Dr TIAN CHEONG SING
M.B.B.S (S'pore), M.Med(Psychiatry)(S'pore), Dip. Family & Marital Therapy, F.A.M.S.
Executive Director, CEL
Dr. Tian Cheong Sing is the Executive Director of the Centre for Effective Living. Concurrently, he is also a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at The Psychiatric and Behavioural Medicine Clinic; and Visiting Consultant and Head of the Psycho-social Trauma Support Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree at the National University of Singapore in 1980 and worked as a general practitioner before entering Psychiatry specialist training. In 1990, he received his Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) degree from the National University Hospital of Singapore before embarking on further training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with the London Institute of Child Health. In addition, he is also trained in Family & Marital Therapy with the London Institute of Family Therapy. Prior to entering private practice, he has worked in various psychiatric units treating adults, children & adolescents with mental disorders.
At the organisational level, he has consulted with corporations on managing crises, stress and transitions. He has also conducted many talks and workshops on mental health, stress, marriage and parenting.
MCoun (Aust), BSc (Hon) Economics and Management (UK),
Andrea Chan is the Centre Manager with the Centre for Effective Living. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Management from the University of London and a Masters degree in Counselling from Monash University.
She has previously been involved with conducting talks and workshops in places such as Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. She works primarily with the youths and women in those areas, giving talks on Effective Communication, Building Strong Relationships and Building Healthy Self Esteem prior to joining CEL.
Upon joining CEL, Andrea conducts mental wellness talks to employees. She is also involved in critical incident stress management projects involving sudden deaths in organisations as well as fire and explosion in petrochemical organisations. She has been invited to speak at conferences on Organisational Development, to further her interest in change management and delivering sustainable organisational performance.
Andrea is certified by MCYS to conduct their Building Emotional and Affect Regulation (BEAR) Program. BEAR aims to build resilience in children by enhancing self-regulation and coping mechanisms.
Geraldine Tan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the National University of Singapore, and a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology from Nanyang Technological University. She is trained in Choice & Reality Therapy, Child Attachment Interview and Group Psychotherapy.
Prior to joining Centre for Effective Living, Geraldine has spent eight years counselling and working in a clinical setting. She was with Singapore Children’s Society, working with children and adolescents. She joined Mount Elizabeth-Charter subsequently, where she conducted Needs Assessments and counselling sessions to those who seek psychological and emotional help. She also administers psychological assessments, such as IQ and diagnostic tests for learning disabilities.
She works closely with doctors and in addition to testing and therapy, works with children requiring palliative care in the hospitals, helping parents manage their expectations and deal with their grief.
She adopts an eclectic approach to therapy, with preferences for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Reality Therapy. She also uses art and play therapy.
Currently, she works closely with doctors and in addition to testing and therapy, works with children requiring palliative care in the hospitals, helping parents manage the expectations and deal with their grief.
Geraldine is a psychologist registered with the Singapore Register of Psychologists, and a member of the Singapore Psychological Society. She is also a member with the William Glasser Institute, Singapore and the Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy, Singapore.
Marlene is a Psychologist at the Centre for Effective Living. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Marlene has worked with youths with special needs, such as intellectual disabilities and Down Syndrome, and employs dance and visual arts as platforms to develop their talents. She has also mentored youths aged 13-16 at high risk of delinquency and influenced them with positive lifestyle management and psycho-social skills. These are developed through customised lesson plans on issues such as building social relationships, acknowledging negative beliefs and effective time management. Marlene has also been involved in research for a Non-Governmental Organisation to improve the success of vocational rehabilitation for clients with psychiatric disabilities. She is certified by MCYS to conduct their Building Emotional and Affect Regulation (BEAR) Program, aimed to build resilience in children by strengthening self-regulation and enhancing coping strategies.
Marlene is involved with content development for training on Resilience and Social intelligence to be conducted in HPB’s nationwide workplace wellness programme. She also gives talks on mental wellness, work-life balance, interpersonal communication and has worked with individuals to build skills for effective work performance.
