CLINICIANS’ CREDENTIALS

Dr Thomas Lee

Dr Thomas Lee is the medical director and consultant psychiatrist at The Resilienz Clinic.

 

An experienced addiction specialist in addictive disorders including alcohol, drug, gambling and sex addictions, Dr Lee uses a combination of medications and therapy in a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to the needs of each individual to achieve the best treatment outcome.

 

Besides addiction psychiatry, he has extensive clinical experience in treating various psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, and psychosis. He is also experienced in providing the expert psychiatric opinion for forensic and medico-legal cases.

 

Dr Lee received his basic medical degree and Master of Medicine in Psychiatry from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a Master of Forensic Mental Health from University of New South Wales. Dr Lee is a certified substance abuse and gambling addiction counselor, and a certified clinical supervisor in addiction counselling.

 

He was a former head of the Addiction Medicine Department at the Institute of Mental Health. Dr Lee previously served as a visiting consultant at Changi General Hospital. He is an executive committee member of the Association of Professionals Specialising in Addiction Counselling.

 

In 2007, he was awarded a Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship by the Ministry of Health for training in gambling addiction treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles. He helped to develop the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Prescribing of Benzodiazepines in 2008. In 2011, he led the development of the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Management of Gambling Disorders.

 

Over the years, he has taught medical undergraduates, psychiatry residents, and primary care doctors. He has also given talks and training to the public and healthcare professionals on topics like addictions, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety and crisis management.

 

Dr Thomas Lee believes that every person has the capacity and the resilience to bounce back from psychological adversities. He and the team at Resilienz endeavour to help people enhance their resiliency to Rebound, Recover and Rebuild through treatment, learning and training.

Dr Tang Hui Kheng

Dr Tang Hui Kheng is a consultant psychiatrist who obtained her basic medical degree (M.B.B.S.) and a postgraduate degree of Master in Medicine (M.Med Psych) from the National University of Singapore.

 

She has interest in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in youths, adults and the elderly. She also has experience in the treatment of trauma-related psychological disorders. She was the director of the psycho-traumatology program in Changi General Hospital from 2009 to 2012.

 

Being actively involved in community services since her youth, she has gone on several medical missions as well as provide training for relief workers and local volunteers in regional disasters. She was also the recipient of the Health Care Humanity Award in 2005.

 

She is a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor and has helped to develop the first edition of MHFA(S) manual. She is currently a member of the MHFA(S) executive committee.

Dr Jessie Chua

Dr Jessie Chua is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Resilienz Clinic. She received her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from USA.

 

Kindness, compassion, and authenticity guide the way Jessie approaches the people around her and her clinical work. In the therapy room, Jessie focuses on learning your life stories in order to have a deeper understanding of your worldviews. Using a combination of Psychodynamic theories, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, and Mindfulness-based practices, Jessie works at your pace towards personal development and/or symptom reduction.

 

Jessie is a ‘Licensed Psychologist’ in the state of California, USA and is a full member with the Singapore Psychological Society. Having trained and worked extensively in the U.S, Jessie’s clinical experience were derived from working in schools, outpatient clinics, assisted living facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. Jessie has experience working with individuals and families from varying backgrounds across the lifespan. Given her personal experience, Jessie is also particularly interested in issues related to Expatriation and Re-Expatriation.

 

Jessie also has strong research interest related to understanding the cultural factors that affect help-seeking behaviors among Asian clients (e.g., mental illness stigma, lack of mental health knowledge).

 

Over the years, Jessie has been invited as a guest speaker by the Singapore Management University to generate interest in the field of clinical psychology and also to address mental health-related questions.

 

In her leisure time, Jessie enjoys the company of her 3 adorable rabbits and also, spending outdoors time with her nephew and niece. When she has the opportunity to travel, Jessie appreciates food from different cultures, scuba diving, and museum hopping.

Jessie is fluent in English, Mandarin and Hokkien.

Ms Jeanie Chu

Ms Jeanie Chu is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Resilienz Clinic. She obtained her Joint Master of Clinical Psychology Degree from the National University of Singapore and University of Melbourne.

Previously, Jeanie was a psychologist in the Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services with the Ministry of Social and Family Development. In her prior role, she provided psychological assessments and individual/group psychotherapy to children and families with emotional and behavioural problems arising from trauma and abuse. She also has training and experience in forensic assessments with juveniles. In addition to clinical work, she was a key member of the project team within the Ministry that pioneered the development and oversaw the implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment tool within the child welfare system. Given her broad expertise, Jeanie has collaborated and also provided numerous consultations to other mental health professionals in Singapore.

