Jean is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). Graduating with First Class Honours in Psychology, Jean was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship topursue both her PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her PhD dissertation explored the relationships between emotion dysregulation, impulsivity and self-harm behaviour in Borderline Personality Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.
Since her adolescent years, Jean has been passionate about alleviating human suffering and helping others (and herself) experience freedom from the inner prisons that limit one from living life to the fullest. Recognising that everyone carries their own personalised recipe of biochemistry, personality, psychology, and history, Jean provides individually-tailored therapy, where she draws on her training in a range of therapeutic modalities including Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Motivational Therapy. She is anchored in her belief that every human being is precious, special, irreplaceable, dignified, and worthy of love. Following this, Jean’s therapy style is non-judgemental, compassionate, respectful, collaborative, warm, and safe.
Jean has experience working in acute hospital and community mental health settings in Singapore and Australia. Her previous work experience includes providing individual and group therapy, as well as conducting assessments of clients’ cognitive and mental health status. Jean was widely involved in improving access to mental health treatment within the community through raising awareness of mental health issues and increasing the competency of mental health interventions. She accomplished this through writing publications and delivering trainings for doctors, nurses, counsellors, social workers, and case workers. She is currently teaching at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and has previously taught at the University of Melbourne (Australia) and James Cook University (Singapore). She has also presented her research in Copenhagen at the 2013 Annual Conference for the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Congress (ISSPD) and in Singapore at the 2015 Eastern Health Alliance Scientific Meeting.
Jean’s special interest is in helping her clients to build a positive relationship with themselves. This includes understanding the role and function of all emotions so as to be empowered by them, challenging limiting thoughts and beliefs, and curiously exploring the deeper unconscious reasons behind why each of us feel, react, and behave the way we do so that healing can happen. Jean is convicted that when one is able to build a positive relationship with oneself, a positive cycle will be powerfully generated, leading to better relationships with others, improved mood, increased energy, better concentration, higher motivation, and a deeper sense of purpose, contentment, and fulfilment.
Jean’s other clinical interests include the treatment of depression, anxiety (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks and disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobia), eating disorders, insomnia, emotional dysregulation, anger management, and personality disorders. Jean provides therapeutic support for people facing relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, life transitions, stress and burnout, chronic low mood and apathy, chronic mild anxiety, longstanding emptiness, struggles stemming from childhood experiences, cultural displacement, loss and grief, as well as parenting challenges. In addition, Jean provides psychotherapy to people who may not suffer from a psychological condition but who seek personal and spiritual growth. She believes that psychotherapy and spiritual growth complement each other – for it is only when we pay attention to our inner psychological states and what they can teach us, that we can lead a wiser and more wholesome life.
Jean has lived in Melbourne (Australia) for 10 years and New York (United States of America) for a year. She is experienced with family and culture specific challenges faced by both Singaporean and expatriate populations.
Cheng, J. & Tan, W. H. (2016). Emotion Regulation Skills for Primary Care Physicians. The Singapore Family Physician, 42(1), 21-26.