Magdalen is a counsellor with Encompassing Therapy and Counselling, and specialises in therapy with adults facing existential issues. She is also currently a final year doctoral trainee in existential psychology and psychotherapy at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (in conjunction with Middlesex University).
Based in Singapore, she has extensive experience as a therapist and counsellor in the mental health field for the last 9 years. Her expertise includes working alongside people on the autism spectrum and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar.
Currently, she provides long and short-term individual therapy sessions in English. Her specialisation is in helping adult clients empower themselves in both their personal and professional lives through life events and transitions, including, but not limited to:
Death and dying
Grief and Bereavement
Life transitions (entering college, starting/switching careers, getting married, retirement etc)
Parenting (new parents, parents with special needs, parents losing a child)
Her approach is a collaborative and relational one where she facilitates the opening of awareness by shining a light on previously unseen choices. This is especially helpful for those who believe that they have the power to change their lives but do not know how to harness it. In addition to finding hope to their presenting issues, clients can benefit from sessions by arriving at their own insights, developing courage to make difficult decisions, gaining a bigger worldview and becoming the expert of their own lives.
Interest in existential psychology has been visibly growing in Asia, particularly prevalent in Hong Kong, Malaysia and China. Its lack of presence in Singapore has prompted Magdalen to create opportunities in promoting and educating students, lay people and practitioners in this field of practice within the country. Her commitment to this resolve is evident in the work she has done, including conducting workshops, talks and group work related to the field in places such as Singtel, AWWA, SGH and HealthServe.
Prior to this, Magdalen began her career in behavioural work, teaching children with autism and behavioural issues using Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2014, she transitioned into the mental health field. Since then, she has gained experience as a volunteer and practitioner across different settings with a varied group of clients. These include Assisi Hospice, Family Life Society, Singapore Anglican Community Service (SACS) and Clarity Singapore.
Magdalen is accredited with the Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (APACS) and is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA).