Dr. Siti Irma is a trained clinical psychologist and is a Director of Effective Living, a center that offers a broad range of psychological services. She is also attached to the Psychiatry Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia, since 2001. Her main clinical and research interests are implications of depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders and stress-related conditions such post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), at both the individual and societal level. She utilizes mostly Cognitive and Behavioral approaches in therapy as well as provides long term Supportive Psychotherapy for individuals with chronic mental disorders. Dr. Irma is also involved in managing critical incidences following workplace emergencies and disasters.
She has conducted and facilitated workshops and training on issues such as stress management, self-confidence, workplace conflict, behavioral change at the workplace, and psychological first aid, for small groups and within large-scale formats. In relation to psycho-education, she has also presented public talks on numerous mental health topics geared to diverse audiences.
Dr. Mahadir Ahmad is a senior lecturer and Head of the Health Psychology Programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, The National University of Malaysia (UKM). He was trained in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at University Malaysia Sabah for his bachelor's degree and he pursued his master's degree in Clinical Psychology at UKM. He obtained his Ph.D. from the College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, The United Kingdom. His research interests include psychological preparation for stressful medical procedures, stress and mental health in special populations and psychological intervention for anxiety. He is also a qualified clinical psychologist conducting psychological assessments and interventions for adults and children at Health Psychology Clinic and Centre for Effective Living. He conducted several psychological intervention programmes such as parenting for parents with autistic children, psychological first aid for grief and trauma, psychological first aid for torture victims and stress management for special populations. He delivered public lectures on stress at work place, work and life balance, psychical exercise and psychological well-being, psychology of eating, community mental health screening and psychological preparation for stressful medical procedures. He is currently a member of Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, European Health Psychology Society and Malaysian Psychiatric Association.
Low Jia Liang is a clinical psychologist currently pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University Putra Malaysia. He is a member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychologists. His professional experiences includes practicing as a trainee clinical psychologist in HELP University's Centre for Psychological and Counseling services, working as a clinical psychologist in Hospital Kajang and he currently is a consultant clinical psychologist in Effective Living, Malaysia. He has also tutored psychology in HELP University as well as an assistant lecturer for Cognitive Behavior Therapy training sessions (Level 1).
Low Jia Liang is a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) trained therapist and it his main method of therapy. Low Jia Liang has a keen interest in a myriad of psychological and developmental disorders, comfortably working with children, adolescents as well as adult populations. He offers psychotherapy, assessments (e.g. IQ testing, personality assessments, ADHD screening) and behavioral management (e.g. school resistance, behavioral problems).
Serena In holds a Master of Clinical Psychology (HELP) and a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Psychology (Upper Iowa). She has been lecturing Psychology at different programs with experience in the Excel A-levels system, Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) programme, and currently in the Centre of American Education (CAE), Sunway University. She also has international experience as an external marker for the Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE), upon invitation by the Government of Western Australia.
A registered member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychologists (MSCP), her experience includes providing individual and group therapy for clients from ages 2 - 70 years with varying needs: stress, anxiety, depression, academic struggles, demotivation, family conflicts, marital issues, and parenting challenges. She also facilitates talks in the area of stress management, time management, improving parent-child relationships, and work-life balance to various corporate companies in Klang Valley. She has written articles in Health Works online newsletter, SJ Echo newsletter, The Edge and Malay Mail online newspapers on topics such as "What to do if your child has ADHD", "Dealing with Grief" and "Safety and Prevention from Kidnapping". She is also currently a PhD candidate at Monash University in the area of Parenting/Family Intervention and Preventing Addictions on the Internet Among Children/Adolescents. Her passion is in helping build healthy and resilient families to face the challenges in modern society.
Han Yang is a registered and licensed counselor (KB, PA) with the Board of Counselor Malaysia, and currently attached to the Kuala Lumpur AIDS Support Services Society (KLASS). He has worked with the Department of Medicine, Hospital Sungai Buloh by providing psychosocial support and counseling to individual/family infected and affected by chronic HIV infection in the hospital.
