At times, life can feel tough. Sometimes it feels like the hardship never ends. Our team of Psychologists work together to provide non-judgemental, empathic, and discrete, professional support, whatever your situation is. We have experience with a diverse range of people and their experiences, offering confidentiality and a client-centred approach to all.
I hold a Master of Health Science (Behavioural Science) degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. I am registered as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency (AHPRA), and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Further studies have given me a certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from the EMDR Institute, Inc. I have been trained for Level I, Level II and Level III in Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy. I use Gottman Method Couple Therapy in my work with couples, alongside other interventions.
In 2010, I relocated to Singapore from Australia, where I was employed in a private practice completing assessments, writing reports and providing feedback as well as being the first point of contact for clients seeking assistance from a therapist. Previously, my experience included over ten years as a Recruitment Consultant, incorporating my counselling skills within a corporate business environment, providing career guidance and support to candidates with work-related concerns.
My work can help individual adults and couples, as well as children, adolescents, and their families, with a wide range of issues. My particular interest areas are bullying and self-esteem issues, couples work, anxiety and mood disorders. A special interest area of mine is the neuroscience of brain adaptability and the brain’s potential for change, applying this in the therapeutic session to inform the client of their brain’s potential for change, and the steps they can take to effect that change. My approach is hope-focused and aimed at instilling in the individual and couple a more positive approach to the presenting concern.
I utilize a combination of interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, among others.
Please note that Rachael is not accepting new clients at present.
In 2001 I was awarded a Masters of Educational psychology (Honours), at which time I was also employed by the Taylor centre (a community mental health centre run by Auckland District Health Board New Zealand). Since then I have undertaken further post graduate study and completed the post graduate diploma in CBT with Distinction, Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy Level I,II and III, and a Certificate in DBT . My clinical practice is such that I can evaluate and treat clients within these frameworks (CBT, Gottman & DBT). I am able to work with adolescents, adults, and couples.
While employed at the Taylor centre my primary focus was on the early intervention of first episode psychosis, where often I worked with complex and co morbid diagnoses. Not only did I provide intensive intervention for young clients with first episode psychosis and their families, but I also provided CBT sessions for clients with both axis one and two diagnoses. I am experienced in treating depression, anxiety, anger and stress management issues, addictions, phobia. I often ran group therapy sessions for depression, anxiety and eating disorders and addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling and sex). I left NZ in 2005 and have been living in the Asia Pacific region as an expatriate since. Over this time I have expanded my skill set to meet the needs of my clients. I have extensive experience working with infidelity, communication problems between partners, and intimacy issues. I have a deep understanding of the many issues and difficulties surrounding the relocation of a family internationally.
The counselling framework that I use is Cognitive behavioural therapy and is based on the belief that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are directly related to each other and influence the way that we feel and think about ourselves, our families, and the world around us. As a therapist I help to guide clients through the process of understanding, identifying and restructuring negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours that foster emotional distress, and psychological illness. I believe in a collaborative non judgmental approach to therapy.
Manon De Rooij
After graduating in Clinical and Healthcare Psychology (Honours) from Leiden University (The Netherlands) in 2002, I continued my studies at the Post Graduate School of Mental Health Care in Utrecht (The Netherlands), becoming a registered Health Care Psychologist in 2005. Furthermore, I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a registered EMDR therapist and a registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (VGCT®).
I have been working as a psychologist since 2003, focusing on short term therapy for adults, treating a wide range of mental problems including anxiety, depression, PTSD, burn out, phobia, self esteem issues, sleep disorders, impulse regulation problems and others. Having lived in Australia and Singapore, I understand on both a professional and personal level the complexities of settling in a new country and problems that might arise from this experience.
My general orientation to counselling follows the CBT approach. CBT offers an effective tool to learn how to better manage situations, feelings and behaviour in a limited number of sessions. Next to CBT and hypnotherapy, I have specialised in EMDR. I am passionate about using this method for the treatment of disturbing memories, because it provides the most profound results in the shortest amount of time.
In 2002 heb ik mijn studie klinische en gezondheidspsychologie aan de Universiteit Leiden cum laude afgerond, waarna ik ook de vervolgopleiding tot GZ-psycholoog met succes heb voltooid. Ik ben hiernaast ook klinisch hypnotherapeut, geregistreerd EMDR-therapeut en geregistreerd cognitief-gedragstherapeut (VGCT®).
Ik ben sinds 2003 werkzaam als psycholoog, waarbij mijn werkzaamheden met name bestonden uit kortdurende behandelingen voor volwassenen, gericht op psychische problemen als angst, depressie, PTSS, burn-out, fobie, eigenwaardeproblemen, slaapstoornissen en impuls-regulatieproblematiek. Na in Australië en nu Singapore te hebben gewoond, begrijp ik zowel op professioneel als op persoonlijk niveau de complexiteit van het vestigen in een nieuw land en de eventuele problemen die daaruit kunnen voortvloeien.
In behandelingen werk ik vanuit een cognitief-gedragstherapeutisch denkkader. De CGT biedt een effectief instrument om in een beperkt aantal sessies te leren situaties, gevoelens en gedrag effectiever te hanteren. Naast CGT en hypnotherapie, heb ik mij gespecialiseerd in EMDR. Deze behandelvorm, gericht op belastende ervaringen, kan in korte tijd diepgaande resultaten bieden.