June Chia

Psychologist

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.

Anxiety Disorders

  • 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.

Depression

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:

  • Stress
  • Loneliness
  • 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:

For further assistance, please email June anytime.

June’s articles of interest

Are you Doomed to be Unhappy?

Are you Doomed to be Unhappy?

Happiness is a state of wellness in which a person feels a sense of deep satisfaction and meaningfulness in their life. A happy person is one who experiences positive emotions such as joy and excitement more regularly than negative emotions like sadness, anxiety and...

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A Guide to Understanding and Beating Depression

A Guide to Understanding and Beating Depression

Source: pexels.com Given that there are nearly 322 million depression sufferers worldwide, it’s obvious that now, more than ever, we need to be mindful of our mental health. [1] But how can we prevent depression when we’re constantly under pressure to achieve more and...

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Easing Depression: 5 Creative Things You Can Do

Easing Depression: 5 Creative Things You Can Do

Each of us is going to go through difficult moments in life. Whether it’s the death of a loved one or an ugly breakup, the hardships that we sometimes face can have a significant impact on our overall sense of well-being. But even though most of us are resilient...

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7 Effective Ways to Calm Your Mind

7 Effective Ways to Calm Your Mind

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t silence that constant ‘noise’ in your head? Do you tend to feel restless and ‘fidgety’ every time you try to relax? Perhaps you’re so overwhelmed by your daily to-do list that you barely find a moment to put your mind on hold. Or...

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Mood Swings: What is Normal and What is Not?

Mood Swings: What is Normal and What is Not?

Mood swings are a relatively common phenomenon. On an average day, humans go through a wide array of emotions that can influence their overall sense of well-being. In fact, there are hundreds of biological, psychological, and environmental factors that can impact your...

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Loving Someone in the Grip of Addiction

Loving Someone in the Grip of Addiction

Loving someone in the grip of addiction isn’t easy. It’s hard to make a relationship work when your partner is emotionally unavailable and behaviourally unstable. On top of that, seeing your partner ruin his/her personal, social, and material well-being on an almost...

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7 Tips to Build Your Inner Strength

7 Tips to Build Your Inner Strength

We know for a fact that life is made up of ups and downs. One minute you enjoy a moment of peace and quiet and the next you find yourself facing a challenging situation that you were not quite ready for. That’s how life unfolds for many of us, and there’s little we...

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How to Deal with Workplace Performance Anxiety

How to Deal with Workplace Performance Anxiety

Have you ever experienced an unpleasant state of restlessness and panic right before a big interview or presentation? Do work meetings, product presentations, or performance reviews make you feel uneasy? Do you tend to make up all sorts of excuses just to avoid being...

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Understanding and Managing Social Anxiety: 5 tips

Understanding and Managing Social Anxiety: 5 tips

Almost everyone feels anxious at times, from situations as varied as their first bungee jump, first time standing in front of an audience to deliver a presentation, or starting a new job. However, people experiencing social anxiety (also referred to as social phobia),...

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5 Signs It’s Time to Seek Marriage Counselling

5 Signs It’s Time to Seek Marriage Counselling

Everybody can agree that relationships are tricky. When embarking on a lifelong journey alongside your significant other, there are no shortcuts, no quick tips, and no magical solutions that can guarantee smooth sailing. Building a robust union that will withstand the...

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3 Ways to Manage Depression Without Medication

3 Ways to Manage Depression Without Medication

Do you constantly feel so exhausted that you can’t even muster enough energy to take out the trash? Do negative thoughts torment you to the point where you can’t even get one hour of decent sleep? Has your appetite dropped significantly over the last several weeks? Do...

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9 Tips to Stop Feeling Anxious

9 Tips to Stop Feeling Anxious

It’s normal to get nervous about an important career, relationship or a life-changing event. What is not normal if you’re feeling anxious for long periods of time. Anxiety disorders can range from a generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), which is intensely worrying that...

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Is it Depression? Know the symptoms!

