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Child and Adolescent Team

Dr. Abishek Mathew Abraham
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist 

MB BCh BAO, LRCP & SI (NUI, Ireland)
MMED (Psych) (NUS, Singapore)
MRCPsych (RCPsych, United Kingdom)

Dr. Abishek Abraham is a Consultant Psychiatrist who obtained his medical degree from the National University of Ireland. He subsequently received his specialist training in the field of psychiatry across various hospitals in Singapore including the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH) and Changi General Hospital (CGH). He completed two psychiatry postgraduate qualifications, being conferred both the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) Degree from the National University of Singapore and the Membership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom.

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Dr. Abraham has a wealth of experience managing a wide range of psychiatric conditions in both Singaporean and International patients. His main area of clinical interest is in mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and psychotic disorders. He has extensive experience in managing illnesses in adults as well as those in the child and adolescent age category.

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Having most recently served as a consultant psychiatrist and Director of Psychiatry Inpatient Services at CGH, Dr. Abraham has played a leading role in several key department initiatives, including the establishment of the first inpatient psychiatry ward protocols at CGH. He has also previously served as a Visiting Consultant with the Child Psychiatry department at KKWCH and is presently continuing in a similar role at CGH to run Adolescent Psychiatry clinics.

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Teaching has also been an important part of Dr. Abraham’s work in psychiatry both locally and abroad, having served as a Clinical Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and an Adjunct Instructor with the Duke-NUS School of Medicine Psychiatry programme. He was also a Physician Faculty Member with the National Healthcare Group Psychiatry Residency programme. Outside of Singapore, he was also a Course organiser/workshop trainer as part of the Singapore International Volunteers (SIV) Specialist Team in collaboration with the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), conducting workshops to train psychiatrists in Surabaya, Indonesia over the course of 3 years.

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Dr. Abraham has also been active in the Singapore Psychiatric Association, having previously held the position of Vice President and Honorary Secretary. He has also received numerous awards, including the Singapore Health Quality Silver Award in 2018. He has been involved in research during his career in the fields of adolescent Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and deliberate self-harm in adolescents. He is fluent in English and Bahasa Melayu as well as being able to converse in simple Mandarin.

Dion Lo Zhen Yu

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Deputy Head of Therapy Services

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

MPsych (Clinical)

Member of Singapore Psychological Society

Registered Psychologist (Singapore)

BA (Hons)(Psychology)

Dion strongly believes in a transdiagnostic approach to therapy. He integrates elements from Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in his therapeutic approach. Fluent in both English and Mandarin, he has conducted psychotherapy and assessments in private, hospital and forensic settings. He works well with clients from the young to the old, but has a special interest in working with children and adolescents. In the course of his work, he works well with individuals with a variety of psychological issues, including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Identity issues
  • Personality disorders
  • Family/relationship issues

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Dion is also proficient in psychological testing and assessments. He has been conducting psychological assessments since 2012, and is familiar with assessments of intelligence, attention, academic achievement, executive functioning, and motivation.

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Dion currently conducts the following psychological assessments for both children and adults in these areas:

  • Cognitive abilities (i.e., IQ test)
  • Attention issues such as ADHD
  • Phonological abilities
  • Reading, writing and arithmetic abilities

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Dion is a firm believer of continuing education and is currently a PhD Candidate in Psychology. He is also a sessional lecturer for Evidence Based Practice (Clinical Psychology) in James Cook University (Singapore). Over the past decade, he has been involved in research regarding the following:

  • Aggression
  • CBT
  • Schema therapy
  • Parental warmth and psychological control
  • Infidelity
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Positive Psychology
  • Personality
  • Basic Psychological Needs
  • Goal Strivings

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In recognition of his academic excellence, Dion was awarded the academic medal for his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He was also awarded the Golden Key International Honour (Top 15% of university) in 2018.

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Dion also believes in giving back to his alma mater and has conducted talks for both Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He has been appointed the Vice President (Psychology) for NTU School of Social Sciences Alumni Association Executive Committee since 2018.

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Awards:

Academic medal (Clinical Psychology)

Golden Key International Honour (2018)

NTU School of Social Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award (2022)

NTU School of Social Sciences Alumni Service Award (2022)

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Talks:

Smartphones: Friend or Foe? (NUH; 15th Feb 2019; 1 – 2PM)

Building Psychological Resilience (NTU; 25th November 2020; 7.30pm -8.30pm)

Eating Disorder: Role of a Psychologist (Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association; 4th October 2022; 7.30pm – 8.30pm)

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Everyone struggles at some point in their lives, and it is my belief that everyone could benefit from having a little more support. It takes courage to step forward to seek that support, and I hope to be able to be of aid to these courageous individuals as they navigate through the challenges that life may bring.

