Hi, I'm Desiree. I was born and raised in Singapore, where I spent my childhood and adolescence (like many others) wondering what I would be when I grew up. Over the years, I slowly discovered my passion for creating and holding space for connection and eventually followed my instinct into the study of the human psyche as a profession. I completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the National University of Singapore, and worked at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for 7 years as a Senior Clinical Psychologist. I then embarked on a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training journey in Ubud, Bali, which expanded and deepened my capacity to hold space for the journey back to the Self, for myself and others.
I now offer therapy services in private practice and contribute across various platforms in the capacity of a wellness professional. I also teach both public and private yoga classes and facilitate women's circles/humanity circles in the community.
While I hope to be able to contribute with what I have received, I continue to be, first and foremost, a beginner at heart and a student of life.
THERAPY WITH DES
All of us, at some points in our lives, experience periods of feeling overwhelmed. We may feel stuck and frustrated, trapped in a cycle of unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours. More often than not, we attempt to keep these difficult feelings and experiences to ourselves, or cope with them using convenient, short-term 'solutions'. But the body keeps score, and these buried wounds eventually rise to the surface, ripe for healing and transformation.
In my work as a therapist, I have had the privilege of journeying with people from the ages of 4 to 84, people from diverse backgrounds experiencing a broad range of difficulties including post-traumatic stress, depression, self-harm behaviours, grief and loss, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, selective mutism, anger-management problems and relationship difficulties.
My work is guided by a holistic and person-centred approach that honours the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of each individual's or family's unique life story. I draw from a toolbox of evidence-based therapies applied mindfully with a healthy dose of self-reflection, humility and constant curiosity.
Seeking therapy can be a daunting experience for many people. Beyond any particular therapeutic modality, I prioritise building a trustworthy relationship and holding a nurturing, non-judgmental space in which people feel safe to explore the challenges of their lives.
YOGA WITH DES
My first experience of yoga was as a teenager, when my mother had me tag along for a class in someone's living room. I remember feeling a sense of connection to the practice even back then, but I only started practising regularly during my years in university. Since then, Yoga has been my faithful companion, my respite during stressful times, my doorway home to my Self when life throws me curveballs.
As the urge to delve deeper into my relationship with Yoga intensified, I embarked on a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Hatha yoga with Emily Kuser (www.highvibeyoga.com) and her brilliantly curated international faculty: Andrea Boni, Nanna Wagner, Mei Lai Swan and Rachel Ellery. The journey I experienced with these teachers truly shook things up and awakened a desire to share the gifts that had been illuminated. I am grateful for the opportunity to share these gifts, and my intention is clear – to hold space for the journey back to the Self.
Where you'll find me:
Yin Yoga by Candlelight - Thursdays 7PM
Get in touch with me for collaborations/events - I love a good connection.
EVENTS WITH DES
Decades of research have shown that a secure attachment style is a predictor for strong relationships and psychological resilience. It has become increasingly clear that fostering secure attachments when children are young may be one of the most valuable investments parents can make for their offspring.
The Circle of Security® Parenting Program is an internationally-recognised program based on decades of research, designed to support and strengthen the sense of security in parent-child relationships. The program consists of a small group of parents that meet on a weekly basis for 6 weeks, for 2 hours each week.
Sessions are guided by myself, a registered COS-P program facilitator, and discussions are structured around COS-P DVD videos and handouts. Parents are invited to reflect, explore and learn in a respectful and non-judgmental environment, and often benefit from sharing and listening to the experiences of other parents.
Topics covered include:
Our children’s security needs
How to “Be With” our children’s emotions
Exploring how our experience of being parented impacts how we care for our children
Understanding our own triggers and miscues
Bigger, Stronger, Wiser and Kind parenting
Repairing relationship ruptures
This group is suitable for parents of children between 2-16 years old.
Schedule: Fridays 9-11am, starting 4th May 2018.
Watch a short video about COS-P here: https://vimeo.com/122770192
For more information: https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/
Email me at to enquire/register.