She is a member of the Crisis Response Network and has presented at their meetings on providing critical incident stress management to organisations. She has conducted workshops for HR personnel on dealing with organisational crisis. She has also been facilitating crisis support interventions in petrochemical industries.
Billy is a psychologist at the Centre for Effective Living. He graduated with honors in Psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Billy has worked with primary and secondary youths-at-risk who came from dysfunctional and disadvantaged families. By using a holistic approach of engaging and empowering youths with cognitive restructuring and self-efficacy improvement, he helped to steer the youths away from the route to behavioural problems, academic failure and delinquency.
Prior to joining Centre for Effective Living, Billy was an active volunteer for several organizations. Under the supervision and training of senior psychologists, Billy has had numerous experiences conducting psychological testing and screening tests to access individuals’ intellectual abilities and ascertain the appropriate need for further reassessment. Billy has also conducted many Needs Assessments on hospital patients of different races, gender and ages ranging from their early twenties to their late eighties, providing suggestions and feedback to help improve on their quality of life in the hospital.
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DR. KELVIN LEE
BPsych(Australia), DPsych(Australia), MAPS, MAIM, IRCA
Kelvin Lee is an Organisational Psychologist at the Centre for Effective Living. He graduated with the Bachelor of Clinical Psychology in 1993 and further completed his Doctorate in Organisational Psychology in 2003 in Australia.
He is registered with The Western Australia Registration Board of Psychologists and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Institute of Management and the International Registration of Certificated Auditors. Prior to returning to Singapore, he worked as a consulting psychologist in the areas of selection & recruitment, organisational development, human resource management and corporate psychology R & D. His experience extends to the government sector such as the Australian Taxation Office and private sector in the corporate psychology consulting, natural resource mining, education, property and healthcare industries.
Kelvin’s expert knowledge lies on Organisational Trust and Commitment and he has a keen interest in the research and application of corporate psychology on the effects of mergers/acquisitions and organisational culture/ restructuring.
DR. CHOU MEI LING
M. Ed(Counselling)(NTNU,Taiwan), Ph.D(Psychology)(HKU,HK)
Dr Chou Mei Ling currently works with Centre for Effective Living as a senior consultant psychologist, and a principle trainer at Mt. Elizabeth Medical Centre for organizations. She holds a doctorate in psychology (PhD) from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance (M.Ed) from National Taiwan Normal University. Dr Chou has been in the field of training, psychological services, and mental health education for 20 years in Singapore. She specializes in working with children, teenagers, adults and couples on IQ, EQ, relationship, motivation, parenting, emotional problems, trauma, stress, psychological test, and personality issues.
She was the deputy CEO of Care Corner Singapore, consultant therapist with Care Corner Counseling Centre, and Dean of Care Corner Training Association. She is also the vice president of Association of Individual and Group Psychotherapy (AGIP), Singapore and a registered psychologist with Singapore Register of Psychologists. Her clientele also extends to Malaysia, Taiwan, and China.
DR. TATJANA POTREBIC
AnalyticPsych(Switzerland), Psychiatry(Yu), M.Sc(Clin.Psych)(USA)
Senior Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Tatjana Potrebic is a Senior Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the Centre for Effective Living. Her qualifications include Analytic Psychotherapy (Switzerland), Psychiatry (Yugoslavia) and Family Therapy (Yugoslavia). She has 13 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry.
She has worked in Zurich and Basel (Switzerland), Belgrade (Serbia) and is now in Singapore. She has gained extensive experience in analytical psychotherapy, intercultural psychiatry, treatment of addictions, family and couples therapy. She has also organised various seminars on dream analysis, fairy tale analysis and communication skills, to name a few. She is able to conduct her therapy sessions in English, German and Serbian. She helps people work through issues like anxiety, depression, mood swings, marital difficulties, relationship, intimacy, self-esteem, guilt & shame, eating disorders, weight & body image, parenting challenges, career changes, conflict resolution, stress, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive behaviour, suicidal feelings, substance abuse, grief & bereavement, and also identity problems of adolescents.
