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 Tan Sheng Neng

Dr Tan Sheng Neng graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia and obtained his postgraduate psychiatry qualification in 2011. He was appointed as the Director of the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service (2017-2019) at Changi General Hospital (CGH), Singapore. He was also an Assistant Director (Psych) of the Integrated Sleep Service at CGH (SingHealth Duke-NUS Sleep Centre) where he helped develop into a department in 2018.

 

Dr Tan has a specialised interest in neuropsychiatry where he treated patients with Sleep Disorders, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Behavioural Psychological Symptoms of Dementia, and Brain trauma or injury particularly from strokes. At CGH, he was also involved in developing mental health programmes that enhance the psychological well-being of medical patients. He was a co-author to 1) Guidelines on The Practice of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, and 2) Guidelines on The Practice of Electroconvulsive Therapy published by The College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine Singapore in 2018.

 

Besides his clinical work, Dr Tan was an active researcher. His main research interest was on the enhancement of mental health of patients with chronic illnesses. Dr Tan was awarded the National Research Foundation – MOH Healthcare Research Scholarship and obtained the Master of Clinical Investigation from the University of Singapore.

 

Dr Tan is passionate about the education of young doctors. In 2015, he received the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS) Dean’s Teaching Award and the Best Educator Award for Medical – Undergraduate Education. He was also awarded the Best SingHealth Doctors Award in 2008 and 2009.

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 the USA.

 

Kindness, compassion, and authenticity guides the way Jessie approaches the people around her and her clinical work. In the therapy room, Jessie focuses on learning your life stories to allow a deeper understanding of your worldviews. Using a combination of Psychodynamic theories, Cognitive Behavioural techniques, and Mindfulness-based practices, she works at your pace towards personal development and/or symptom alleviation. With couples, Jessie employs the Gottman Method Couples Therapy that focuses on enhancing your relationship’s strengths while creating new ways of navigating through its vulnerabilities.

 

Having trained and worked extensively in the U.S, Jessie’s clinical experiences were derived from working in schools, outpatient psychological clinics, assisted living facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. Her patients were individuals and/or families from varying backgrounds across the lifespan. Given her personal experience, Jessie is particularly interested in issues related to Expatriation and Re-Expatriation.

 

Public education has been an area of passion for Jessie. She has given talks and guest lectures at local tertiary institutions to generate interest in the field of Clinical Psychology and to address mental health-related questions among students and working professionals. Jessie continues to collaborate with local media outlets to bring awareness to mental health conditions in hopes of normalizing help-seeking behaviours in times of needs. Advocating the importance of formal regulation among the mental health profession as a whole has been an issue close to her heart as well. Formal regulation will ensure greater protection for patients against unethical practices and practitioners.

 

In her leisure time, Jessie enjoys the company of her 3 adorable rabbits. She also enjoys outdoor activities 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.

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 Annelise Lai

Ms Annelise Lai is a Clinical Psychologist with the Resilienz Clinic. She obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the National University of Singapore. She is also a life time member of Psi Chi International Honour Society in Psychology—an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

 

Her clinical approach emphasises on building a comfortable, nonjudgmental, and trusting environment for her patients. Her past experience in the hospital settings include working with individuals who suffered from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, eating disorder, obsession compulsive disorder, self-harm, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anger management. Particularly, Annelise has a specialised interest in Eating Disorder and she was trained by the University of Oxford in providing Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) for individuals with Eating Disorders.

 

With appropriate guidance and willingness, she believes that most individuals possess the power to transform their own lives. Annelise may be the expert in this field but she often describes her patients as the expert and master in their own life. The patients she worked with range across different ages, countries, and cultural background. She has conducted psychological assessment and/or therapy for patients aged from 7 to 87 years old. In term of psychological assessment, Annelise is trained in conducting cognitive assessment, adaptive functioning assessment, neuropsychological testing, mental capacity assessment and etc.

 

Annelise is an advocate of evidence-based and clinically proven therapies. She is skilled at providing a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) based on each individual’s need and comfort level. She is also flexible in incorporating other techniques that she deems most suitable for her patient, such as Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-based interventions. As Annelise is fluent in English and Mandarin and she understands dialects (e.g. Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese), her assessment and therapy can be conducted in any of the languages.

 

Apart from her clinical duties, Annelise is active in research. Her research— “Emotional priming and emotion coupling in vulnerability to eating disorders” and her clinical case study— “Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) for an Adolescent with Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Study” have been accepted as oral presentations by the 13th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ICCAP).

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.

Mr Raymond Chong

Mr Raymond Chong is a Senior Counsellor at the Resilienz Clinic. He received his Master in Counselling from University of Monash.

 

He started his career as a Counsellor at the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Institute of Mental Health (IMH) where he developed extensive experience in counselling youth-at-risk as well as delivering continuity to patients with mental health condition and/or addiction.

 

Drawing upon his counselling experience and clinical abilities, Raymond joined the Family Justice Courts (FJC) as a Senior Court Counsellor where he was the lead family dispute conference facilitator for complex child protection matters and family violence. He was the key lead of the On-site Psychological Services initiative between IMH, State Courts and FJC enhancing accessibility to mental health treatment to litigants with mental health issues. Thereafter, Raymond was transferred to the Singapore Prison Services where he worked with high-risk offenders who were presented with drugs, violence and sexual offences on individual and group settings. He conducted rehabilitation classifications, risk assessments and was a pre-sentence court report writer.

 

Raymond is a Family Mediator, Associate Mediator and Coach with Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). He is also a community mediator at the Community Mediation Centre (CMC). Raymond is reputed for his diffusion and containment of emotions exhibited by clients in their high arousal state of mind during his counselling sessions. He is noted for his vast experiences in successfully working with high conflict personalities in counselling, family conferences and mediation sessions.

 

Raymond is a trauma informed practitioner and a certified substance abuse counsellor. He is highly facilitative in his counselling approach and adopts an eclectic approach to interventions based on his client’s needs. His approach includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Sign Language. His sessions can be conducted in any of these languages.