Is it Depression? Know the symptoms!

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that can present with symptoms that can cause negative distress to the quality of life for an individual. On occasions, depression symptoms can also be linked to anxiety. Depression can be described as feeling down,...

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Exercise to ease depression

Exercise to ease depression

Exercise! It may be the last piece of advice you want to hear from others when you’re feeling low and unmotivated. It is indeed a real struggle for someone with depression to even get out of the bed in the morning, let alone going for a jog, walk or get oneself off to...

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5 Tips To Help Manage Emotional Conflict

5 Tips To Help Manage Emotional Conflict

Do you find that you blow up often? Do you keep regretting saying mean things to people that you love? Does having 24/7 access to the news cycle constantly make you feel outraged to the highly emotionally charged messages? Well, realistically we have all become...

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Don’t let loneliness harm your health

Don’t let loneliness harm your health

A person who is alone may not be lonely. However, a person who is lonely might feel alone even when they are in the physical presence of others. This means that loneliness is an emotional state where a person feels unsatisfied with the amount or quality of intimacy...

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Divorced parents – The do’s and don’ts

Divorced parents – The do’s and don’ts

Divorce is always a dreaded outcome for any married couple. However, things get tougher and messier when children are involved. When you’re a parent who has decided to part ways with your partner, it can be heart-wrenching to see confused children make sense of the...

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Does Anxiety Lead to Depression?

Does Anxiety Lead to Depression?

Many anxiety disorders are linked to depression. If you have suffered from an anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress (PST) or social anxiety disorder, which if not diagnosed correctly and...

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Mind Games people play!

Mind Games people play!

  Many people, especially couples who are separated and have children, love playing psychological mind games. Why? People play these games on a social or psychological level over and over as these games are subconscious habitual patterns and unintentional methods...

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How to Help Your Spouse with Depression

How to Help Your Spouse with Depression

“When a spouse is depressed, a marriage can become depressed”… When a spouse suffers from depression, the associated emotions and feelings can be difficult to grasp and to comprehend from the other partner’s perspective, which can cause emotions to spiral out of...

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Are you Depressed & Distracted?

Are you Depressed & Distracted?

Do you find it hard to enjoy life? Are you easily irritable and have trouble concentrating? Do you often feel low on energy? Do you experience trouble remembering trivial information? Do you lack motivation or are plagued by a feeling of hopelessness? Do you often...

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Everyone should bond with others – here’s why?

Everyone should bond with others – here’s why?

Human beings are social beings. One of the general principles of co-habitation and community living is that humans cannot live in isolation. Over millions of years, humans have evolved as dependent creatures – every individual is dependent on another for procreation,...

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Night panic anxiety – What’s that?

Night panic anxiety – What’s that?

  Have you ever had a daytime anxiety or panic attack? If yes, then you already know how distressing the condition can be. Unfortunately, even people who haven’t ever experienced daytime panic attacks and do not have panic disorder can undergo the ordeal of a...

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Depression Relapse

Depression Relapse

Everyone feels sad or low at different points of time in their life. However, depression is not normal sadness. Depression is a mental health condition in which a person feels chronically sad, fatigued, worthless, socially withdrawn and unable to enjoy life. Sleeping...

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Can social media leave you socially isolated?

Can social media leave you socially isolated?

Using Social media sites for networking and connecting with friends and family has become an incessant part of people’s lives. Most people prefer this medium of interaction as it allows them instant connectivity with everyone in their network with just a few clicks....

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How Can Couple Counselling Help Us

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Couple Counselling Melbourne can help couples improve their relationship in many ways. For instance, counselling helps couples resolve conflict, improves two-way communication, can increase patience and tolerance levels allowing for a better understanding of each...

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Are you a Healthy Couple?

Are you a Healthy Couple?

Every couple has conflict. Couples who commonly clash, the conflict usually involves money, sex and kids. For instance, one spouse is a saver, while the other is a spender. One partner wants to have more sex, while the other doesn’t. One partner thinks their child...

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