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I spend my free time exercising, studying coffee, and playing with my dogs. I also like video games, superheroes, and these are things I have always been interested in since I was a child. I believe we all have an inner child, one that requires consistent nurturance and guidance throughout our lives in order to forge resilience and improve our quality of life. Whilst some of us may have been fortunate enough to have had adult role models and superheroes during our developmental years, others have not. As such, I am a strong proponent of helping people gain emotional awareness and improve expression of their feelings, particularly children, to assist in their journey in living better.

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I hope to have the opportunity to work with you, and that through our collaborative efforts, we can both be living better.

Dr. Kate Gardner

Senior Educational and Clinical Psychologist

PhD (UConn), EdM (Harvard)

Licensed Psychologist (New York)

Dr. Kate Gardner is an American clinical and school psychologist working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. She is a Licensed Psychologist (New York, USA) as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (USA). Dr. Gardner is skilled in conducting comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to help identify learning and behavioral needs, including giftedness, social, emotional and personality features, inattention, impulsivity, & executive functioning. Her years as a school-based practitioner affords her valuable understanding of how schools utilize data from psychoeducational assessments to design educational programming for children, which makes her a strong advocate for finding ways to support student needs within the school setting.

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Dr. Gardner completed her Master’s degree in human development at Harvard University and her Doctoral degree through the APA-accredited school psychology program at the University of Connecticut. She has extensive training and experience supporting children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders, challenges around social cognition (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder) and difficulties with regulation and executive functioning (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). She is a skilled therapist for concerns relating to self-esteem, gender identity, trauma, disordered eating and bullying. Dr. Gardner provides warm support to parents struggling to develop effective parenting techniques and is able to provide co-parenting counseling to parents who may be separated or divorced. She works closely with clients and their families to uncover the reasons behind dysfunctional behavior and is an effective collaborator with multidisciplinary teams when psychological support needs to be coupled with medical interventions.

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Dr. Gardner holds full memberships in the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists. She is also a Credentialed Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (USA).

Gurpreet Roshan Singh 

Senior Clinical Psychologist  

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 

Master of Clinical Psychology  

Gurpreet Singh is a qualified Clinical Psychologist who possesses a wide breadth of clinical experience working with individuals with varying needs across the lifespan. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with first class honours and was awarded a place in the Golden Key Society (top 15% of university) for his academic achievements. Subsequently, he graduated with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and has practiced in both a hospital and forensic setting. Gurpreet also served as the Deputy Head of the Paediatric Psychological Services at the National University Hospital (NUH).

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While Gurpreet has worked with people of all age groups, his interest lies particularly in working with children, adolescents and their families. He adopts a preventative stance to mental health and believes that the cultivation of mental well-being habits during the formative years of a child’s life has a profound positive impact on development. He also advocates that a young person’s behaviours are an expression of their underlying, unmet needs.

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Gurpreet’s expertise encompasses treating a variety of psychological disorders and supporting those with challenges which negatively impacts emotional-health. This includes individuals who present with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders (e.g., social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder)
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Somatic Disorders
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Stress
  • Coping with Medical Conditions
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Emotional Regulation Difficulties
  • Social Difficulties
  • Screen time Issues
  • Identity Issues

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Gurpreet uses a transdiagnostic, integrative approach when treating individuals by drawing on his expertise in a range of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).  He tailors evidence-based treatments to the specific needs of individual clients to provide a truly customised approach to psychological therapy.

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Gurpreet is also proficient in administering psychological assessments. This includes assessing for:

  • Cognitive abilities (i.e., IQ test)
  • Attention Issues such as ADHD
  • Reading and Writing Difficulties

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Gurpreet has also conducted research to explore the relationship between excessive use of social media and stress management, an arising issue of our current times. He also conducted a study on positive psychology, specifically exploring well-being measures that can aid in evaluation of treatment planning and outcomes.

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Gurpreet is a firm believer that every individual deserves a safe, non-judgmental space to feel heard and to express their feelings. He practices a strengths-based, person-centered approach and believes it is imperative to empower individuals to help heal emotional wounds so that they can lead meaningful lives.  He feels that it is important to acknowledge a person’s unique strengths and weakness and believes that the therapeutic process can be a place to not only share difficult experiences but also positive ones too, as the sharing of positive experiences are integral to empowering the individual to develop their own coping mechanisms to overcome their difficulties. Gurpreet hopes for every client to believe that recovery is possible despite their struggles and that with the right support, they can lead a flourishing life.

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Gurpreet holds the view that everyone faces challenges in their lives and could benefit from having therapeutic support to foster healthy coping mechanisms to protect their well-being. He strives to create a space of co-production with every client where they are guided to navigate their own recovery by helping them to make sense of their experience. Gurpreet is also passionate about fostering emotional literacy particularly for his younger clients as he feels that gaining an understanding of one’s own emotions is a powerful tool for promoting self-acceptance.

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In his free time, Gurpreet enjoys cycling and hiking. He values his physical well-being and finds it to be a critical component of maintaining his own mental well-being. He enjoys travelling and is a certified diver. He is also an avid reader and movie enthusiast.

