Masters in Pastoral Counseling (Alpha Omega International College)
Student, Masters in Counseling (HELP University College)
Bachelor of Theology (Malaysia Bible Seminary)
Certificate in Mediation & Conflict Resolution (Eagles Mediation and Counseling Center, Singapore)
Critical Incident Stress Management (University of Maryland Baltimore Country, USA)
Certified PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator
LPI Licensed Facilitator (Leonard Personality Inventory)
Life Coach (International Association for Continuing Education & Training)
Secretary, National Association of Christian Counselors, Malaysia.
Many Malaysians have no qualms in seeing a doctor when physically ill, but there are much misgivings and hesitation in seeking help when they are emotionally and mentally distressed. Oftentimes, Malaysians do not know who to see or what therapy would involve. Below are some information about my training, experience and practice, which I hope it would make it less intimidating for you to consider doing therapy with me.
I am currently doing my clinical internship at KIN & KIDS Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Center under the supervision of Charis Wong. As a masters student, I have completed an internship at the Center for Psychological and Counseling Services as well as at the CareerSense, both in HELP University College. I also saw clients for therapy at a drug rehabilitation center.
I have received graduate-level training in both secular and faith-based counselling approaches. In addition to my M.A. (Pastoral Counseling)(Alpha Omega International College), I have also completed the coursework for my second Master in Counseling at HELP University College (HELP) and am currently fulfilling my required client hours and thesis requirement for graduation. I also underwent a two-month training in drug addiction rehabilitation with Teens Challenge Singapore.
I have been involved in the helping profession for the past three decades. An unexpected encounter with a drug addict in 1981 eventually led me to work in a drug rehabilitation centre as a live-in staff for about two years. Subsequently, I worked in a church setting for more than 10 years, first in the accounts department, and then, in the pastoral department. My pastoral training and experience have equipped me to work with individuals, couples and families facing mental, emotional and spiritual health issues and also interpersonal problems at home and in the office.
Besides my valuable experience in the church setting, my marriage to my wife for over 27 years and my role as a father of two grown-up children have been a crucial platform for me to practice my communication and conflict resolution skills. I have also conducted training and workshops on marriage and family issues, as well as served on the board of Focus on the Family (Malaysia). In 2009, I decided to expand my services beyond the four walls of the church and took up my second Master degree in counseling at HELP.
I see my role as a therapist as one of helping you to move towards optimal functions in your emotions and relationships so that you can be effective in your personal/domestic life as well as your workplace and social settings. I am mainly guided by the theories of Person-Centered Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I also incorporate Gestalt Therapy in group counseling and Family Systems Therapy in marriage and family therapy. As a counselor intern, I also adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Malaysia Board of Counsellors to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.
I speak English, Malay, Cantonese and basic Chinese.