He has conducted sessions and trainings on crisis management / loss and grief issues in the community, supporting clients from the banking sector, oil and gas sector, airline company, as well as crisis call center. He has involved in training doctors and paramedics on HIV counseling for State Health Departments, Malaysian Society of HIV Medicine (MASHM) and the College of Allied Health Sciences, Ministry of Health. Han Yang is also actively involved in NGO work for the past 6 years by volunteering and organizing trainings for Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) and KLASS.
He has special interest in the area of HIV counseling, as well as issues around recreational drug use, sexuality, loss and grief, psychological first aid.
Abd Haris Bin Mohd Darudin is a psychology officer currently pursuing his PhD in Measurement and Evaluation from University of Malaya. He is a member of Psychological Testing, Public Service Department of Malaysia. His professional experiences include practicing as a trainee psychologist in International Islamic University Malaysia, Hospital Kajang and Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Before study leave, he worked as a pioneer psychology officer in the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism, Malaysia for 5 years and 8 months. Currently, he is a consultant psychologist in Effective Living, Malaysia. He has also tutored psychology in Open University Malaysia for Cognitive Psychology, Adjustment Psychology, Psychological Testing, Adult & Old Age Psychology and Motivation.
Abd Haris Bin Mohd Darudin is used various methods such Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client Centered Therapy and Islamic Approach depending on clients in order to provide professional helps. Abd Haris Bin Mohd Darudin has a keen interest in organizational psychology, career and personal development, self growth, conflicts, comfortably working with adolescents and adults populations. He offers counseling, psychotherapy, psychological consultation, psychological assessments (e.g. Personality Assessments, Career Testing etc.).
Thang Mee Yuen is a certified clinical psychologist who is also trained in therapeutic play skills by Play Therapy International, UK and a certified trainer in emotional literacy accredited by Sophia College, Western Australia. She is experienced in conducting psychometric assessments and working therapeutically with both adults and children. Besides working one on one with her clients, she also facilitates workshops for self-growth and parenting for adults, and teaching mindfulness meditation to children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in combining cognitive behavioral approach with expressive arts in conflict resolution, grief and loss, and empowerment.
Prior to joining Effective Living, Mee Yuen worked therapeutically with children aged 7 to 17 years at a private school in Kuala Lumpur. At the school, she also conducted motivation and personal safety seminars, and workshops on time management, anger management and stress management.
Shawn Lee Ji Kwan is a clinical psychologist, currently pursuing his PhD in psychological medicine at the Putra University of Malaysia. His areas of interest include pain management, psychometric testing, and a wide range of mental health issues. Shawn has been working with patients with chronic pain in a multidisciplinary team for several years and has developed a deep passion for the psychological management of pain as a whole. His doctoral research is on the use of clinical hypnosis during the peril-surgical period to manage post-surgical acute pain and psychological distress so to reduce the risk of chronic post-surgical pain.
Shawn has been trained in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and clinical hypnosis for depression, anxiety, and pain. He has been trained in conducting individual and group CBT for patients with chronic pain. Shawn has also received the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) approved training in hypnosis and has been registered as a student affiliate member with the society (member ID: 25812).
Darlina Hani is a trained clinical psychologist and a full-member of Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP). As a clinician, she has worked with children, adolescent, and adult clients in providing psychotherapy on mental health issues. This includes cases such as anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment difficulties and relationship challenges. Her clinical experience was with the leading public health care facilities - Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Pusat Perubatan UKM. She has also taught at several local universities in their psychology department and medical faculty.
