Soh Yoke Wah
Licensed and Registered Counselor (Malaysia)
A poor view of self. A broken relationship. An explosive anger. A chronic depression. A sense of insecurity. Behind all these psychological and emotional brokenness, there is always a story to tell. Even though these stories may differ, there is usually a common theme behind: the search for self-worth, the yearning of love and acceptance, the search for a deeper sense of security, and the longing to be independent and to find more fulfillment in life. Just like any plant, we need these ingredients to grow healthily and to eventually bear abundant fruits in life. We can either get these needs met from our family of origin or we might be deprived and endeavor to source them somewhere else, constructively or destructively.
I know the effect of deprivation because I experienced it myself, knowing how hurting and painful it is to a person. But as I continued to seek help in professional counseling in dealing with these hurts and pains, I finally see light and hope at the end of the tunnel. As such, I am personally convinced that the best part of counseling is to enable people to become more constructive and positive toward their psychological and emotional state and to witness changes along the journey to become better, happier and more fulfilled individuals.
My clinical experiences include working with women struggling with individual, marital and family issues at the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), guiding college students with personal, relational, family and career-related issues at Career Sense and Center For Psychological And Counselling Services (CPCS) at HELP University. I also work with individuals on issues relating to marriage and family at my local church. I have conducted talks to adults in churches on basic counseling skills, emotion management, dealing with stress, burn-out and etc. I personally believe that emotions play an important and functional role in maintaining the overall psychological well being of every individuals. As such, I have continued to obtain further graduate-level accredited training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for individuals as well as couples in order to work better with clients in assessing, processing and making better sense of their emotional experiences.
I am currently running a Mandarin language center in Subang Jaya. Prior to that, I worked as an Auditor and Marketing Executive for five years. I left the corporate world to pursue my interest in working with children. I worked as a Pre-School Teacher in a local Montessori-oriented kindergarten and a facilitator at Gymboree for another five years. My work with children has given me valuable experiences and insights into the world of children and the educational, social, emotional and behavioral challenges that both children and parents face in today’s modern society.
My theoretical approach in counseling is based mainly on Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy which focuses in helping individuals in raising self-esteem, becoming better choice makers, being responsible for all their feelings, perceptions, expectations, yearnings as well as behaviors and eventually aiming to be more congruent in life. Every therapy session will begin with initial contact and rapport building, followed by assessment and/ or explorations of issues, goal setting, anchoring transformation process, reviewing the session and assigning therapeutic homework activities for practicing and integrating the changes. Each session is aim to be experiential, systemic, positively directional and changed focused.
I speak fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien.
Master in Counseling (HELP University, Malaysia)
Bachelor of Commerce (La Trobe University, Australia)
Diploma in Montessori
Emotion Focused Therapy (Module 1 & 2)
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (Externship)
Click here to read Yoke Wah’s personal statement in Mandarin.