 

Jeanie has extensive experience working with individuals in hospital settings where she conducted psychological assessments and therapy for children, adults and elderly who suffered from a variety of medical conditions with psychological and/or cognitive issues. Her past clientele in the hospital settings include individuals who suffered from anxiety (general, health-related, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, and specific phobia etc.), depression, eating disorder, self-harm, schizophrenia, interpersonal issues, behavioural issues (e.g., anger and violence), developmental issues and learning difficulties (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia).

Having played various roles in diverse settings, Jeanie is competent in working with her clients
individually and facilitating joint sessions (e.g., with couples, parent-child, and families). She is also fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien. Her sessions can be conducted in any of these languages.

 

Jeanie adopts an eclectic approach to interventions based on the each individual’s needs. She utilises a range of evidence-based techniques in her approach to intervention including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Structural Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

 

Jeanie believes in engaging her clients at their own comfort level and pace and conducting sessions in a safe therapeutic environment. She also hopes to empower her clients by leveraging their abilities, maximising their potential to build resilience as well as to work collaboratively with them to enhance their emotional awareness and improve their overall mental well-being.

 

Her vast experience in different roles allows her to identify critical issues and customize her approach to the needs of her clients.

Mr Conrad Mark Lim

Mr Conrad Mark Lim is a Psychotherapist with the Resilienz Clinic. He had received his postgraduate Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling), and Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling) from the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

 

Prior experience from counseling in nursing homes, a local secondary school, and with young adults have facilitated his exposure to therapeutic work with people of all ages and walks of life. During this time, he had worked with cases of anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, and behavioural issues that suggest delinquency.

 

Equipped with counseling and psychotherapeutic theories, he works with each individual differently and with versatility. Appreciating that there are no one-size-fits when it comes to therapy, sessions are tailored to the client utilizing modalities and techniques of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Rational-Emotive, Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Redecision Therapy, Solution-focused brief therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. With these, he aims to help his clients to achieve clarity and refine understanding of themselves; with emphasis on their strengths and psychoeducation of the means of effecting the desired change.

 

Mr. Conrad is passionate about the human ability to overcome myriad forms of adversity and the means to unlocking this potential. Having the privilege of working with each client, empathizing with their hardships, and working through their issues, had allowed him a deep appreciation towards the importance of psychological adaption, mental grit, and resilience that remains untapped within. Knowing as such, he approaches each individual beyond personal and societal prejudices and bias; offering unconditional positive regard and meeting them where they are at psychologically, and gradually working towards therapeutic success.

 

Working his way through life from humble beginnings, he believes that each individual can similarly overcome difficulties that they encounter to achieve a more meaningful, adaptable, and functional state of living; a life that we can accept and own.

Ms Elizabeth Ho

Ms Elizabeth Ho has more than 15 years of experience in the field of trauma, critical incident stress, crisis and disaster management. Previously, she has worked extensively with trauma patients in Changi General Hospital, providing psychotrauma interventions and counseling. Elizabeth is also a certified traumatologist (Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, USA), with field as well as clinical experience gleaned from over a decade’s service in the Singapore Civil Defence Force where she served as a fire-fighting and rescue officer. Her deployment to local and overseas crises and disasters such as the SQ006 crash (2000) and Nicoll Highway cave-in (2004) incidents, and the Asian tsunami in 2005 to provide psychological, humanitarian, and search and rescue assistance, richly enhanced her field experience. Prior to this, Elizabeth worked with cancer-stricken children in a non-profit organisation, providing play therapy and counseling to affected individuals and their families.

 

Elizabeth has served in the National CARE (Caring Action in Response to Emergency) Management Committee as a board member, as well as a CARE officer and trainer. She has also provided training for both internal and external organisations in the areas of crisis management, psychology, and counseling.

 

In addition, Elizabeth has conducted research in the areas of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans Affairs hospital (Texas, USA), crisis leadership, as well as psychotrauma interventions for trauma patients.

 

Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from the National Institute of Education (Nanyang Technological University), with specialist training as a counselling psychologist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with double majors in the fields of Psychology and Economics from Baylor University, USA. She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) and is a certified trainer of Critical Incident Stress Management. Elizabeth holds certifications in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) from the EMDR Institute, Inc., and ORA Personality Profiler. She has training in the use of psychological assessments and tools such as the 16 PF, BDI-II, MMPI, WISC-IV, PTSD checklist, HADS, etc.

 

Currently an Associate Faculty with the Singapore Institute of Management University, Elizabeth is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society.

 

She believes in living life to the fullest, that everyone has a capacity for change and building resiliency, and that Love and Hope are the strongest foundation and change agents. She laughs a lot with her husband, four mischievous children, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and 2 hamsters. Although she strives to make time for human connection and people, Elizabeth also believes in solitude time for doing soul-enriching things such as reading, needlework, crafting, and sports. She is contentedly carving out time to give back to the community and making a difference by volunteering her experience, skills and, herself to various organisations and people.

