Kin & Kids. Marriage, Family & Child Therapy Center.

Charis Wong

 

Director of KIN & KiDS, Marriage and Family Therapist, Counseling Psychologist

Email: charis@kinandkids.com

Education & Professional Licenses

M.S. (Counseling Psychology), University of North Texas, USA
Graduate Academic Certificate (Play Therapy/Child Counseling), University of North Texas, USA
B.S. (Applied Psychology), Upper Iowa University, USA
L.L.B. (Hons) 2nd Upper, University of Malaya
Formerly Licensed Professional Counsellor-Intern (LPC-I) (#64698), Texas, USA
Formerly Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) (#201404), Texas, USA
Registered and Licensed Counselor (#KB01868), Malaysia

Other qualifications/training

AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
Certificate of Mediation, Bar Council Malaysia
Advocate and Solicitor, Malaysia (inactive)
Certified PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator
Love & Logic Parenting Education Facilitator

Professional affiliations

Pre-Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT)
International Professional Member, Association of Play Therapy (#11-288) (APT, USA)

Therapist Statement

Making an appointment to see a therapist for the first time can be an intimidating experience. This is why I do my best to ensure that you feel at ease and are given as much information as you need prior to making a decision to engage in therapy with me through Kin & Kids Sdn

I previously held two professional mental health licenses in the State of Texas, where I obtained my graduate-level training in four major areas of mental health discipline – marriage and family therapy, psychology, counseling and play therapy.  In Malaysia, I am a qualified Counseling Psychologist in Malaysia. For you information, psychology is neither regulated by law or any professional body in Malaysia, but peer recognition as a psychologist is typically given to those who have at least a Master-level qualification in the field of psychology that they profess to have expertise in.

I am currently pursuing certification as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Hanks, AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor in California.  I have also complied with all requirements and am in the process of filing my application to become an APT Registered Play Therapist.

To ensure that I provide my best service to my clients, I adhere to the ethical standards of the AAMFT and APT and receive clinical supervision regularly from US licensed mental health professionals.

My mental health work experience in Texas include working as a psychiatric assessment clinician at a psychiatric hospital, a psychological assistant at a residential home for individuals who are intellectually challenged, and a therapist at several outpatient community counseling agencies. In Malaysia, I have worked at a university psychological and counseling center as well as a private practitioner, serving both local and expatriate clients. I have also worked as a lecturer and clinical supervisor in the Master in Clinical Psychology, Master in Counseling and Bachelor of Psychology programs at HELP University, as well as taught at the College of Allied Educators, Malaysia.  Prior to becoming a mental health professional, I worked as an attorney in Malaysia for six years doing litigation and corporate law.

While I am open to seeing people with various issues, my area of interest is in working with couples and families from diverse backgrounds, as well as with children with adjustment issues. As a marriage counselor, I am particularly interested in helping distressed couples who are trying to cope with the aftermath of an affair(s), couples struggling with vaginismus, couples who desire to have amicable co-parenting after divorce, expatriate couples and cross-cultural couples.  As a child/play therapist, I have special interest and experience working with parents and children of separating/divorced parents, teenagers with eating disorders and children who have attachment issues.  As a family therapist, I work with families in crisis and help family members to rebuild broken or strained relationships especially after significant life changing events.  I also do parent and teacher coaching, and provide consultation and interventions in school settings.

My training in psychology in USA included intensive training in testing and assessment.  As a Counseling Psychologist, I am therefore able to conduct psychological assessments (i.e. cognitive, personality and career) and to provide a diagnostic impression, if necessary.  

I believe that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health. I believe that in a nurturing social environment, people can learn to be more accepting of themselves and will be more capable of maximizing their potential, thus finding happiness and contentment in their lives. However, self-awareness and self-acceptance are goals that may sometimes take time to achieve. Some people need only a few sessions of therapy to achieve these goals, while others may require months or even years of therapy. If therapy is successful, you should feel that you are in a better position to face life’s challenges in the future without my support or intervention.