Cheryl holds a Master of Clinical Psychology (HELP) and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (HELP). In addition, she also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Needs (The University of Nottingham). Cheryl is a registered full member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP). She has worked with a diverse clinical population consisting of children, adolescents and adults of different ethnic backgrounds with a variety of mental health conditions. This includes cases of depression, anxiety, psychosis, various neurodevelopmental disorders, adjustment difficulties, behavioral problems, relationship conflicts, academic and occupational challenges. Her clinical experience has been with prominent public health care facility (Hospital Kajang), non-governmental organization (Health Equity Initiatives) and private center (Effective Living Sdn. Bhd.). As a practicing clinician, her scope of expertise extends to providing psychological assessments, diagnosis and counselling/psychotherapeutic interventions via evidence based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Cheryl is passionate about helping her clients achieve clinical stability and acquire adaptive coping skills with close consideration of their complex social context, and working jointly with their families or significant social relationships where relevant. She is also dedicated to empowering her community with mental health knowledge/awareness and has facilitated wellness talks and mental health trainings with university students, mental health trainees, refugee communities, medical personnel and various corporate clients in the Klang Valley. She has delivered sessions on depression and suicide, grief and loss, stress management, mindfulness, work-life integration and promoting emotional wellbeing in the workplace.
Putri Intan Dianah is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children and adults with developmental and mental disorders such as Autism, Learning Disorders, Depression and Anxiety for children and adults. She had 2 years of experience working at Hospital Kuala Lumpur at Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, Adult and Child Clinic. She had her clinical training at Hospital Selayang and Hospital Kuala Lumpur and she is a member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychologists.
She does psychological assessments for the purpose of diagnosis on children and adults like IQ testing, Autism and ADHD Screening and Diagnosis, assessment on learning difficulties and neuropsychology assessment. She also does individualized intervention plans for management of disorders and psychotherapy for adults and children. Currently, she is holding a post as a lecturer at a private institution, teaching psychology and behavioral science.
Maj (Rtd) Ooi Boon Keat is currently a registered and licensed counselor under Malaysia Board of Counselor. He is also the member of Persatuan Kaunseling Malaysia (PERKAMA). He specializes in cognitive psychology especially in learning, which focuses on Learning Difficulties especially Reading Difficulties (RD). He also helps children with disciplinary problems, parenting and family issues. His career has led him to specialize increasingly in the human development. He has experiences in counseling, training and lecturing by extensive organizations, which he has helped to train army personnel, plan lessons for higher learning and the application of psychological approaches (through staff motivation and involvement in both decision-making and target-setting, clarity in communication, and easy personal inter-relations).
His cosmopolitan background as registered counselor, military officer and analytical interests in psychology with broader continuum of human subjects development has also left him confident in handling different approaches to otherwise common problems. He is now the Director for The Learning Centre that has been operating for child development and educational programs center for past few years. The center is collaborating with J.P.Das Developmental Disabilities Centre, Alberta University, and Edmonton, Canada. It generates keen interest of knowing more on psychology and human development.
Ms. Saralla (Sara) Chettiar graduated with a BSc (Hons) Human Development UPM, and went on to completed 1st year Masters in Clinical Psychology at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and then completed 2 years of professional clinical training at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is also recently acquired credential as a registered researcher/investigator for clinical research by Clinical Research Centre Malaysia. In New Zealand, Ms. Sara was an intern both at Canterbury Women’s Hospital and St. Margaret’s Youth and Family Unit, Christchurch. Back in Malaysia, she completed her practicum at HUKM, PGH & at HUKM (KL branch).
She is currently a Visiting Consultant Clinical Psychologist both at Island Hospital Penang and Penang General Hospital (Paediatric Department) since 2008 and 2009 respectively and Ms. Sara utilizes formal neuropsychological assessments for adult and children at the hospital in addressing anxiety and mood disorder symptoms. Her therapy mode is primarily of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Family Therapy.
She is also committed to give periodic internal talks and writes articles in the quarterly in-house bulletin. At the Penang General Hospital at the Paediatric department she provides psychological intervention (cognitive behavioural therapy approach) , family therapy, psychoeducation, and behaviour modification in children.
Ms. Sara’s interest is particularly in anxiety, depression and psychosomatic illness in children. She is well versed in paediatric psychometric assessments and current is involved in screening ADHD children in a research titled Tocotrienols supplementation in school going children with ADHD-A randomized controlled trial via Penang Medical College, approved by the National Medical Research Register (NMRR). She has currently embarked on a PhD programme at Nottingham University (Malaysia Campus).
