Dr. Tan Su Chen
Licensed and Registered Counsellor (Malaysia)
Certified Trauma Practitioner (USA)
As children develop, they are prone to face difficulties and challenges. In the safe space of therapy, children can learn to cope, heal and learn from their struggles – and continue to develop healthily in their emotional and psychological well-being.
Initially trained as an electrical engineer, my involvement in people-helping began informally from voluntary social work through college campus activities and church programs. This gradually evolved into a pursuit of counseling professionally with a special focus in children, adolescents, college students as well as their parents and families. I have a Masters in Counseling from HELP University and a PhD in Psychology from Monash 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.
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. Using a systemic approach, I work closely with parents and other caregivers as I believe that when caregivers respond proactively to provide the best care and support for the child, children can heal and thrive.
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 psychosocial volunteer with Mercy Malaysia, I provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) and trauma counseling to disaster survivors and I have been deployed for Nepal earthquake relief as well as the MH370, MH17, and QZ8501 aviation crises.
I am 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 in my clinical work.
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 adaptively in school/college, family, and social settings.
I am fluent in written and spoken English and Malay.
*Kindly note that Su Chen is only available for a short period for time-limited parents consult and coaching
Education & Professional Licenses/Accreditation
PhD in Psychology, Monash University, Australia
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
Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, The Delta Clinic, Australia
Certified PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator
International Professional Member, Association of Play Therapy (APT, USA)