Marina is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She has practiced clinical psychology in a wide range of settings including psychiatric unit, general medical wards and the neurorehabilitation centre. Marina has extensive experience in working with both adults and children who have problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.
She receives formal training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Parts Therapy as well as the Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Depending on the needs and problems of her clients, she will adopt the appropriate counselling approach. Besides, Marina also has a strong background in providing neuropsychological assessments to people with head injuries, stroke, dementia as well as other forms of memory difficulties.
In addition, her work includes assessing children with learning difficulties, attention problems and autistic spectrum disorder. Last but not least, Marina runs the cognitive retraining programme to assist clients with mild cognitive impairment and those with head injuries.
M. Clin. Psych (Australia)
Shelwyn Tay is a Clinical Psychologist with the Centre for Effective Living. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree in 1997 and went on to complete the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has experience working with a range of populations in both clinical and research settings.
Her work in clinical settings has included general psychological and psycho-educational assessment, cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety and depression, behaviour therapy for children, counselling adults with psychiatric illness and assisting parents with child management skills. She is comfortable using a variety of therapeutic approaches including narrative, solution-focused and insight-oriented therapies.
She has previously been involved with the Macquarie University Anxiety Research Unit (MAURU) Preschool Intervention Program for childhood anxiety and has also conducted research on parenting stress among mothers of anxious children as part of her Masters thesis. While working as a Research Psychologist at the National University Hospital, she assisted in the design and administration of a pilot project on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among patients of the Accident and Emergency department.
YAM KENG MUN
M.A. (Clin. Psych.)(USA)
Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Yam Keng Mun consults with organisations dealing with organisational issues, such as change management support.
In addition to assisting organisations in developing Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and Work-Life initiatives, Keng Mun’s expertise has also benefited organisations interested towards developing their management staff and supervisors in leadership and team enhancement skills. He has also been facilitating crisis or emergency support start-ups in banking, petrochemical, IT and hospitality organisations. In addition to running workshops on stress management and work-life balance, he has presented at recent regional psychotherapy and EAP conferences on topics such as EAP Trends in Singapore, and providing counselling support to organisations during critical incidents.
A member of the Singapore Psychological Society and Association for Group & Individual Psychotherapy, Keng Mun is currently serving in the Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable (APEAR) Executive Board. (http://www.apear.org)
RUMMANA KAED CHECHATWALA
Rummana Kaed is a Clinical Psychologist with the Centre for Effective Living. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology in National University of Singapore (NUS), she conducts psychometric assessment for organisational leaders as part of leadership succession planning and manages designated overseas cross-cultural assignments. Her work also involves providing IQ and personality tests to children with academic concerns. With adults, she provides counselling assistance to those with personal difficulties, such as marital conflicts, work conflicts with colleagues in the workplace.
M.Sc. (Developmental) Psychology, The Netherlands
Boukje Zonneveld is a Dutch psychologist with a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), for adults but with focus on children and adolescents. Boukje can conduct assessments as well as therapy or counselling.
Prior to joining Centre for Effective Living, she worked for almost 10 years in the Netherlands for different hospitals and mental health institutions, from which the last 4 years in a university hospital. Clients were children up to young adults, seen individually or together with their families. A strong quality of Boukje is her open, enthusiastic and dedicated attitude, which makes her easily accessible for children as well as adults.
In the organisational field, Boukje conducted several talks and workshops on national and international level. She has been a member of steering groups concerning psychosocial care and the development of multi-disciplinary treatment in hospitals.
Boukje is a full member of the Singapore Psychology Society (SPS) and the Dutch Institution of Psychologists (NIP) and is able to conduct therapy in English and Dutch.