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Dr. Tan Su Chen

Licensed and Registered Counselor (Malaysia)

Certified Trauma Practitioner (USA)

Living in a highly stressful world today, we are commonly faced with a myriad of difficulties and challenges. Children and adolescents are not exempted from adversities, and may yet to develop and possess the right skills to cope with various stressors. In the safe space of therapy, they can grow, heal and learn from their struggles – and continue to develop healthily in their emotional and psychological well-being.

I received my Ph.D. (Psychology) from Monash University and Masters in Counselling from HELP University. My doctorate research examined the role of emotion dysregulation in non-suicidal self-injury and demonstrated the effectiveness of emotion regulation-based intervention among university students who self-injure. Prior to becoming a mental health professional, I was a senior design engineer with Intel Corporation based in Malaysia and USA for 4 years.

My previous clinical experience includes working with university students at the Center for Psychological and Counseling Services (CPCS) and CareerSense at HELP University, as well as with pre-school, elementary and secondary students and their caregivers at Dignity for Children Foundation (Dignity). At Dignity, I also headed the mental health division at Harvest, a non-profit school for children. I have also obtained further graduate-level accredited training in Play Therapy and Child Psychopathology in addition to my counseling studies to ensure my competency to work with children.

I have worked with children, adolescents and young adults struggling with poor self-esteem, emotion dysregulation, anger and aggression, anxiety, social withdrawal, depression, bully, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, emotional neglect, divorce, grief and self-injury. In my experience, when caregivers respond proactively to provide the best care and support for the child, children can heal and thrive.  As such, I adopt a systemic approach to helping children and adolescents by working closely with parents and teachers.

I also enjoy supporting and equipping parents and teachers through individual skills coaching and workshops. I have conducted consultation and training to teachers, parents and caregivers through schools, faith-based organizations and non-profit organizations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal. As a mental health and psychosocial volunteer with Mercy Malaysia, I also provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) and psychosocial interventions to disaster survivors and I have been deployed for the Rohingya refugee crisis relief in Bangladesh, Nepal earthquake relief, Palu earthquake/ tsunami relief, as well as the MH370, MH17, and QZ8501 aviation crises.

As a therapist, I see my role as one who helps children, adolescents, and their parents gain clarity in current adversities, develop effective relational and coping skills, as well as discover strengths and inner resources to function healthily in school/college, family, and social settings.

My interventions are guided by the theories of Person-Centered Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Structural-Strategic Family Therapy. I also use play therapy and expressive arts techniques such as sandtray and art with adolescents and young adults.

I am fluent in written and spoken English and Malay.

Education & Professional Licenses/Accreditation

Ph.D. (Psychology), Monash University
Masters in Counselling, HELP University, Malaysia
Bachelors in Electronics Engineering (Majoring in Telecommunications), Multimedia University, Malaysia
Registered and Licensed Counsellor, Malaysia Board of Counsellors
Certified Trauma Practitioner, National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), USA

Other qualifications/training

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, The Delta Clinic, Australia
Certified PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator

Professional Affiliations

International Professional Member, Association of Play Therapy (APT, USA)