Hi, I’m Carine. I began my journey as a clinical psychologist in 2011, providing assessments and interventions in a paediatric hospital, psychiatric hospital and the Ministry of Education.
I spent the last 6 years working as a senior clinical psychologist, at Singapore’s only tertiary psychiatric hospital, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), working with children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I was also part of the first paediatric OCD clinic in Singapore, providing OCD assessment and treatment for children and teenagers, with mild to severe OCD and their caregivers.
My years of experience working in various hospitals and settings have allowed me to work proficiently with children and teenagers from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of psychiatric and developmental difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, self-harm behaviours, anger and behavioural problems, selective mutism, ADHD, learning difficulties and ASD.
Having attended schools in both Singapore and Australia, it has also given me an opportunity to appreciate diversity, different cultures, school systems and the challenges faced when adjusting to different environment and community.
Apart from providing assessments and therapy, I have been involved in developing group treatment programmes, conducting workshops for parents, children and teenagers, and other professionals, and providing clinical supervision for psychologist-in-training and other professionals.
My approach is person-centered, genuine and approachable while respecting that every client and family is different and have their unique strengths and challenges.
Through deeper understanding my clients and their needs, I utilise a wide range of therapy techniques, including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, EMDR and schema therapy, to develop an individualised treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each child’s and their families’. I also understand the importance of working closely with the child, their caregivers and other professionals or agencies in order to achieve positive outcomes.
In therapy, I prioritise engagement and building a trustworthy relationship with my clients. Seeking therapy and working through problems can be a difficult process- so I strive to create a supportive, non-judgemental space for my clients and their caregivers to journey with them and empower them to work through their difficulties. I believe this is how we can gradually work through your struggles and distressing life experiences together.
I am glad to be part of the Kaleidoscope team and look forward to meeting you!
Master of Psychology (Clinical) (University of Melbourne Australia- National University of Singapore)
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Monash University Australia)
Bachelor of Psychology and Business (Monash University Australia)
Training and Certificates:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Signposts for Building Better Behaviour
Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator