Clinical Psychologist working with children and adolescents
Alyssa is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Singapore Register of Psychologists and is a Registered Circle of Security® Parenting Facilitator. She is completing registration as a Play Therapist.
Background & Experience
Alyssa’s main area of interest is working with children and families. She provides clinical assessment and treatment for emotional and behavioural difficulties in pre-schoolers, children and adolescents, including anxiety, depression, selective mutism, anger and emotion regulation, grief and loss, phobias, social skills, adjustment difficulties/life transitions, and attachment and relationship difficulties.
Since 2010, Alyssa has worked across a variety of settings including hospitals, private practice, and community mental health. She has clinical experience in individual counselling and psychotherapy, crisis management, psychological assessment, group facilitation and collaborating with families, schools and community organisations.
Alyssa’s therapeutic approach is integrative and informed by a combination of modalities to best support each individual client including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), play therapy, creative and expressive therapies (such as sand, movement and art) mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), functional analytic psychology (FAP), motivational interviewing (MI), and psychodynamic and family systems approaches. She believes that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not apply to the therapeutic process, and she engages with clients in a flexible, collaborative and child-centred way.
Most importantly, Alyssa believes that establishing a trusting client-therapist relationship and creating a supportive, nurturing space is essential for healing and growth in your child. Because coming to therapy can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, it is important to Alyssa that all therapy sessions take place in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
By gently exploring the challenges that your child is facing, Alyssa aims to help them improve their ability to express themselves and positively cope with their feelings. It is important to her that a child maintains the positive relationships in their lives, so collaboration with parents and family is always a part of the therapeutic process.
Outside of the therapy room, Alyssa is a keen traveller, dog-lover and mother of two young girls. She moved to Singapore in 2012 and has previously lived in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, so she has first-hand experience of the adventures and challenges that come with being a third culture kid.