Our Team

We are made up of a diverse team of clinicians and consultants



Dr. Brian K. W. Ho
Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

MBBS (University Malaya), F.R.C. Psych (UK)
M. Psych. Med (University Malaya)
Academy of Medicine (Malaya)

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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.

Dr. Eugene Koh

Trainee Medical Lecturer and Trainee Psychiatrist at University Putra Malaysia
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Dr. Eugene Koh is a trainee medical lecturer and trainee psychiatrist at University Putra Malaysia (UPM). His professional experience includes working in Hospital Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh and Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Currently Dr Eugene is pursuing his post-graduate training in psychiatry. He has keen interest in psychotherapy and sports psychiatry.

Dr. Chester Chong Seng Choi

MD (UPM), MMed (Psych), MRCPsych (UK)
Psychiatrist and Medical Lecturer at University Putra Malaysia
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Dr. Chester Chong is a psychiatrist and lecturer at University Putra Malaysia. His professional experience includes working in Hospital Kajang and Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Utillizing his expertise, he has previously provided numerous national and international crisis supports. He also actively gives public talks to raise mental health awareness among multiple corporate companies. He is a member in the Malaysian Society of Behavioural Medicine. He has keen interest in psychotherapy, psychosexual problems and personality disorders.

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Dr. Lua Yuan Hao

Trainee psychiatrist under University Putra Malaysia

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Dr. Lua is a trainee psychiatrist under University Putra Malaysia (UPM). His professional experience includes serving in the psychiatric unit of Hospital Keningau, Sabah and Hospital Kuala Lumpur. He is currently pursuing his post-graduate training in psychiatry.

Dr. Beatrice Ng Andrew

M. Psych. Med (University Malaya)

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Dr Beatrice Ng Andrew is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is a lifetime member of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association and is actively involved in their Early Career Psychiatrist unit. Her professional experience includes working in Hospital Permai Johor Bahru, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, and University Malaya Medical Centre. Her areas of interest include community psychiatry and recovery-oriented psychiatric care.

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Dr. Mahadir Ahmad
Clinical Psychologist

Master in Clinical Psychology (UKM)
Head of the Health Psychology Programme
Faculty of Health Sciences
B. Psych. (Industrial & Organisational) (UMS)
M.A Clin. Psych. (UKM)
PG. Dip. Psych. (Aberdeen, UK)
PhD. in Clinical Health Psychology (Aberdeen, UK.)

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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.


Chia Kueh Cheng
Clinical Psychologist

Bachelor Degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology (UTM)
Master Degree in Clinical Psychology (UKM)

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Kueh Cheng is a clinical psychologist who has worked predominantly with substance and behavior addiction issues, as well as psychosocial issues with bipolar and schizophrenia population. Besides that, she is interested to work with people who have difficulties to adjust their lifestyle changes especially with diabetes and skin disease population. Her professional experiences include working at the government hospital, addiction rehabilitation center, and community center. She believes that helping others embrace her personal, professional, and spiritual growth.


Goh Kay Jean
Clinical Psychologist

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology (Cardiff University, Wales)
Master of Clinical Psychology (HELP)

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Goh Kay Jean holds a Master of Clinical Psychology (HELP) and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology (Cardiff University). She has worked with clients from different backgrounds and age groups, using various techniques according to their needs, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness. Her experience includes providing individual and group therapy for clients with varying needs, such as depression, anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep issues, family conflicts, demotivation, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. She has also conducted a number of psychological assessments with both children and adults.

Her aim is to try and help people deal with their emotional and psychological difficulties towards a path on which they can take charge of their lives. She believes in working collaboratively with clients to address their areas of concern in a safe and non-judgemental environment


Jacqueline Foo
Clinical Psychologist

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (James Cook University)
Masters of Clinical Psychology (HELP)

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Jacqueline Foo is a Clinical Psychologist who had the opportunity to study both in Australia and locally, which allows her to be more receptive and understanding of different cultural values and beliefs. She is trained in providing therapeutic interventions in particular Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while incorporating mindfulness practices. Besides that, Jacqueline is also trained in administering a wide array of research-based psychological, psychometric and cognitive assessments. She has conducted multiple workshops on various topics. Jacqueline’s main areas of interest comprise mood and anxiety disorders, relationship/family issues, low self-esteem and stress-related problems. She also enjoys working with children and teenagers.

In her work, she emphasizes on helping individuals build self-respect, self-confidence, and self-compassion. She believes that these skills are necessary in order for individuals to develop further self-awareness on their strengths and weaknesses to help facilitate their cognitive, emotional and psychosocial development.

