Master of Counselling, BSocSci (Psy Hons)
Education & Training
Graduating from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Science (in Psychology, with honours), Jo-an continued on her path in counselling with a Master's Degree from Monash University.
Basic education aside, Jo-an is dedicated to honing her clinical skills and deepening her theoretical roots. She is trained in approaches including:
Attachment-focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR) - Parts 1, 2 & 3
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Others: Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Ericksonian Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) etc.
Jo-an has over a decade of experience in psychology across different settings. She first delved into health psychology, studied and supported well-being of people suffering with end-stage renal failure. She continued specialising into mental health and spent almost 10 years in a local hospital supporting clients of different presentation. The range includes emotionally distressed perinatal women, adults going through depression, anxiety, personality disorders, insomnia, adjustment, stress and others.
Singapore Association of Counselling (Provisional Clinical)
EMDR Parnell Institute (click to view profile)
Also a certified yoga instructor since 2015, Jo-an believes in the wisdom of the physical body and has seen how working with the body brings about benefits to one's well-being. This has led her to a rabbit hole of self study on yoga & body-based works. As she continues to expand her knowledge, she strives to integrate each modality and infuse these wisdom into her teaching and counselling practice.
Beyond the approaches, Jo-an sees each of her client as uniquely whole persons who could use a safe space to explore deeper and integrate within. Journeying with her clients is something she is passionate about and looks forward to.