Thong Jian Ai (Justine) holds a Master of Clinical Psychology (HELP) and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (HELP). Justine is a registered member of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Malaysia (AMFTM). She has worked with children, adolescents and adults from various backgrounds and with mental health challenges such as anxiety, burnout, depression, grief, learning disabilities, relational issues, chronic pain management, psychosis, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.
Her previous training and clinical experiences include placements in both private (Mentem Psychological Services, ACTS Clinic and Center for Psychological and Counselling Service) and public settings (Hospital Kajang, Hospital Selayang). As a practitioner, the breadth of her clinical work includes psychological assessments, diagnosis, and psychotherapeutic/counselling interventions through therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Having a desire to promote mental health awareness and wellbeing among communities and groups, Justine has also conducted workshops and trainings to that effect in a number of children homes, shelters and refugee centres. She believes that therapy enables individuals to explore possibilities for insight, change and positive movement in their situation.
Dr Brian Ho is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist practicing in Pantai Hospital, Bangsar, and Kuala Lumpur. He was formerly Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Head in the Department of Psychiatry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He is a member in the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA), the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and an International Advisory Board member for the International Review of Psychiatry.
Dr Ho has extensive experience in the fields of addiction, suicidal behaviors, and depression, individual and couple therapy. Utilizing his training in psychotherapy, his expertise has extended into the area of Crisis support and providing counseling for traumatized employees in disasters and robberies, assisting and advising management and key personnel during crisis, and providing backup medical support to the psychological crisis team. He is also the author of several professional journals and books on topics like HIV infection, suicide and drug addiction.
Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at "Women's Desk of the Archdiocese Office for Human Development", Kuala Lumpur 2011
Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya. 2010
Senior Staff Specialist, Consultant Psychiatrist, Alcohol & Drug Program, ACT Health, Australia 2008
Psychiatrist, Head of Department and Associate Professor in Psychiatry, International Medical
University & Honorary Psychiatrist, Hospital Seremban. 2000 - 2008
Consultant Psychiatrist, Earthquake and Tsunami Emergency Support Project (ETESP) of the Asian Development Bank (Sept - November 2007 assigned to Aceh, Indonesia)
Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at Apollo TTDI Medical Centre 2003
Postgraduate Overseas Specialist Training 2002
Based in Penang, Dr Prem is currently the Affiliate Consultant Psychiatrist at Penang Gleneagles Medical Centre (GMC), and a Resident Consultant NeuroBehavioural Physician at Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH). He received his M.B.B.S. at Manipal, India in 1992, his Masters in Psychological Medicine at Universiti Malaya in 2000.
Dr Prem is a well-known speaker, trainer and presented. Topics presented were on epilepsy, depression, suicide, violence, dementia, and stress, just to name a few. He has also been actively involved in conferences, local and overseas, and many of his articles have been featured in prominent psychiatric journals as well as magazines.
Dr Hamidin Awang qualified as medical doctor from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in 1996. Hereafter he was trained as psychiatrist at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital. During his career as a Psychiatrist in Hospital Kuala Lumpur he worked in Substance Addiction Clinic and involved in setting up Methadone Replacement Therapy program for heroin addiction in Malaysia in 2005. He subsequently completed his Fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hospital Kuala Lumpur from 2007 to 2009. He embarked on Royal Australia New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)-accredited Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Western Australia from 2010 to 2011, where he was Senior Registrar looking after Acute Service, Paediatric Consultation Liasion and a highly specialised unit cater for traumatise and behaviourally disturbed young people, Family Pathways. Dr Hamidin assesses and treats children, young people and adult. He deals with a wide range of psychiatric problems in adult. He has a special interest in attachment-based parenting and managing emotional and behavioural disorders in child and adolescent including ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, school refusal, depression, anxiety disorders and childhood emotional disorders. He is a long standing member of Malaysian Medical Association, Malaysia Psychiatric Association and Malaysian Society of Behavioural Sciences and Academy of Medicine of Malaysia.
