Senior Clinical Psychologist

ELAINE SUM

M.Psych (Clinical)

Elaine is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). Thereafter, she received the Ministry of Health Holdings’ Healthcare Graduate Studies Award and completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) jointly from the University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore.

 

Elaine’s years at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore provided her with vast exposure to a wide variety of mental health conditions and diverse cultures. Above all, Elaine deeply appreciates the opportunity to journey with each of these individuals through their emotional struggles and life stressors. From these experiences, Elaine developed her clinical interests in Trauma/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Psychogastroenterology.

At IMH, Elaine worked with patients in the outpatient, inpatient, as well as forensic settings, providing both psychological therapy and assessments. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR; Level 3), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and other forms of psychological therapies.

 

Elaine adopts a holistic, person-centered, and trauma-informed model of care. She strives to create a safe space for clients to process difficult emotions and distressing life experiences whilst journeying with them through life’s storms. Elaine also values psychology as a platform to address physiological responses to emotional distress. With compassion, warmth, and empathy, Elaine respectfully integrates various psychological techniques into a full therapy toolkit designed to meet the specific needs of each individual client. Elaine believes that regardless of one’s past adversities and/or current challenges, everyone can gradually heal and grow towards emotional health and wholeness.

Elaine speaks both English and Mandarin. 

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist

VALERIE LIM

M.Soc.Sc. (Professional Counselling)

Valerie is a trained counsellor/psychotherapist who draws from her years of experience in her previous work in both a residential children's home and in a Family Service Centre (FSC) in Singapore. Valerie has vast experience in working with various groups of people - children and their families with abuse and trauma; individuals who are experiencing a variety of mental health conditions and trauma; and couples experiencing emotional and relational challenges.

 

Valerie values the opportunity to come alongside individuals/couples in their journey through life's stressors and struggles. Valerie is an empathetic, compassionate and warm psychotherapist who adopts a trauma-informed and person-centered approach in her work with children, youths and adults across a broad range of emotional, behavioural and relational issues.

 

Valerie deeply values each individual’s unique strengths and actualizing potential, while validating the pain they are experiencing and believes that all individuals have the capacity within themselves to thrive and flourish. Valerie strives to create safety for clients as she conducts each session with understanding and empathy. She attunes to her client's needs and draws from her experiences and therapeutic approaches in order to create safety for them to process and develop new meanings and narratives about their traumatic and difficult experiences.  

Valerie holds a Masters in Professional Counselling from the Swinburne University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from the Singapore Management University.

 

Valerie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR; Level 3), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 2) and other forms of psychological therapies.

 
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