Our Therapists

Lama Majaj

Principal Art Psychotherapist

Lama Majaj MA, AThR is a registered Art Psychotherapist (ANZACATA), artist, arts in healthcare manager and educator. She has studied in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia and holds undergraduate qualifications in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and post graduate qualifications in both education and Art Therapy. She held positions in Australia, Middle East, and Asia as Manager, Arts in Health at The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre and International Operations Manager for Red Pencil. 

Lama was instrumental in providing Mental Health and Psycho-social Support consultancy to World Vision International, and Singapore Red Cross on embedding community arts programmers into psycho-social frameworks. Currently Lama is the Principal Art Psychotherapist for Extra·Ordinary People Limited, a registered charity in Singapore that enables and supports persons with special needs, striving for an inclusive society.

 Lama provides supervision to credentialed Art Therapists working in many settings and is an invited guest lecturer at the MA Art Therapy School of Creative Industries, MA Art Therapy Programme, LASALLE College of the Arts.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Art Therapy (Australia)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (UK)
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts and Graphic Design (USA)
 
 

Mahesh Iyer

Art Psychotherapist

Mahesh MA, AThR is a Registered Art Psychotherapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA). During his postgraduate art psychotherapy training, Mahesh developed and provided art therapy services for children with chronic illnesses at Club Rainbow and older adults of St. Vincent’s Home in Singapore.

Prior to his training, Mahesh completed his BSc in Psychology and volunteered as an art facilitator at the Special Care Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At the setting, he observed the creative process unfold the therapeutic nature of art making. This induced him to pursue his Masters in Art Therapy.  

Additionally; being exposed to multi-cultural populations throughout his academic, work and lived experience, Mahesh’s research interests during his training naturally gravitated towards the complex inter-play of culture, ethics and practice. He has since then developed and presented his research at the inaugural Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA) Conference (2018) in Perth, Australia & The 48th Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference (2017) in Albuquerque, USA.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore)
  • BSc in Psychology (Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, UAE)
 

Aanchal Anand

Dance & Movement Therapist

Aanchal Anand is certified Dance/Movement Therapist who believes in using the body-mind connection as a medium for healing and self-expression.

While pursuing her Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy at Pratt Institute, New York (accredited by the American Dance Therapy Association), she worked in a variety of clinical settings with culturally diverse populations. These include children with special needs in an arts school programme, adults with acute mental illness at an in-patient psychiatry unit as well as seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.

Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and worked as a Creative Movement Educator in Chennai, India. During this stint, she played an integral role in facilitating as well as spreading a dance education programme for children across five major schools in South India.

Aanchal adopts a person-centred, non-judgmental, compassionate therapeutic approach while engaging and moving with people from all walks of life.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy (Pratt Institute, New York)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai)

Dawn Tan

Senior Educational Therapist

Dawn has been working with students with various learning needs from preschool to secondary levels since 2012. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs, an Advanced Diploma in Special Education and an Advanced Certificate in Dyslexia & Literacy Teaching. 

Dawn’s speciality is in employing multi-modal strategies to conquer Literacy and Academic Study Skills. Well familiar with mainstream demands and the MOE syllabus, she has worked with teachers, allied educators and parents to support learners with varying abilities. She contributed extensively to developing the DAS curriculum as a core member of its English Language & Literacy Division and Higher Education and Advanced Support (Post-Secondary) Division. 

Dawn is certified in Group Theraplay and is also a trained Virtues Project™  Facilitator, holistic approaches that help develop pro social behaviour integrating values and character building to encourage and empower her learners.

Qualifications:

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs (University of South Wales)
  • Advanced Diploma in Special Education (College of Allied Educators)
  • Advanced Certificate in Dyslexia & Literacy Teaching (DAS Academy)
  • Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching (DAS Academy)
  • Professional Certificate Course in Preschool Support (DAS Academy)
  • Bachelor of Accountancy (Singapore Management University)
 

Puva Kurusamy

Senior Educational Therapist

Puva began her career with the Ministry of Education as a Special Needs Officer supporting children with learning differences in Anglo-Chinese Primary School. She focused on providing targeted dyslexia therapy that enabled students to access their school curriculum. Soon she realized that addressing comprehension impairments was crucial to academic success and there was a pressing need to be trained in more than one intervention approach to support diverse group of learners. Hence, she travelled to the United States to further her professional development in Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes.

After completing a BSc in Psychology, she joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore as an Educational Therapist. During her years with the DAS, she was appointed as a core curriculum team member who was responsible for designing the Writing and Reading Comprehension materials for struggling learners.

Puva is a firm believer in enhancing learning through movement. She infuses her lessons with Brain Gym movements and Balance-Auditory-Visual exercises to keep her students actively engaged. Also, she has attained 200 hours in Rainbow Kids Yoga.

Her personal philosophy is to be fully ‘present’ during therapy; this is critical to engagement and successful communication.

Qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs (University of South Wales)
  • BSc Psychology (Edith Cowan University)
  • Diploma in Special education (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
  • Diploma in Dyslexia Studies (Dyslexia Association of Singapore)

Sheryl Wong

Educational Therapist

Sheryl graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies. Prior to her degree, she attained a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Sheryl’s passion for working with children began from an early age, especially those with special needs. Her passion grew into a desire to help children in their learning difficulties. Having had past experiences of working as both an early childhood educator and a primary school teacher, Sheryl empathises with the unique profiles of children in such settings.

Prior to joining Extra•Ordinary People, Sheryl worked as an Educational Therapist in a local private paediatric clinic where she has worked with children with phonological difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia, APD, ASD, ADHD and GDD. Strategies that she has been trained in, include, Lindamood Bell (Seeing Stars, On Cloud Nine, LiPS), TEACCH approach and Feuerstein Mediated Learning. To better support their learning, Sheryl was supplemented with Social Thinking, Zones of Regulation and Conscious Discipline training to help learners with their emotional awareness, social skills and learning motivation.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
  • BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (Nanyang Technological University)
 

Katy Doyle

Music Therapist

Katy is a board certified and international Music Therapist who has been working with children with special needs for over seven years throughout Singapore and the United States.  She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy in 2012. 

Prior to joining Extra•Ordinary People, Katy provided private family-centred music therapy services for children with ASD in the greater St. Louis, Missouri community. After relocating to Singapore in 2013, Katy served as the Senior Music Therapist at Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (EIPIC). During her time there, she helped to create and establish a sustainable Music Therapy programme for their Early Intervention Centres as well as pilot therapy services at The Sembawang Home for the Disabled. She provided weekly group Music Therapy sessions that focused on a child-centred approach. She combines a love, proficiency, and knowledge of music with a passion for enabling children, empowering families, and encouraging holistic development.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor (BME) in Music Education – Music Therapy (University of Kansas, USA)
    • Certified in Bonny Method of Guided Imagery (Level 1)
    • Member of AMTS, Association of Music Therapy Singapore
    • Member of AMTA, American Music Therapy Association
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Khoo Jit Kuan

Principal Occupational Therapist

Jit Kuan graduated from Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom) with a degree in Bachelor of Science (Hons) Occupational Therapy. As a paediatric occupational therapist for the past 16 years, he has worked with various disciplines in providing therapy to children and youth with special needs. His special interest lies in autism and he is currently involved with Singapore’s leading autism provider in teaching educators, parents and caregivers on sensory differences in autism.

Jit Kuan believes that parents, caregivers or any other involved people, are important partners in therapy sessions. He approaches therapy by explicitly teaching the child while simultaneously showing and modelling to parents and caregivers, ensuring they are active partners in the therapy process. He strongly believes that every intervention strategy should be a collaborative effort that is easy and simple to carry out regularly.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Occupational Therapy
  • Member of Allied Health Professionals Council, Singapore (Full Registration)
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certification: 2734
  • Certificate in Autism
  • Higher Certificate in Autism
 
 

Sheleen Aw

Principal Occupational Therapist

Sheleen is a registered Occupational Therapist in Singapore with more than 10 years of clinical experience, primarily in paediatrics across a variety of settings including public schools, private and community-based settings.

Prior to joining Extra•Ordinary People, Sheleen taught and trained students from the Diploma of Occupational Therapy programme at Nanyang Polytechnic for the past 6 years. During her time, she helped to establish and collaborate role-emerging placements between mainstream schools and community mental health practices.

Sheleen is passionate about working with children of all ages and abilities. She believes in using a person-centred, eclectic approach to improve the quality of life for the child and the family, and looks forward to engage parents and caregivers in creating success for their children during therapy.

Aside from work, Sheleen enjoys travelling, cooking and devoting her time to having fun with her two beautiful daughters.

Qualifications:

• Member of Allied Health Professionals Council, Singapore (Full Registration)
• Masters in Occupational Therapy
• Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
• Diploma in Occupational Therapy
• Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) Certification
• NDT/Bobath Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy & other Neuromotor Disorders Certification

Dr Vivien Yang

Principal Psychologist

Vivien is a registered educational and child psychologist with 15 years of experience working with children and youth with special educational needs. Vivien taught in a primary school before working as a psychologist with the Singapore Ministry of Education. She has worked with a wide range of students with developmental differences, including autism, dyslexia, ADHD, selective mutism, anxiety, oppositional behaviours, developmental delays and other complex needs. She has conducted numerous consultations and training for teachers and parents on helping students with learning, social and behavioural difficulties.

Previously in MOE, Vivien led various initiatives aimed at promoting inclusive practices for students with special educational needs in mainstream schools through the use of evidence-based and systemic approaches. Her detailed understanding of the educational landscape and policies enables her to customise strategies that fit well within school contexts. Vivien is trained in techniques and approaches such as functional behaviour analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, Social Thinking, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), dynamic assessment, neuropsychological assessment, Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R). 

