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Meet The Team

Who We Are

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Jasmine K.Y. Loo

Educational and Developmental Psychologist,

Board Approved Supervisor

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I am Kah Yan Loo - most people know me as Jasmine. I have loved the study of the human mind and behaviour long before I moved to Australia to study psychology. Growing up, not many people around me understood my passion for psychology because mental health awareness/understanding was almost non-existent in Malaysia at the time. However, it never ceases to fascinate me, how the brain works and how each of us and our stories is so unique.

Eventually I developed a special interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the atypical presentation of ASD. I started working with many on the spectrum and people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and continue to be inspired and blown away by their strengths till this day. Through therapy sessions, I’ll support you 

in overcoming your difficulties and celebrating your unique strengths. It can often be easy to dismiss or overlook our strengths, especially when we are going through a tough time. If this is something you struggle with, I’ll support you to recognise your strengths, overcome barriers, and build a meaningful life that you value.

As a psychologist, one of the most important things for me is to build a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients, which makes a strong foundation for efficient therapy. Therapy goals are drawn up in collaboration with clients and parents in session, and I endeavour to create a safe therapy space for my clients. I believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and adopt a strength-based, eclectic therapy approach to suit the individual needs of clients I work with. 

Before becoming a psychologist, I worked as an early childhood teacher registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. I embrace an empowering approach when working with children, and respect them as my equals. In addition to psychology, another passion of mine is studying languages. I speak 6 languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay language and Japanese), and achieved native language level proficiency with the first 4 on the list. Therefore, I am able to offer psychology services in Mandarin and Cantonese, in addition to English. Multicultural awareness helps me offer culturally sensitive support to clients from diverse cultures at work.

In terms of personal interests, I am a Potterhead and fan of many Sanrio and Disney characters. I love travelling and have an appreciation for heritage buildings (the oldest one I’ve stayed at was built in the Dark Ages, more than 500 years ago) because once again, I love anything with a good story and a rich history. In the last few years, I have also been enjoying pyrography (wood burning) immensely.

 

At home, I am the proud mum of my 3 furbabies, Hugo, Sunshine and Moon. They all had a tough start to life, some with impacts that may be here to stay for life, but presently, they believe that they run the household and call the shots. Who knows? Perhaps one day, one of them may show potential to be a therapy cat or dog, and you might get to meet them!

Education and professional memberships:

  • Full registration with Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)

  • Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology

  • Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Approved Supervisor

  • Full registration with Victorian Institute of Teaching (non-practicing)

  • Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (M. Ed & Dev. Psych)

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (BPsych Honours)

  • Bachelor of Arts, majors in Psychology & Japanese (BA)

  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)


Special professional interests:

Female presentation of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)                                      Anxiety and depression

Life transitions                                                                                                         Cognitive and educational assessments

Learning difficulties                                                                                                 ASD assessment (child and adult)

Counselling                                                                                                             Emotional regulation

Mindfulness                                                                                                             Affective education

Behavioural management and parenting support                                                  Self-esteem

ADHD assessment                                                                                                  Social skills development

Andrea Ong

Provisional Psychologist

I am Andrea Ong, a provisional psychologist who is passionate about supporting the mental wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan. My previous experiences as a special education behaviour therapist and disability support worker have given me valuable insight in the sphere of early intervention and family collaboration, particularly when working with children and adolescents.

 

The skills I have developed through my training thus far have allowed me to build my expertise in assessment, intervention, and counselling. Together, they have enabled me to better adapt and

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communicate effectively with people of varying ages to identify, address, and support the management of their life challenges. These challenges include difficulties in learning, socialising, managing behaviours, overall wellbeing, and developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety disorders and Mood disorders, among others.

 

I firmly believe that using a holistic and strengths-based approach to journey through diverse stages of change, combined with accurate and comprehensive assessments, will foster an environment that leads to the best outcomes. To this end, my therapeutic style would be described as empathetic, warm and curious, resulting in one of the most important aspects of therapy for me: to identify and collaborate with clients on their personal goals, and help them create a tangible and/or mental environment where they can thrive. 

 

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to and playing music, watching lifestyle video logs (vlogs), and catching up with friends over coffee. My top three activities to destress include immersing myself in painting, walking at the beach, and going on picnics.

Education and professional memberships:

  • Provisional registration with Psychology Registration Board of Australia (PsyBA)

  • Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (M. Ed & Dev. Psych)

  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology (Grad. Dip. Psych)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology major (BA. Psych)

Ken
Administrative Assistant

Ken is our practice's administrative assistant and works with us a few days a month on average. He is modest and not a great fan of showing his face. He sees himself as a much more "behind-the-scenes" sort of guy but we wanted to include him on our team page to acknowledge what a great asset he is to us. He is our go-to whenever we run into any technology-related issues, and can organise files much tidier than Jasmine does (introduction written by Jasmine, and approved by Ken).

Pronouns: He/Him

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