MAPS FCCOUNP; MPsych (Couns); BA(Psych); SIUC Illinios, USA
Hi, my name is June Chia. I am of Malaysian Chinese background, settled in this fabulous country for the past 15 years.
I am a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA. I have close to 12 years of experience in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health. I graduated with a Master of Psychology (Counselling) from Monash University, Melbourne in 2007 and obtained a Grade of Distinction for my Masters’ Thesis, “Clarifying the Concept of Healing in Transpersonal Psychology.” I also pursued a Bachelor of Psychology Degree at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA.
By 2020, I would have been a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) for 10 years. I am also a Fellow of the Counselling College of the Australian Psychological Society (FCCOUNP). In 2016, I self-published a Writing Activity Book for Children called, “Good Values in Children: Developing A Moral Compass for the Young (Ages 8 to 12 Years).”
While I was a Provisional Psychologist on Practicum, I was a Tertiary Counsellor at Swinburne University. After graduation from Monash University in 2007, I moved to rural Victoria and took my first role as a School Psychologist and Counsellor at Lavalla Catholic College for two and a half years. For the next three years, I was a Case Manager and Mental Health Clinician working in Acute Psychiatry case managing and assessing clients with mild, moderate and severe mental illnesses at Latrobe Valley Community Mental Health Services under the jurisdiction of Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon.
Since 2014 I have been in Private Practice.
In the capacity of a Mental Health Clinician, I have learnt valuable de-escalation techniques and dealt with Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Suicidality, Depression, Anxiety, Personality and Borderline Disorders as well as managing forensic cases.
Since being in private practice, I have competently supported clients coming with a variety of mental health issues. I have strong interest in the following mental health issues, which I would like to share with you in more detail:
Self-Esteem & Self-Development
- My style is Holistic, Humanistic, Rogerian, Strength-based, Empowering, Nurturing, believing in the Human Potential, Having Faith in All my Clients, Empathy-driven.
- Using a ‘heart-based’ counselling approach to go into my client’s deepest wounds and earliest history of hurt be it in Childhood or Relationships or Friendships or any other failures, I then heal them and lift them up.
- Clients become bonded with me in the therapeutic setting and believe in themselves as we journey together. They soon find and develop their Own Confidence, Self-Reliance, Self-Actualising Potential to increase clarity and confidence.
Mood disorders / Bi-Polar
- My style is Clinical and Empathy-driven.
- Based on my experience as a Case Manager in my previous role as a Mental Health Clinician, I am adept at developing Self-Management Plans based on a client’s Early Warning Signs (EWS) and Triggers.
- Clients may still experience up and down mood swings. The role of Mood Stabilizers and other necessary medication to stabilize client’s mood swings is emphasized and delivered with compassion and understanding in encouraging compliance.
- Clients stay in remission and wellbeing is maintained in a reasonable level.
- My approach is mainly Rogerian (Person Centred), Strength-based, Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused and the Positive Psychology Approach.
- I use techniques such as breathing techniques and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Clients usually are distressed and overwhelmed with a variety of situational and life circumstances. I use breathing techniques to calm them down, allow them to ‘unpack’ their issues and slowly go to their presenting problem. With the help of breathing techniques, and being able to gently unpack their issues in a non-judgemental, safe and therapeutic space and be heard, clients then feel validated, have their issues heard and able to constructively talk about their issues and concerns. Gradually as one and each of these issues are being addressed, their anxiety gradually subsides and becomes more manageable.
- Clients have found the breathing techniques to be helpful. Methods of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy being taught becomes a Useful ‘Life guide’ as clients go through life now handling all sorts of problems and not just when anxiety arises.
My approach is both Clinical and Compassionate.
- In mild to moderate cases of depression, an identification of the causes leading to the depression is being explored and constructive discussion of issues is taken to address the cause of the depression. The role of Exercise, Mindfulness, Meditation, Physical Activity, Diet, Engaging in Meaningful Activities are being explored and discussed to get clients back on their feet slowly. CBT is also used.
- If after a number of sessions, clients do not respond to therapy alone and depression worsens, psychoeducation about the role that medication plays in regulating one’s biological functioning as used together in combination with therapy being an evidence-based supported fact is usually being communicated to clients as an option. This would happen if, after a number of sessions, counselling is not sufficient to deal with cases of severe depression.
- For clients who have had to deal with an ongoing diagnosis of depression for a long time, sometimes the slow results of therapy can be quite discouraging. Some would need to continuously put in the effort to maintain physical activity, keep active and stay engaged and interested in life. For what I have seen, for those who do come out of depression, these are clients who go to the root of their emotional ‘thorn’ and ‘unroot’ it. A lot of these cases have their issues stemming from childhood (or it could be other ‘deep holding issue(s)’)which takes some work and time to heal and build their sense of self and with CBT, clients then become stronger and develop Confidence and Resilience in themselves that they venture out back into the world as Stronger people. With Time, Wisdom and Experience, in successful cases, they get a handle of their depression.
A more comprehensive list of my clinical areas of interest.
Because of my cultural background I can empathise well with clients of migrant descent who are trying to acclimatise to and integrate into mainstream Australian culture. I have also been particularly sought after by Asian Australian clients who are faced with complex cultural issues such as dynamics of relationships between migrant parents and children brought up in the Western tradition.
I can conduct sessions with a mixture of Cantonese and English (but not solely in the Cantonese language). I can also speak Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) and can conduct sessions with a mixture of Malay and English.
Clients would say that I am unpretentious, genuine, caring and empathetic. I focus on building trust and a relationship with a client where they can feel safe to be vulnerable with me with no fear of being judged. Holistic and “heartfelt” generally summarizes my approach.
As a person and professional, I have always aimed and continue to aspire to be a person of high moral integrity. I’d like to lighten the burden of the world when I can. I am also a very spiritual person, knowing that being spiritual and religious is not necessarily the same thing.
I am Humanistic, Holistic, Rogerian, Strength-Based, Existential, Spiritual (depending on my audience) and oriented in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology Approaches.
I am a keen believer of Self-Actualization (from Abraham Maslow’s Theory of Self-Actualization, which means the potential for one to continually improve themselves) and I am passionate about helping my clients to achieve personal growth, learning life lessons from all crises and challenging experiences in their life path so that they can become more resilient.
I hope to ‘Build People Up’ “from within” and ‘Empower Them’…
June’s clinical areas of interest include:
- Adjustment Disorder & Change
- General Emotional Issues
- Panic Disorder
- Alcohol & Substance Addiction
- Breakups, Separation & Divorce
- General Relationship Issues
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Unresolved Childhood Issues
- Existential Crisis & Lack of Purpose
- Peer Pressure
- Motivational Issues
- Coping with Change
- Career Exploration
- Cultural Assimilation
- Cultural Identity Issues
- Carer’s Issues
- Spirituality Concerns
- Job Loss
- LGBTI issues
June invites you to email her with any queries, to get more information, and to assess suitability for counselling services or to ask her directly to schedule an appointment on your behalf.
June is registered with Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and the Australian Psychology Society (APS).
To reveiw June’s registration and membership details click below:
- Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)
- Australia Psychology Society (APS)
For further assistance, please email June anytime.
June’s articles of interest
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