Dr Thomas Lee is the medical director and consultant psychiatrist with 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 was also 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 Suellen Lee is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with Resilienz Clinic. She obtained her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2006 and PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University-San Francisco.
Her approach as a therapist can be described as humanistic, client-centered, psychodynamic, relational and attachment-focused. When appropriate, she utilizes techniques from DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), sandtray and art therapy.
Besides the above techniques, Dr Suellen have also completed her training in Attachment-Focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), an evidence-based treatment for trauma and other disorders such as depression and anxiety. Attachment-Focused EMDR is an enhanced EMDR technique developed by Dr. Laurel Parnell (http://parnellemdr.com/emdr-and-af-emdr/), and which is approved by EMDRIA (EMDR International Association).
She specializes in PTSD, complex traumatic stress disorders, developmental trauma, grief/loss and works well with general anxiety, depression, women’s issues such as life changes. She has experiences with the following issues: adoption, cross-cultural identity, adjustment issues related to Third-Culture, expatriate, and immigrant experiences, non-heteronormative lifestyles, ADHD and learning disabilities (both children and adult).
Dr Suellen considers herself a bridge builder, family connector, restorer of hope, empowerer of parents, and adoption ally. She is fluent in English and conversant in basic Mandarin.
Dr Yen P Wong is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with Resilienz Clinic. She is a HCPC-registered clinical psychologist who has more than 10 years of experience working on cases of varying complexities in the United Kingdom and in Singapore.
Yen is well-versed with clients presenting with mood difficulties (depression and anxiety), personality disorders, dermatological conditions (e.g., eczema and trichotillomania), sleep issues, grief, as well as, coping with chronic and terminal illnesses.
Having had years of experience in the paediatric setting, Yen also provides therapy for children presenting with neurodevelopmental difficulties (e.g., ADHD, autism), as well as emotional and behavioural difficulties. She also regularly carries out psychological assessments for children and provides positive parenting trainings for parents. Her caseload is often international in nature, and she has seen patients from diverse backgrounds in both institutional and community settings.
Yen’s services are well-regarded and she has received specific recognition by the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She has spoken on mental health issues alongside respected doctors and medical practitioners at external seminars.
Yen was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology by the University College London in 2015, prior to which, she graduated with a Honours degree from the National University of Singapore and was placed on the Dean’s List in 2008. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Ms Soon Jiaying is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with Resilienz Clinic. She received her Master of Psychology (Clinical) from James Cook University Singapore. Over the years, she has worked with youths, adults and the elderly with various mental health issues and severity.
Previously, Jiaying was a Senior Psychologist in the primary healthcare services. She supported clients who have difficulty coping with mental health issues such depression, anxiety, insomnia, behavioural issues, interpersonal issues, self-harm and risk. She also worked with clients with co-morbid medical conditions and mental health concerns, focusing on identifying and addressing their mutual impact.
Jiaying is proficient in assessing clients’ presenting issues, as well as conducting evidence-based psychotherapy. Her clinical style is grounded in cognitive behavioural, solution focused, mindfulness, and schema theories. She believes in using an eclectic approach that suits the needs and preference of her clients. Jiaying is competent in working with individuals and also facilitating joint sessions. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Hokkien. Her sessions can be conducted in any of these languages.
Jiaying believes in the importance of public education to reduce the stigma of mental health conditions and promote mental wellness. She has been involved in the delivery of corporate talks, engagement in community outreach programmes and working with multi-disciplinary teams.
Jiaying holds high standards of integrity and ethics, and values her role in working collaboratively with her clients to enhance their psychological wellbeing. It is her hope to be able to empower others to find hope and meaning to their lives.
Mr Chris Wong is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with Resilienz Clinic. He received his Master of Psychology (Clinical) from National University of Singapore (NUS).
Chris had worked many years in community organizations with persons with special needs in a range of settings including a special education school, a community integration service, a day activity centre etc. He had worked with children, youths, and adults with a range of special needs including neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. intellectual disability, autism, ADHD), physical disabilities, and acquired disabilities (e.g. due to stroke, spinal cord injuries etc).
Chris subsequently worked in a tertiary psychiatric care setting, working with adults with and without co-morbid neurodevelopmental conditions who presented with a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis etc. During his time in healthcare, he provided outpatient and inpatient therapy as well as assessment services alongside a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, medical social workers, occupational therapists, and case managers. He was also involved in providing consultation and training to other professionals and occasional talks to external agencies.
Adopting a person-centered approach, Chris believes that the therapeutic relationship and alliance is an important foundation to build with every client. Creating a safe and trusting environment, Chris works with clients drawing upon the principles and theories of cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and schema therapy.
Chris sees himself as a ‘fellow traveler’ along with clients on the journey of life, and endeavors to work alongside clients to make things better, a little at a time. He believes in the importance of positive mental health and that efforts towards mental wellness need to go beyond just treating mental health problems.
Chris is fluent conducting sessions in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. He is comfortable working with clients of diverse backgrounds.
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, she is an advisor in the Clinical Advisory Group for Focus on the Family Singapore. She also contributes on an ad hoc basis to interviews and publications on mental health issues, and holds certification in Mental Health in Christian Ministry.
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 has a deep love for all living creatures, devotes her time to laughing with her four children, 2 dogs and 3 Holland rabbits. 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.
Mr Don Cheong is a Senior Psychologist with Resilienz Clinic. He received his Master of Arts (Applied Psychology) from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Don has worked with clients in both clinical and corporate settings. In the clinical setting, he has provided psychological assessment, treatment planning, individual counselling and group therapy for adolescents and adults struggling with substance (drugs and alcohol) and/or behavioural (gambling, gaming and sex) addiction issues. His past tenure with the Addiction Medicine Department at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) broaden his experience in managing comorbidities as addiction is often accompanied with another condition (e.g., depression and anxiety) and/or side effects (e.g., substance-induced psychosis and weight loss).
