Mimi believes in using an integrative approach when counselling and coaching children, teens and adults. She tailors the pace and therapeutic modality to the unique needs of her clients. Mimi truly believes that positive transformation can happen in a warm, safe, and nurturing therapeutic environment and is committed to providing her clients that.
In her work with children, teens and young adults, Mimi draws on over a decade of training and experience as an educator and counsellor in London, San Francisco, Manila and Singapore. She can help young clients with:
· Social, emotional and behavioural challenges
· Mood instability
· Managing anger, fears and anxieties
· Developing self-esteem and age-appropriate social skills
· Support for managing ADHD and learning differences
· Dealing with gender identity issues, Third Culture Kid issues
· Managing parental and interpersonal relationship issues
· Navigating life transitions such as divorce, loss, and grief.
Mimi’s philosophy is meeting her young clients where they are at developmentally, emotionally and physically. Her approach to working with teens and young adults involves providing a nurturing and respectful accommodation for their growing sense of self-autonomy and identity. Mimi believes that important learning, processing, healing and growth happens during counselling, and how her young client extends and integrates the work he or she has done in counselling to the home, school or social setting is equally vital. This is why Mimi is always open to connecting with the parents, main care-givers, teachers and other support therapists that her young client may be seeing as part of a collaborative support system with ongoing dialogue and feedback.
Mimi believes that even as adults we all can get “stuck” at some point in our lives. The safe space within counselling can help us heal, chart a new course, or get back on track with pursuing rich and meaningful lives. Her work with adults focuses on:
· Stress management
· Depression and Anxiety
· Life adjustments and transitions
· Gestational grief and loss
· Parental and Relationship Issues
· As someone who also faced fertility challenges, Mimi is passionate about helping clients manage reproductive mental and emotional well-being, as well as post-natal depletion.
Mimi holds a Master’s degree in Counselling (Australia) and has received training in expressive therapies, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma Interventions, Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT), Transactional Analysis, Gottman Method, Fertility Coaching, Somatic Experiencing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Mimi has given talks on parenting and stress-management, has taught after-school classes on mindfulness and mental well-being for children, and is currently part of a research team on reproductive emotional well-being in Singapore.
Mimi is a member of the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (APACS) in Singapore, Singapore Association for Counsellors (SAC), Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) and the American School Counselors Association.