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)
 

Rianne Wynn

Art Psychotherapist

Rianne Wynn MA, AThR is a registered Art Psychotherapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA). During her postgraduate art psychotherapy training, she provided art therapy services to children and adolescents with special needs at Saint Clare School as well as to residents at Haven Children’s Home.

Prior to pursuing art therapy, Rianne worked and volunteered as an art educator, leading art classes, camps, and workshops for children in Singapore and Thailand. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Product Design.

The more that Rianne learns and works in this field, the deeper her appreciation for the arts and human connection grows. In her practice, she strives to create a safe environment where clients can feel heard and supported.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Product Design (Nanyang Technological University)

 

CHEE LI PING

Art Psychotherapist

Li Ping received her art therapy training in Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. During her postgraduate art psychotherapy training, she provided art therapy services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Mamre Oaks Ltd and children who have experienced abuse at Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre.

Li Ping has interacted with children with diverse issues, including those affected by cancer, special needs, abuse, trauma, and poverty, on both a professional and voluntary basis. Her keen interest to work with children also inspired her to take on the role of a social worker in a hospital and residential children’s home in Singapore, where she provided supportive interventions to children and caregivers, and collaborated with various stakeholders (such as schools). She believes in the potential within every child and the use of play and creativity to effect growth and transformation within them.

Outside of work, Li Ping participates in projects with children from underprivileged backgrounds in developing countries around the region.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences, Major in Social Work (National University of Singapore)

 

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)

 

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

 

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

 

 

JEWEL YI

Occupational Therapist

Jewel is a registered Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with parents and their children. She began her journey with families a few years ago at a child development unit and rotated through a paediatric inpatient and outpatient setting at a public hospital. Prior to her work with kids, she worked in the area of hand therapy and neuro rehabilitation.

Jewel believes that it is essential to actively involve parents and caregivers throughout the therapy process with the use of evidence-based approach and client-centred practice to guide her assessments and interventions.

Jewel is passionate about promoting health and well-being through occupation and is often curious about how physical, social, attitudinal and legislative environments affect individual occupational participation. She seeks to advocate for vulnerable populations through her work as a legislative assistant volunteer and enjoys collaborating with communities to make policy changes.

Jewel also enjoys traveling, playing with dogs (especially corgis), cooking, reading and buying vintage collectables.

Qualifications:

  • Member of Allied Health Professionals Council, Singapore (Full Registration)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (First Class Honors)
  • Sensory Integration Certificate Program (Course 1, 2, 3 and early intervention special topic) by University of Southern California Chan
  • DIR Floor time 101
  • Touch points Individual Level Training by Brazelton
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Adolescence by CBT Australia 

 

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)

 

Clarissa Lui

Clinical Psychologist

Clarissa is a psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and endorsed in the area of clinical psychology. Prior to joining Extra•Ordinary People, Clarissa worked in Brisbane as a psychologist in the Alcohol and Drug Service in Queensland Health 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. During her postgraduate training, Clarissa also delivered specialised clinical services in Brisbane through her placements which included the Parenting and Family Support Centre and the Child and Youth Mental Health Service.

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. Clarissa completed her Doctor of Psychology at The University of Queensland with a research focus on the role of parent-adolescent relationship quality in impacting the functioning of adolescents with anxiety. In her clinical practice, Clarissa draws on an integrated theoretical framework for working with children and their families and is guided by a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Clarissa is an accredited Triple P-Positive Parenting Program practitioner and a registered facilitator for the Circle of Security Parenting and Bringing Up Great Kids programs.

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 to learn to cope with their distress and thrive.

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Psychology from The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Master of Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary from National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from University of York, United Kingdom
  • Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)
 

Beatrice Cheong

Psychologist

Beatrice is a nationally-certified school psychologist (USA) and a licensed psychologist in California (USA). She received her professional training in New York City and has worked with students from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and age groups.  Her experience spans from working within elementary, middle and high schools. Prior to moving back to Singapore, Beatrice worked as a school psychologist and counsellor at a middle school in California. Throughout her training and work, Beatrice has undertaken a variety of responsibilities to ensure that the needs of students are being met. She conducted comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations to guide the development of appropriate intervention goals, accommodations and services for students eligible for special education; provided individual and group counselling to students targeted at improving social skills, family and peer relationships, academic behaviour, emotional regulation and stress management; engaged in consultations with teachers and parents; connected families to community resources; and was involved in crisis intervention among other responsibilities.

In her work as a psychologist, Beatrice takes on a whole-child approach. She believes in the importance of building strong relationships with the children and adolescents she works with, as well as collaborating with parents, caregivers, teachers, support professionals etc. to promote the well-being of the children/adolescents she works with.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Education (Ed.M.) in School Psychology, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Psychology, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA
  • Bachelor of Science with Honors [BSc(Hons)] in Psychology, University College London, UK
  • Credentialed California State School Psychologist
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), USA
  • Member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), USA
  • Member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)

 

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