Art + Psychotherapy
 

Hello! My name is Cait and I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before coming to New Zealand, I have been working in Singapore within a variety of settings and with a diverse range of population. My expertise is with mental health issues such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse and addiction.

In Singapore and New Zealand, I have worked within forensic mental health. I have an understanding and an interest in working with the challenges that are involved with the justice system, as well as the family members and loved ones of incarcerated clients. I’m also in a good position to work with burnout and stressors related to working in a forensic environment.

There are various types of personality disorders classified under the DSM, such as borderline, schizoid, antisocial, narcissistic, schizotypal, obsessive-compulsive, etc, each with its own characteristics that presents as a pattern across most domains of life. People living with this condition may feel as if their quality of life is unsatisfactory. Sometimes, having a few indicators but not a complete personality disorder can also act as a trigger to seek therapy. I’m interested in guiding clients to understand themselves and their patterns. We can also explore ways to live meaningfully with the challenges in our lives. 

Schizophrenia is a serious debilitating mental condition that affects a small percentage of the population. Early onset of schizophrenia is around late teen to early adulthood. If not given attention at the early stages, may sometimes lead to devastating effects further down the line. Together, we can find ways to understand you or your loved ones’ schizophrenic condition and figure out skills to live meaningfully with it.

I have also worked extensively with trauma and abuse in various forms - sexual, physical, psychological, emotional, financial, etc. One need not be on the recipient end of abuse to experience trauma. Being a witness to trauma can be similarly damaging. I have found that using a combination of art and psychotherapy to be really helpful in uncovering and processing the complexity of trauma and its effects.

My personal history of immigrating to New Zealand and having grown up in multicultural countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, I’m naturally drawn to cross-cultural work with my clients. I’m able to support my clients in negotiating differences in cultures, to acknowledge where they come from and to integrate in a meaningful manner without compromising their core identity.

Having worked with Jungian theories as a framework throughout my career, I am now in the process of becoming a trainee Jungian Analyst with The Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analyst (ANZSJA). I am also interested in working with clients on a spiritual and existential level.

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Professional Registration:

Australian, New Zealand,and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)
Creative Therapies Association Aotearoa (CTAA)

Education:

MA Art Therapy - Goldsmiths College, London, UK
BA Psychology - University of Otago, NZ