Kok Kwang was selected by peer mental health professionals as among the top nine master therapists from 127 recognised experts in Singapore for a qualitative analysis in a landmark study on psychotherapy expertise conducted by the National Institute of Education.
He received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Singapore from the Singapore Psychological Society, of which he served as the President. He provided collaborative leadership for the establishment of the Singapore Register of Psychologists as well as developed English and Mandarin multimedia programmes for persons with chronic illness. He delivered psychosocial interventions for a study on colorectal cancer patients’ quality of life funded by an innovative research grant from the National Healthcare Group, continuing medical education to family physicians on practical applications of psychoneuroimmunology, and community outreach education on an evidence-based approach to integrative health (e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zufMZNB-x9A).
He is also a past President of the Singapore Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In his nearly 30 years of clinical practice, he was selected to provide hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to the President and first family of an Asian country. In Australia, he delivered psychological rehabilitation and employee assistance programme (EAP) interventions for miners, mining specialists, and corporate leaders on physically and emotionally demanding fly-in-fly-out rosters.
With clinical training in mind-body medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis from the Australian Society of Hypnosis, he is on the Editorial Boards of the peer-reviewed journals of Advances in Integrative Medicine (Australasian Integrative Medicine Association), International Journal of Psychology and Behaviour Analysis, and Psychology Teaching Review (British Psychological Society). He is the Chinese translator of a bestseller on integrative medicine and co-author of two books promoting child and adolescent mental health with the first book commissioned by the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth, and Sports and the second book in its third edition on anti-bullying strategies.
He served as the Keynote Speaker for the launching of the Paracounselling Programme within the Singapore Police Force and board member of the National Council of Social Service's Board of Council. He provided clinical training (and supervision) for counsellors, dentists, doctors, educators, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in collaboration with the College of Family Physicians Singapore, Duke-NUS Medical School, Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Nanyang Technological University, National Chi Nan University (Taiwan), and Singapore University of Social Sciences.
He completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology that was accredited by the American Psychological Association. He is also a Fellow of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and Psychosomatic Specialist of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. The British Psychological Society recognises him as a Fellow, Senior Practitioner on the Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy (ROPSIP), member of the Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care, Chartered Psychologist, and first Asian recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Practice Award.
He welcomes consultations on:
- Anger and impulsive behaviour
- Anxiety (extensive worries, hypersensitivity to social rejection, etc.)
- Behavioural addictions (gaming, social media use, etc.)
- Binge eating
- Cancer-related issues (body image, treatment side effects, etc.)
- Caregiver distress
- Chronic pain (arthritis pain, back pain, etc.)
- Complicated grief
- Couple and family discord
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fears, panic attacks, and phobias (stress from dental, surgical and other medical procedures; flying; public speaking; etc.)
- Insomnia and related sleep problems (nightmares, disturbances from shift work, etc.)
- Internal barriers for achieving personal and professional goals
- Longstanding habits (cigarette smoking, nail biting, tic cough, etc.)
- Obsessive and compulsive symptoms (repeated checking or counting, needing excessive reassurance from others, etc.)
- Oppositional behaviour in children and adolescents
- Organisational challenges regarding employees’ behaviour
- Posttraumatic stress from personal or work incidents
- Stress from infertility treatment
- Stress-related chronic illness (cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.)
- Weight control struggles
- Workplace conflicts
*Clinical Psychologist, Not Medical Doctor or Dentist