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.

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 from South University and Masters of Art Therapy (MAAT), from Saint Mary of the Woods College in the United States. After completing 2 of residency with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Parham Doctors’ Hospital and in private practice, she received her credentials as a License Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Following her residency, she worked in Arizona with Native Americans, later with WellSpan Philhaven Hospital in the Emergency Room and most recently with Humana Health Insurance Corporation.

Further trainings include, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Developmental Approaches in Treating Addiction, Trauma Informed Care, Completion of Healing Touch Level 1, Completion of Stephen Ministry Training, and serving as a Stephen Minister in her local church, Red Cross Volunteer and registered as a Disaster Mental Health (DMH) Volunteer, Hospice Volunteer with Bon Secours Hospital, Patient Advocate for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), advocating for those in 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 Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Art Therapy. She also draws from inspiration from the resiliency and strength of her clients. She has worked with all ages, childhood to adult and LGBTQ clients, diagnosed with one or more than one (comorbid) condition, which may include Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorder, Personality Disorders, Eat Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Severe Mental Illness (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective), Trauma & Abuse, Alcohol/Substance Use, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder & Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD & ADD), Bipolar I & 2.

Jennifer Chan

Counsellor-in-training, (Internship from 6 August – 7 December 2018)

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.