Charis Wong. Marriage, Family, Child Therapist & Counsellor. Play therapist. Sex therapist. Psychological assessment. Petaling Jaya. Kuala Lumpur.

Charis Wong

 

Director of KIN & KiDS

Marriage and Family Therapist                                    

Counseling Psychologist

Registered Play Therapist (USA)

Email: charis@kinandkids.com

Education & Professional Licenses/Accreditation

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
Registered Play Therapist and Approved Provider (#11288)(Association of Play Therapy, USA)
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 (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.  My training in psychology in USA included intensive training in testing and assessment.  I am therefore able to conduct psychological assessments (i.e. cognitive, personality and career) and to provide a diagnostic impression, if necessary.  I am also pursuing certification as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Hanks, AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor in California.  

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/fear of intercourse, couples who desire to have amicable co-parenting after divorce, expatriate couples and cross-cultural couples.  As a Registered 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 experienced trauma.  As a play therapist who is also 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.

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.

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.

Charis Wong.