Dian is an inclusive & LGBTQ+-affirming counselling psychologist based in Singapore. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Greenwich University and completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in the Netherlands. Dian is an Indonesian national who has lived in Indonesia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Singapore, and is familiar with the challenges and changes (cultural, societal, financial, social, emotional etc) one might experience during a transition to a new location.
She is trained in and practises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Internal Family System-informed therapy, has attended stage 1 of 2 of EMDR Basic training and is passionate about using a person-centred approach to work with her clients’ innate strength and resources in navigating new or difficult circumstances. Her therapy approaches are trauma-informed and are built on clients’ awareness and understanding of patterns from the past, including early life and childhood experiences.
Dian offers therapy services to adolescents and adults in the areas of understanding thoughts, emotions, unhealthy patterns, managing mood & behaviours, interpersonal issues, adjustment to life changes (e.g. retirement, grief, etc), difficulties relating to sexuality and gender identity, & caregiving-related concerns. Her background in the corporate sector (advertising, marketing) also allows her to understand and empathize with the challenges presented by the fast-paced and demanding nature of Singapore’s working world, as well as relate to individuals who are pursuing their life’s passion/ a career shift in their lives.
Having worked for several years in the social service sector in Singapore, Dian has been highly supportive of the older adults/ elderly, including those with dementia. She has received intermediate training on dementia from the Community Psychogeriatric Programme by Changi General Hospital and is a strong advocate for quality of life and mental wellbeing for all ages.
Dian is also a regular speaker of mental health workshops at the Healthy Workplace Ecosystem initiative, offered in partnership with the Health Promotion Board (HPB). Her other past public sharing and engagements include speaking at the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival, Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference, Enabling Festival, Singapore Mental Health Film Festival, and Alzheimer’s Disease International.