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Darlina Hani Bt Fadil Azim
Clinical Psychologist

MHSc. Clin. Psych. (IIUM)
Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

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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 Tham Sin Yi
Clinical Psychologist

BPsych (Hons) (HELP University)
PGCert Special Needs (The University of Nottingham)
M. Clin. Psych. (HELP University)

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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.

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Justine Thong Jian Ai
Clinical Psychologist

BPsych (Hons) (HELP University)
M. Clin. Psych. (HELP University)

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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.


Katyana Azman
Child Psychologist

BSc (Melb)
GDipPsych (Melb)
MSc Health Psych (Lond)

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Prior to returning to Malaysia in 2013, Katyana obtained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Deakin University, Australia. She was then awarded a Master of Science in Health Psychology by City University London, United Kingdom – which was afforded to her for her research on the emotional ramifications of childhood asthma on Malaysian paediatric patients at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). Katyana began working with children as a Career Experience Intern at Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, before going on to join ABC Children Specialist Clinic in Petaling Jaya – providing consultations for the patients and families affected by behavioural disorders. A year later, Katyana helped establish Kids Therapy, a multidisciplinary support centre for children with special needs – with clinics in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan. Most recently, Katyana was appointed as the resident Child Psychologist at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where she is similarly responsible for carrying out assessments and interventions for children with psychological afflictions, whilst simultaneously establishing a network of support for their primary caregivers.

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Dr. Siti Irma Fadilah Bt Ismail
Clinical Psychologist

B.Sc. Psych. (USA), M.A. Clin. Psych. (UKM)
PhD in Epidemiology & Public Health
(LSHTM, University of London)

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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.


Ruthra Devi Krishnan
Clinical Psychologist

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Psychology (UKM)
Masters of Clinical Psychology (UKM)

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Ruthra is a clinical psychologist who is professionally trained in administering a wide array of research-based psychological and cognitive assessments, providing diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and prevention for populations experiencing a variety of mental illnesses. She is eligible to provide individual and family-based interventions for individuals on issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, bullying, abuse, trauma, behavioural issues, developmental issues, social difficulties, learning or academic difficulties, grief and loss, family separation or conflict, self-esteem, coping with change and life adjustments. She has experience in a range of clinical settings such as government hospital, non-governmental organizations and private mental health service. She has training and experience of working with clients from different cultural and religious backgrounds and work with clients irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or race.

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Thang Mee Yuen
Clinical Psychologist

M. Clin. Psych. (University Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Post. Grad. Dip. (Health Psychology) (UKM)
B. Mass Communication (University Sains Malaysia)

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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.


Saralla (Sara) Chettiar
Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons) Human Development UPM
Master’s in Clinical Psychology at University Kebangsaan
Ph.D. in Psychology from Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Ms. Saralla (Sara) Chettiar graduated with a BSc (Hons) Human Development UPM and went on to complete her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is currently in her final year of her Ph.D. in Psychology from Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. Her primary research interest includes creating evidence-based psychological interventions centred around coping and resilience in general and high-risk populations. Her other research focus includes investigating methods of delivering psychological focussed on coping, anxiety management and depression interventions either online and/ or via AI methods (i.e.mobile apps) in teens and adult populations.
A qualified Clinical Psychologist, she currently has her clinical practice at Island Hospital Penang. There she focuses on conducting evidence-based interventions and assessments for teens and adults. Prior to 2018, she was a sessional clinical psychologist in the Peadiatric department in Penang General Hospital (PGH), and a visiting Clinical Psychologist and former adjunct lecturer at Penang Medical College.
She is currently a member of Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology, New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS), Member (MBPsS 379051), Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), UK & General Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology.


Saralla Chettiar. Review of Allister Macintyre, Daniel Lagacé-Roy and Douglas R. Lindsay, eds. Global Views on Military Stress and Resilience. Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2017. Pp. 272. Text in Canadian Military History 28, no. 2 (2019)

de Terte, I., Chettiar, S. M., & Gammon, R. A. (2018, October). Psychological resilience:
A model and treatment manual based on scientific evidence.
Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, Toronto, Canada.

Tan, M. L., Foong, S. C., Foong, W. C., Yusuff, Y., & Chettiar, S. M. (2016).
Tocotrienol-rich fractions (TRF) supplementation in school-going children with Attention
Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD): a randomized controlled trial. BMC Nutrition, 2(1).