Acacia Lee Hui Xian
Senior Clinical Psychologist 

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

MPsych (Clinical)

Member of Singapore Psychological Society

Registered Psychologist (Singapore)

BA (Hons)(Psychology)

Acacia is a registered clinical psychologist. She completed her Bachelor in Psychology (Honours) at Nanyang Technological University and her Masters in Clinical Psychology at James Cook University. As a strong believer that scientific research informs clinical practice, Acacia is currently a psychology PhD candidate at Nanyang Technological University, and is expected to graduate in early 2023. Her research interests lie primarily in the field of mental health and its associations with one’s social relationships.

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As part of her clinical training and work, Acacia has worked with individuals in school, hospital and community settings. She works well with individuals across the lifespan but has a special interest in working with young children and their families. In the course of her work, Acacia has worked with individuals with a range of issues such as mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, phobias, stress and adjustment difficulties, identify formation and relationship difficulties, parental training and child behavioral issues. Acacia is trained in various therapeutic modalities including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Schema Therapy.

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Fluent in English and Mandarin, Acacia integrates elements from various therapeutic approaches and adopts a tailored person-centric approach. With compassion and empathy, Acacia creates a safe and warm place for individuals to express their emotions and navigate life’s challenges and difficulties.

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Acacia is also proficient in conducting neuropsychological assessments in areas including but not limited to, cognitive and executive functioning, attention, academic achievement and personality. Through assessments, in addition to understanding one’s weaknesses, Acacia believes it is as important to identify one’s strengths which can serve as important psychological resources in coping.

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In her free time, Acacia enjoys learning new skills and hobbies, such as embroidery, stamp making and baking. She also loves exploring new places with her family and pet dog.

Jerlyn Ang

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (Psychology)

Registered Psychologist (Singapore)

Full Member of Singapore Psychological Society

Jerlyn is a registered clinical psychologist with a masters in clinical psychology. Her clinical expertise spans across an extensive range of presenting issues, including but not limited to, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), psychotic disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tic disorders, bipolar disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), somatic disorders, gender dysphoria, relationship difficulties, deliberate self-harm, and suicidal behaviours. Jerlyn is trained in different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is eclectic and process-based in her approach.

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While Jerlyn has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, she is particularly passionate about working with children, adolescents and their families to help them navigate through life’s challenges. Prior to joining Better Life, Jerlyn served as a clinical psychologist at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). As part of a multi-disciplinary community mental health team at KKH, she conducted mental health assessments and provided intervention for children and adolescents. She also worked closely with schools and parents whom she understands forms an integral part of the child’s or adolescent’s life.

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Jerlyn is also proficient in administering psychological assessments for cognitive abilities (i.e. IQ test), attention issues (i.e. ADHD), academic achievement (i.e. reading and writing difficulties), and adaptive functioning behaviours (i.e. special school placements).

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Through her years of experience, Jerlyn advocates for creating a safe and non-judgemental space for clients to work through their difficulties. She believes in empowering her clients by equipping them with skills to live a meaningful and valued life. Jerlyn understands that the needs of every individual are unique and different, and hence takes on a person-centred therapeutic approach. Jerlyn is warm and collaborative, and seeks to journey with her clients and help them move towards their therapeutic goals.

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As a mother of three children, Jerlyn thoroughly enjoys spending time with her children and creating shared experiences with them. She understands the challenges and unpredictability of motherhood, yet appreciates the joy that comes with the responsibility. Jerlyn values connection with people through the different seasons of her life, and hopes that she can journey through life with you too.

Suriyah Bte Mohamad Razip

Counselor 

Master of Guidance and Counseling (MGC)

Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych)

Su has a master’s degree in Guidance and Counselling. She has provided counselling in a community setting to young children, teenagers, working adults and families. Some of the nature of cases that she has worked with includes bullying, adjustment issues, exam stress, social anxiety, and interpersonal/relationship issues. 

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Throughout her work experience in the healthcare and mental health settings, she understands that the needs of every individual are unique and different. Hence, she believes in supporting her clients by empowering them with skills and knowledge tailored to their needs. Su also believes in developing her professional and personal self continuously by updating herself regularly through attending certified courses. To date, she has completed basic training for Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, from CBT Australia and is in the process of applying as an associate member with the Singapore Association of Counselling. Overall, she strives to provide a non-judgmental and holistic mental support for her clients that integrates important aspects of her clients’ lives, such as cultural beliefs and values, where appropriate.

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Prior to counseling, Su has had extensive exposure to patient care as a clinic assistant in a tertiary institution. Su’s experience in healthcare also extends to her previous roles in nursing – she aided in the operating theatre as an anaesthetist nurse, as well as carried out health screening in private clinics and tertiary institutions.

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Su is a mother of 4 children between the ages of 17 and 11. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on personal development, halal food hunting on road trips to Malaysia and spending quality time with her family and friends.