and experience psychological wholeness and wellness.

Joanna Tan

Clinical Psychologist

Joanna is a Clinical Psychologist at Yale-NUS College. She was awarded her Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree from Australia. She has been trained as a National CARE (Caring Action in Response to Emergencies) officer and was previously a member of the Human Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) as part of SGSecure. Joanna has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with complex and chronic psychological or psychiatric disorders across the public and private health settings in Singapore. She is also trained in conducting psychological assessments for both children and adults in non-forensic and forensic settings.
Joanna adopts an eclectic framework of evidence-based modalities to address her clients’ needs. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and psychodynamic approaches. She is experienced in providing therapy to individuals with a broad spectrum of difficulties, including mood, anxiety, adjustment, anger, stress-related, interpersonal relationships, grief, and loss. She has also worked with a diverse range of clients with presentations such as personality disorders, psychosis, autism spectrum disorder, and selective mutism.

Joanna’s clinical approach considers the individual’s presenting difficulties as unique and strives to create a safe space for her clients. She takes on a non-judgmental, empathic stance in understanding her clients and providing them with individualized treatment plans that tailor to their needs. Joanna hopes to guide her clients in their journey of exploring and working through past wounds by finding meaning, healing; and be in search of better versions of themselves as they go forth to lead fulfilling lives.

Claudia Ahl

Clinical Psychologist
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Claudia is a Clinical Psychologist at Yale-NUS. She earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in Australia and is a member of the Singapore Psychological Society. As well as extensive experience working with adults, Claudia has expertise in child, adolescent and family psychology in the private and public health sectors in Singapore and in Australia.

Claudia has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She uses a range of techniques and therapies with demonstrated effectiveness to assess, diagnose and treat her client’s mental health concerns. These include Maudsley Family Based Therapy, Parent Management Training, Psychodynamic Play Therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness interventions.

Claudia enjoys working with a wide range of clients, presenting with diverse and complex issues. Her special therapy interests include depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and personality disorders. Through a collaborative and empathic approach with her clients, Claudia helps them connect with their deeper values, equip them with an increased sense of empowerment, self compassion and an improved quality of health and well-being.

Kathleen Seow

Licensed Professional Counsellor & Registered Art Therapist
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Kathleen received her Masters of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South University and a Masters of Art Therapy (MAAT) from Saint Mary of the Woods College in the US. After completion of a residency at HCA Parham Doctors’ Hospital and in private practice, she received her credentials as a License Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Her resume includes working in hospitals, educational institutes, private practice, a community service board, and insurance company settings.

Further trainings include, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Developmental Approaches in Treating Addiction, Stephen Ministry Training, Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer (DMH), hospice volunteer with Bon Secours Hospital, Patient Advocate for the YWCA advocating for those affected by a sexual assault or a domestic violence situations.

Kathleen’s approach is client-centered, holistic, interactive, strength based, drawing from her skills as a clinician & art therapist with creative interventions such as Solution-focused brief therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  Dialetical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Art Therapy. She also draws from inspiration from the resiliency and strength of her clients. She has worked with clients who have struggled with anxiety, depressive disorders, bipolar I & II, personality disorders, eating issues, autism spectrum disorders, severe mental illness, trauma & abuse, alcohol/substance use and ADD.

Jennifer Chan

Counsellor-in-training, (Internship from 6 August – 31 January 2019)

Jennifer is currently enrolled as a student with Monash University and is attached to the Yale-NUS Counselling Centre for her placement. As she works to complete her Master of Counselling degree, she will see clients under the supervision of Ms Kathleen Seow.

Prior to starting her Masters, Jennifer was living abroad for 20 years in Hong Kong and Beijing where she developed a deep understanding of issues around adolescent anxiety and loneliness, third culture kids, expatriate job and relationship stress, and marital discord. She volunteered as a lay counsellor with an international church in Beijing between 2010 to 2017, and is fluent in Putonghua.

In her first career, she consulted a wide range of clients in legal, financial and strategic corporate matters over a career spanning more than 20 years. She loves being outdoors and will try most new adventures at least once.

Khairiyah Binte Kassim

Clinical Psychologist-in-training, (Internship from 13 August – 7 December 2018)

Khairiyah is currently a Clinical Psychologist in Training at James Cook University on a postgraduate scholarship. Prior to her postgraduate studies, she spent eight years as a Psychologist in the public sector. Through her work, she has experience working with young adults and individuals with mental health issues (e.g., depression, trauma), personality difficulties (e.g., antisocial personality), relationship issues (e.g., victims of domestic violence), and self-esteem concerns. She has also worked with individuals and groups whose issues pertain to general aggressive behaviours, domestic violence, and sex offending. Khairiyah is trained in suicide intervention as well as individual and group Critical Incident Stress Management.

A believer of a person-centered approach, Khairiyah combines an integrative approach using narrative, motivational interviewing, Ericksonian, and psychodynamic approaches in her previous work. Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy, she is passionate about helping individuals who struggle with mental health issues and personality difficulties.

Khairiyah works collaboratively with her clients to discover and rediscover their personal strengths, as well as drawing positive meanings from the difficulties they face. She embraces diversity and values individual differences in her practice.

She finds inspiration from her travels.

Dr Clarice Hong Pei Hsia

MB BCh (Ireland), M Med (Psych), Dip (Psychotherapy), FAMS
(Every Tuesday afternoon from 4 Sept – 4 Dec 2018, by therapist referral only, currently for AY2018/19 Term 1)

Dr Clarice Hong is a Psychiatrist. Dr Hong graduated with MB BCh from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and obtained her Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) from the National University of Singapore. She also holds a Diploma in Psychotherapy.
Dr Hong was formerly attached to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National University Hospital, with a special interest in preventive psychiatry. She recently authored a book entitled “Teaching Children Discipline and Responsibility”. Her international publications deal with adolescent suicide attempts in Singapore.
She pursues non-pharmacotherapy options whenever possible and appropriate, and is well versed with psychodynamic cognitive and hypnotherapy.