Keith Harry Rantai
Business Development Manager

B.A. (Hons) Business Studies (UEL)
M. Entrep (HELP)

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Zaiton Muhammad
Admin Manager

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Santhiya Nadaraja
Admin Assistant

Chung Han Yang
Registered & Licensed Counselor

B.Ed. Guidance & Counseling (University Putra Malaysia)
Master of Public Health (University of Nottingham, UK)

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Han Yang is a registered and licensed counselor (KB, PA) with the Board of Counselor Malaysia, and a life member of Association of Counseling Malaysia (PERKAMA). He completed his MPH training in UK with Chevening Scholarship and has worked in the Department of Medicine, Hospital Sungai Buloh providing psychosocial support and counseling to individual/family infected and affected by chronic HIV infection in the hospital. He is particularly interested in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and believe strongly on individuals having the ability to generate solutions to overcome challenges in life. He has strong passion in HIV counseling, and experience providing counseling on issues around recreational drug use, sexuality, loss & grief and relationship counseling.

Han Yang has also conducted sessions and trainings on crisis management/loss and grief issues in the community, supporting clients from the banking sector, oil and gas sector, as well as crisis call center. He has been invited to conduct training for doctors and paramedics on HIV counseling through Malaysian Society of HIV Medicine (MASHM), numerous State Health Departments, and the College of Allied Health Sciences, Ministry of Health. Han Yang is also active member in NGO work for the past 10 years and have organized various trainings for Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC)

Ian Lee Zheng Yang
Registered & Licensed Counselor
(KB09206, PA08820)

BA (Hons) Psychology (HELP)
MA Professional Counselling (Monash)

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Ian is a registered and licensed counsellor with the Board of Counsellor Malaysia (LKM). Previously serving as a graduate tutor in HELP after completing his Bachelor in Psychology degree, he subsequently completed his Master in Professional Counselling in Monash. Through his trainings, he has worked or collaborated with a range of organisations including international school, vocational school, religious institution, NGO, and corporation to provide mental health services, events, and awareness programmes.

Ian’s practice as a counsellor is informed by multiple approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Choice Theory/Reality Therapy (CTRT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). He believes in working with clients to get in touch with their emotions, build awareness of their thoughts, and take helpful actions by making informed choices to fulfil their own potential as a whole person.

Julia Choo
Registered & Licensed Counselor

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) Psychology (UTAR)
Master in Counselling (HELP University)

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Julia is a registered and licensed counsellor with the Board of Counsellor Malaysia (LKM). She has completed her Master degree in Counselling in Help University. Through her trainings, she has provided mental health services and awareness programmes to university students, government schools, refugee schools, children’s homes, and NGO.

Julia is actively volunteering herself for child helpline in Malaysia and providing counselling service to both children and adults.

The approaches she applies include Person Centered Therapy (PCT), Choice Theory Reality Therapy (CTRT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – DNA-V Model. She believes that we might not be able to change what happened in the past but we can choose how to respond to it. She believes that with guidance and professional skills, everyone has the ability to breakthrough tough time and achieve their full potential.

Yaqin Jelani
Registered and Licensed Counselor
(KB09433, PA09056)

BA (Hons) Psychology (IIUM)
MEd Guidance and Counseling (UTM)

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Yaqin is a registered professional counselor under the Malaysian Board of Counsellors (LKM). He completed his Masters in Counselling in UTM while working with an NGO that focuses on empowering refugees through education. Throughout his training, Yaqin has counseled secondary school students on various academic and personal issues. He has also worked with a medical NGO, providing health education and counseling.

Yaqin has also worked with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups to overcome issues such as stress, self-esteem, domestic violence, addiction, life adjustment, and relationship difficulties. Through his involvement in voluntary work, he has also joined various psychoeducation initiatives within the focus of mental health awareness, reproductive health and leadership as a way to giving back to society.

Yaqin’s incorporates a “Person Centered Therapy with the blend of Choice Theory/Reality Therapy (CTRT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach in helping people realizing their potential. He believes that everyone has the capacity to grow and live a meaningful life no matter how bad the situation is.

Ee Lin
Registered & Licensed Counselor
No. KB08556; PA08151

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Professional in Nursing (SEGI University)
Master of Counselling (HELP University)

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Ee Lin is a registered and licensed counsellor with the Board of Counsellor Malaysia (LKM). She holds her Master’s in Counselling from HELP University.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, Ee Lin trained and worked as a registered nurse for 5 years, and then later as a social worker at a domestic violence shelter. She has experience providing counselling to adults from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, working particularly with issues around depression, anxiety, loneliness, and low self-esteem. In her approach, she incorporates person-centred and psychodynamic therapy in her practice. She aims to build a warm and collaborative relationship with her clients where they can safely explore their past and present concerns. Her goal is to help her clients understand what has gone in their past that is affecting their ability to cope in the present, and to consider new changes they would like to make in their lives.

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