Dr NoorJan is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer in Psychiatric Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Services, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Prior to joining UPM, Dr NoorJan’s professional experience included working in Kubang Kerian, Kota Bahru, Brunei and Myanmar.
At present, Dr NoorJan lectures and supervises medical students, besides managing and treating patients in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, and Kajang General Hospital. Her special interest lies in child and adolescent psychiatry, and is particularly interested in promoting parenting skills in adolescence. Dr NoorJan has also presented and organized workshops, with focus on topics, such as counseling, sleeping disorder, and psychological intervention in trauma aftermath. Her skills have also been employed in trauma management, in which she was a volunteer psychiatrist in Clinic for Tsunami Victims at Kuala Muda, Kedah in year 2005.
Dr Bharathi is a lecturer and psychiatrist in Faculty of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her professional experience includes working in Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), and Hospital Permai, in which her duties involved planning of psychiatric programmes, lecturing and supervising medical staffs (i.e., medical officers and nurses), and managing psychiatric patient wards.
With special interest in geriatric psychiatry, Dr Bharathi is a an active member in the Malaysian Society of Healthy Ageing, and is a volunteer psychiatrist for geriatric mental health in St.Francis Xavier home for Elderly run by Little Sisters of the Poor. Following by that, she has also been invited to conferences to present her research and experiences. Besides utilizing her skills in clinical work, Dr Bharathi has offered her services to corporate companies in providing trauma debriefing, and individual psychotherapy for trauma management. At present, she is in Australia completing her Ph.D research on geriatrics psychiatry.
Dr Chester Chong is a trainee medical lecturer and trainee psychiatrist at University Putra Malaysia (UPM). He is a member in the Malaysian Psychotherapy Association. His professional experience includes working in Hospital Kajang and Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Currently Dr Chester is pursuing his post-graduate training in psychiatry. He has keen interest in psychotherapy and psychosexual problems.
Dr Michael Ang is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer in Faculty of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is a lifetime member of Malaysia Psychiatric Asscociation and actively involves in the Young Psychiatrist Section. His professional experience includes working in Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center (UKMMC) and Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Currently Dr Michael is lecturing and supervising medical students. He is also providing medical education to supporting staff such as nurses and paramedics by organizing workshops and group discussion. He has keen interest in battling stigma among mentally ill and promoting better care.
With special interest in mood disorders and psychotherapy, Dr Michael is offering psychotherapy and counseling help to clients who have mood/emotional problems. His skills have also been employed in supervising post graduate students in conducting psychotherapy.
Soo Hua is a certified Professional Image Consultant, Professional Makeup Artist, and a passionate stylist.
She completed her tertiary education at University Putra Malaysia, majoring in Corporate Communication. She spent seven years as a marketer at Resorts World Genting, and had her big break into the fashion world by joining Asia’s leading fashion empire, Valiram Group before she decided to pursue her passion in image consulting. During her time in the corporate world, she realised that an important ingredient of corporate success is professional appearance!
She had completed a Professional Makeup Artist course at Diva Production, Celebrity Makeup and Models Academy, which is among the most sought-after makeup schools in Malaysia. Her professional makeup portfolio includes the Malaysia Fashion Week (Oct-2014), Faces of Youth (Nov-2014), and Hong Kong celebrity photoshoots.
As part of her training in image consulting, she took up a Fashion Image and Styling course in Istituto Marangoni - The School of Fashion, Art & Design in London. Her experiences and the people she met in London, one of the world’s most fashion-forward and cosmopolitan cities, continue to inspire her to this day. Further to that, she had completed a Professional Image Consultant programme at ByFERIAL International, which is certified by the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). There she gained a deep understanding of Colour Theory and the corporate aspects of fashion and styling.
Soo Hua specialise in personal image consultation, as well as conducting training and workshop to corporate clients. Her previous corporate clients include AT&T Malaysia, IBM Malaysia and Cabana Avenue. With her practical experience in the corporate world, her formal makeup and fashion image training, and her natural sense of style, Soo Hua is passionate about helping both ladies and gentlemen to become stylish individuals and confident corporate citizens.