Ms Andrea Lai

Ms Andrea Lai is a Clinical Psychologist at the Resilienz Clinic. She received her postgraduate Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

She received the Health Development Manpower Planning fellow award in 2004, and has more than 13 years of experience working at the Institute of Mental Health, providing psychological therapy and assessments for people suffering from a broad range of conditions, such as depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, phobias, complicated grief, trauma and personality disorders. She practices psychotherapy employing multiple psychotherapeutic models, such as CBT, EMDR, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness-Based therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and seeks to adopt the most appropriate therapeutic approach to fit the specific needs of each client.

 

She has extensive experience working in a broad range of settings, including psychiatric hospitals and general hospitals, both locally and in Australia. She also has experience working with clients in the forensic setting, from psychological assessments, evaluations to treatment interventions. On top of these, Andrea also has a passion for working with the geriatric population. For many years, she has been working closely with geriatric clients and their family members and caregivers in helping them to manage various conditions such as dementia, depression, anxiety, grief, and losses, providing psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation as well as psycho-education to this group of clients. Apart from individual therapeutic work, she also developed and ran cognitive rehabilitation groups for dementia clients and provided support for their caregivers.

 

Andrea has been actively involved in giving mental health talks, lectures and crises management
training for companies, schools, to the public as well as mental health professionals. She believes that everyone has significant strengths within themselves to bring healing to their psychological health and that the therapeutic process facilitates the increased awareness and helps the individual to tap into their strengths and resources so that they can build up their mental resiliency and become well-adjusted, happy and fulfilled persons.

Ms Carol Goh

Ms Carol Goh is a Psychotherapist with the Resilienz Clinic. She received her postgraduate Master in Social Science (Counselling) degree from the University of South Australia.

 

With over 10 years of counseling/therapy experience under her belt, she has extensive experience counseling youths, adults, and couples. Her specialty lies in uncovering the root cause of presenting issues, facilitating growth from the ‘inside out’, that is, facilitating inner change leading to outer change by focusing on the ‘root cause’. She has worked with diverse segments of clients ranging from those suffering from depression, self-harm, anxiety, anorexia, addiction, eating disorder, to anger issues.

 

Having successfully helped many of her clients to recovery, she has identified some common core
debilitating sources that are fueling such behavior which are low self-esteem, past hurts, and
unforgiveness (due to betrayal, rejection, and abandonment). As a psychotherapist she believes that problems must be worked through healing of the inner self or else they remain, forever a barrier to living an effective and successful life.

 

She is a certified practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing), a technique effective in treating trauma, depression, anger, anxiety, and stress. She is the founding member of EMDR Association Singapore. Carol uses a repertoire of basic and advanced counseling techniques and approaches tailored to each individual client’s issues, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Gestalt or empty chair technique, healing of inner child, Existential Therapy, and many other techniques. She believes in using a holistic counseling approach in order to help her clients to get well. In her therapy sessions, she will normally involve both cognitive psychoeducation and emotional healing. She is very well read and will recommend suitable resources such as books and websites to her clients to further enhance their process of healing through self-realization and self-awareness.

 

Carol regularly gives talks at tertiary institutions, schools, churches, and Family Service Centres. She also conducts mental and emotional wellness talks in private companies. She is currently a lecturer in diploma courses on basic counseling skills and specialist diploma in youth and relationship/marriage counseling at the private institution. In addition she is currently an associate counselor at a local polytechnic and a local art school.

 

Carol is fluent in Mandarin and English. She is married to a very supportive husband and is the mother of 3 girls.

Ms Priscilla Tham

Ms Priscilla Tham received her degree and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) and Monash University (Australia) respectively. Her keen interest in art and psychology led her to further pursue her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore) and Goldsmiths, University of London. She was awarded the LASALLE Scholarship in 2012 in recognition of her academic achievements.

 

Before becoming an art psychotherapist, Priscilla worked with children and adolescents with childhood cancer, as well as their families. She engaged clients in counseling and therapeutic play to support them through various experiences of their journeys such as feelings of disorientation, grief, bereavement, and recovery. Priscilla also worked with a multidisciplinary team, providing crisis counseling and facilitating crisis intervention in an adult mental health setting.

 

Priscilla practices psychotherapy from a psychodynamic approach, and draws on cognitive behavioural; person-centered; existential therapies to inform her practice. During her clinical internship, she provided art therapy to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems within local educational and mental health settings. These included school refusal, adolescents at-risk, Asperger syndrome, eating disorders, trauma and chronic illness. In addition, she provided art therapy to adult professionals experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

 

Priscilla hopes to provide a safe facilitating environment that fosters a therapeutic partnership, in which clients could engage in the creative process of art making for self-awareness and integration; expression.