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology, University College London, UK
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education, National Institute of Education, S’pore
  • BA in Psychology (highest hons), University of California at Berkeley, USA
  • Registered psychologist with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK
  • Registered psychologist with Singapore Psychological Society (SRP)
  • Member of American Psychological Association (APA)
 

ELIZA LEONG

Senior Psychologist

Eliza completed her Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology in Brisbane, Australia. She has worked with individuals across the lifespan, in a range of settings, such as multidisciplinary clinics, early intervention centres, schools, hospitals and mental health services. She has experience in both the public and private setting, working with both the local and expatriate population. Eliza’s area of interest is early intervention for children with special needs, this includes developmental delays, autism, genetic conditions, learning difficulties, and attentional problems.

Eliza is passionate about working with children and their families. She strongly believes in a family-centred, evidence-based approach to guide her therapeutic interventions and assessments. She also collaborates with professionals across multiple disciplines and different contexts to understand and support the child’s needs. She firmly believes that with support, every individual has the ability to achieve to the best of their potential.

At Extra•Ordinary People, Eliza provides both psychological assessments and interventions. She also runs group programs across the lifespan. She conducts parenting groups based on attachment theory, using the Circle of Security (COS) parenting program. She also conducts social skills groups for preschool and primary school children. In addition, she conducts programs to build resiliency and coping skills in youths based on the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP). She is also trained in a range of interventions methods: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness. She has worked with clients experiencing a range of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, anger management, bullying, social difficulties, sleep behavioral problems, and behavioral regulation difficulties. 

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • A. Psych (Hons) from The University of Queensland, Australia
  • A. with Merit (Psychology) from National University of Singapore
  • Registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)
 

Hayley Su

Psychologist

Hayley strongly believes in the importance of education, and she is passionate about helping students enjoy learning and school. For the past 9 years, Hayley has worked closely with children/adolescents, caregivers and educators in Singapore and Australia. Hayley uses her knowledge and expertise in learning processes and psychological assessments to investigate and harness students’ learning potentials. Hayley also provides consultation support to teachers and Allied Educators (AEDs) to improve student wellbeing, academic and social-emotional learning, particularly for learners with diagnosed developmental and learning conditions (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia).  

Hayley carries out individual counseling therapy for a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, anger management, peer and family conflicts, etc. She also carries out social-skills groups to support children with socialisation challenges. Hayley uses a range of therapy approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Hayley is also a registered Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) facilitator. Hayley strives to help children and families foster better relationships, build resilience and psychological wellbeing, and live values-driven lives.

Hayley has experiencing working with both local and expatriate populations in public and private settings. Hayley is also proficient in English and Mandarin. Hayley is devoted to developing her knowledge and skills continually, and to provide quality and professional services to a diverse clientele.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Educational Psychology from University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Registered psychologist with Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP)
  • Registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS).
  • Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) facilitator
  • Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching (DAS Academy)
 

Clarissa Lui

Psychologist

Clarissa completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and is currently undertaking her Doctor of Psychology with a research focus on the role of parent-adolescent relationship quality in impacting the functioning of adolescents with anxiety. She is also completing the clinical psychology registrar program with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to gain endorsement in the area of clinical psychology. Prior to joining Extra•Ordinary People, Clarissa worked in Brisbane as a psychologist in a community drug and alcohol service and has experience in implementing individual and group psychological interventions in both community and hospital settings to address a range of mental health and substance misuse concerns.

Clarissa has a keen interest in providing support and interventions to children and adolescents whose lives are impacted by behavioural and learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental problems, and mental health concerns. She is guided by a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in her work with children and young people as well as their caregivers/families, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Triple P positive parenting strategies. Clarissa also incorporates other therapeutic techniques where appropriate, including strategies informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Before transitioning to a career in psychology, Clarissa was an educator and has taught in primary and secondary schools in Singapore and Japan. Clarissa enjoys working with clients across the lifespan, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and employs a compassionate stance to help people who are struggling learn to cope with their distress and thrive.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from University of York, United Kingdom
  • Registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Accredited Triple P-Positive Parenting Program practitioner
  • Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) facilitator
  • Registered Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) facilitator
 

Chan Yi Ren

Speech & Language Therapist

Yi Ren is a registered Speech and Language therapist bilingual in both English and Mandarin. She has worked for several years in one of Singapore’s largest non-profit organisation and her experience is in working with the paediatric population across a variety of settings for example early intervention, special education schools, mainstream preschools, and community-based settings.

Yi Ren is passionate about helping children with special needs and believes that the child’s full potential can be reached through a collaborative effort with parents and caregivers. In her spare time, Yi Ren enjoys travelling and reading, and also volunteers her time to support the Speech and Language Therapy Singapore (SALTS) association as she believes in playing a part in giving back to the community.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Speech Pathology from The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine from The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Member of Allied Health Professionals Council, Singapore (Full Registration)
  • PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System (Basic)
  • PROMPT: An Introduction to PROMPT