What We Stand For.
The insignia that marks the space for The Psychology Practice is a teardrop that characterises the underlying psychological pain and struggles with living. This engenders the precursor for the practice, where all can expect to seek security and understanding, in the process of working through difficulties as they mobilise their internal resources toward self-resolution.
The universality represented by the two colours of black and white, symbolises reversibility. This brings to mind "black and white" thinking, good and/or bad internal objects, and recognises our own internal conflicts. Ultimately, there is reference to a need to achieve some sort of balance in life, between the light and the dark, and our life versus death instincts.
"Your Needs are Kept in Mind"
Imagine an existence where your needs are undervalued and not kept in mind - it is a devastating thought. The idea borrowed from Infant Mental Health describes the importance of keeping a baby in mind as a critical factor in perinatal mental health.
"The parent's capacity to observe the moment to moment changes in the child's mental state . . . lies at the root of sensitive caregiving " (Fonagy & Target, 1997, p. 691; see also; Meins, 1999 and Slade, 2002 ). In light of theory and evidence that maternal sensitivity influences the development of attachment security (for review, see Belsky & Fearon, 2008), it should not be surprising that so does parental mentalizing (Arnott & Meins, 2007; Lundy, 2003; Meins, Fernyhough, Fradley, & Tuckey, 2001; Slade et al., 2005).
This is where we come in - keeping your needs in mind.
The Team (So Far).
With more than a decade worth of experience in mental health, Shawn has worked in multiple public and private contexts in both Singapore and Australia. As a clinical psychologist, he has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of an array of psychological issues, and provides clinical supervision to other psychologists in various contexts. He received doctoral-level specialist training whilst residing in Perth, Western Australia, and was active in the activities of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Western Australia and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc. Western Australia. Shawn works both in long-term psychotherapy and in a short-term focused way.
Shawn's specialist areas encompass Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Adult Psychotherapy, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence treatment. Though in his years based in Singapore, he has accumulated remarkable experience in the assessment and treatment of Adult Sex Offenders, and severe Personality Disorders. His areas of interest lie in the capacity for attachment over the life span, in particular, Infant Mental Health, as well as the practice of psychodynamic (or psychoanalytic) psychotherapy. In 2018, he was invited to membership with the International Society of Applied Psychoanalysis (ISAP), who recognised @thepsychpractice as an international partner. A keen advocate for developmentally appropriate and respectful parenting, Shawn is a registered Circle of Security (COS) Parenting Facilitator with Circle of Security International, which is an evidence-based intervention for treating children and assisting parents support their development.
Professionally, Shawn founded and chaired the Inter-Hospital Psychology Seminars in Singapore since 2014, a quarterly held space for all psychologists in public health to network and develop clinical competencies. He currently facilitates a closed psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic study group in Singapore to co-learn and build psychoanalytic sensibilities in others, sowing the seeds for a local psychoanalytic association in future.
Apart from providing clinical supervision, Shawn has guest-lectured and taught at several government and private institutions in Singapore and Australia. His aptitude for teaching and mentorship was developed since his formative years as a freelance leadership and team-building trainer. He continues to seek opportunities to build others and create new business ventures.