Don believes in a client-centered approach and embraces eclecticism, adapting and integrating techniques from various therapeutic modalities such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, and schema therapy.
In the corporate setting, Don was an Associate Trainer with the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute with experience in developing content and executing training workshops on leadership and soft skills for professionals, managers, and executives. Driven by a deep interest in corporate training and coaching, he devoted his time in conducting wellness talks, training workshops and individual coaching on an entrepreneurial/project basis prior to joining Resilienz. He believes that every individual has the ability to overcome challenges, thrive and lead a fulfilling life. He hopes to share this vision and work with Resilienz in changing lives.
Mr Raymond Chong is a Senior Counsellor at 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.
Ms Jenny Giam is a Senior Counsellor at Resilienz Clinic. She holds a Master of Social Science (Counselling) from University of South Australia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from James Cook University, Australia. She is a registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling, registered Social Service Practitioner with the Singapore Association of Social Workers and Master Solution Focused Practitioner with International Alliance of Solution Focused Teaching Institute. In addition, she is also a certified Substance Abuse Counsellor with Association of Professionals Specialising in Addiction Counselling and accredited Mediator with Singapore Mediation Centre.
Being in the counselling field for more than 15 years, Jenny has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including family service and children’s residential homes, criminal and judicial justice settings, education institution and hospital. Jenny has extensive experience working with clients who present various challenges. During her work in family service centre and children’s home, she provided counselling to children and youth who presented with behavioural issues and/or mental health conditions. She also conducted group work on anger management for children and youth. In addition, she worked with couples on their marital challenges and with parents on their parenting skills.
In her other professional settings, Jenny had worked with adults who presented with various mental health challenges. She had conducted extensive group work for clients with addiction issues as well.
Jenny is a strong believer in strength-based approaches. She believes that individuals have the potential and internal resources necessary to manage their challenges. She also believes in empowering individuals to recognise and utilise their skills to achieve their goals. She adopts an integrated approach in her counselling practice, combining Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Act and Commitment Therapy.
In delivering counselling services to her clients, Jenny adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. She believes in the value of developing a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients and providing them with a safe space to .
Jenny is fluent in English and Mandarin. Her sessions can be conducted in these languages.
Ms Xie Lixin is a Senior Counsellor at Resilienz Clinic. She received her Master in Counselling from University of Monash. She is a registered Counsellor with the Singapore Association for Counselling. She is also trained in Mental Health First Aid Crisis Intervention for Children and Youth and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
Lixin started as a caseworker and Programme Executive in a residential youth hostel, where she developed programmes for at-risk youths using a holistic approach to improve their socio-emotional wellbeing. As her work developed to being more focused on the counselling aspects for clients in the hostel, she was involved in working with at-risk youths, multi-stressed families and various stakeholders to provide support for her clients. She had conducted family counselling sessions and workshops with the aim for reconciliation and increased mutual understanding to support the clients’ growth. During her time in a university setting, Lixin provided individual counselling sessions to undergraduate and post-graduate students. She worked with clients with diverse range of presenting issues, including crisis intervention.
Lixin adopts different interventions based on her client’s needs. Her approaches include Trauma-informed therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Attachment-based therapy. Lixin believes in supporting clients’ progress by respecting their beliefs and struggles, and to pace along with the clients. She is committed to maintaining ethical and professional standards during her sessions.
Lixin is fluent in English and conversant in basic Mandarin. Her sessions can be conducted in these languages.
Ms Khor Hui Yin is a Counsellor at Resilienz Clinic. She received her Masters in Arts (Counselling and Guidance) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She is a registered counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC).
Hui Yin started her career in mental health setting as a caseworker in 2014. She led and maintained peer recovery program for adults (aged 21 and above) living with mental health conditions in rehabilitation centre. Hui Yin was trained to view mental health conditions from recovery-oriented perspectives and had witnessed the impact of strength-based approach in improving a person’s life. She also actively gave psych-education for mental health recovery and relapse prevention to the public; and facilitated support group for both her clients and family members.
Hui Yin’s passion in the helping line motivated her to pursue a career as a counsellor. Her counselling work in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) allowed her to work closely with population with addiction issues (alcohol, drugs, gambling, cyber etc). Besides working with youth, she engaged with the family members (especially parents) in coping with the presenting issues to help improve parent-child relationship.
In addition, Hui Yin was also exposed to conduct group work for university students and cancer survivor on self-discovery and self-compassion during her counselling training. And she loves to observe the group dynamics in different group settings.
The counselling approaches Hui Yin used is humanistic approach; drawn upon techniques from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. She sees value in every human experience and validates every process in life.
Hui Yin is fluent in Mandarin, English and Malay. Her sessions can be conducted in any of these languages.
Ms Pearl Koh is a Counsellor at Resilienz Clinic. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Psychology (Forensic) at Singapore University of Social Sciences and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University at Buffalo, New York. Being in the social service and healthcare sector for close to 10 years, Pearl has worked closely with students, families, and elderly. She is experienced in working with clients who are facing life challenges and rehabilitation from chronic conditions.
She had conducted support groups for parents which included mindfulness concepts and psychoeducation group classes for elderly with chronic conditions. She was also a volunteer coordinator for a youth mentoring programme. As a para-counsellor, Pearl has worked closely with youths and parents on their recovery journey.
Pearl uses a variety of approach in her counselling practice, such as the as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She believes that everyone has different skills and internal strengths that they can tap on, and she is motivated to explore that with her clients.
Her counselling session focuses on establishing a good rapport and a safe space for the client to feel supported. Pearl is fluent in English and Mandarin. Her sessions can be conducted in these languages.