Counsellor & Parenting Coach working with children, adolescents and adults
Master of Counselling, Australia MA in Human Resources, Switzerland
Background and Experience
Maheen has a Masters in Counselling from Monash University and is a registered member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She has clinical experience working with teenagers, young children (9 years and above) and with parents both as a counsellor at an international school as well as in private practices across Singapore.
Born in Belgium and having grown up in Europe, America, Middle East and Asia, Maheen brings a unique cultural awareness to her counselling experience. Her experiences of living in various countries and cultures has empowered and informed her to approach clients with empathy, curiosity, sensitivity and compassion. Maheen is passionate about working with third culture children, navigating the complexities that arise out of this phenomenon.
Maheen has supported and worked with teenagers with anxiety, depression, emotional regulation issues, issues around friendship, self esteem and self harm issues. She finds her work with children and teenagers very rewarding and is always humbled by the positive impact her work with her clients has on their future trajectory and the positive ripples on the family at large.
Maheen is enthusiastic about engaging with and motivating adolescents by using interventions from motivational interviewing and dialectical behaviour therapy, some of the modalities that Maheen finds to be very useful, effective and powerful.
As part of her work with children and teenagers, Maheen feels that the parent piece is paramount to success. In particular, she finds it fulfilling to work with supporting the bridging of, and rebuilding the gap, between parents and children. In doing so, parents often feed back that they feel better equipped and happier and respond more effectively to their children. As a ‘Tuning in to Kids and Teens’ facilitator, Maheen has successfully facilitated and organised several parent groups and coached and worked with individual clients in improving their relationships and therefore the overall atmosphere in their homes.
Maheen is committed to providing a safe space in which there is a deep respect for her clients that focuses on their strengths and resources while working with them towards their goals. Maheen uses a person centred approach informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Her guiding motto is “treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Goeth’s words eloquently express Maheen’s approach to her clients through awareness, compassion and care.
Maheen speaks four languages, English, Urdu, French and conversational Turkish. Her experience of having lived in nine countries enables her to bring sensitivity and cultural awareness while connecting with individuals in different walks of life in a deeper and more meaningful manner.
In her free time, Maheen enjoys baking, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.