Our Team

Counsellors and Psychologists

Vinti Mittal

Director of SACAC Counselling
MS (Counselling), Grad. Cert. (Counselling)
PGDCA (Comp Sc), BSc (Hons)
SAC Registered

Vinti was in private practice for many years before taking the role of Director of SACAC Counselling. Vinti holds Masters and a Graduate Certificate in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. She is also a Certified Sand Therapy Practitioner and a member of Singapore Association of Counselling.

She has a special therapeutic interest in working with children and is highly skilled in providing support to preschoolers, children, teens, young adults and parents with various issues. Vinti uses an Integrative approach in her work while working with her clients. She has received training to use a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Expressive Therapies like Sand, Play & Art Therapy, and Mindfulness. She has extensive experience in working with a wide range of psychological issues like stress, anger, anxiety, confidence, self-esteem, body image, depression, social skills, grief and issues related to academics, with children of all ages as well as young adults.

For the last many years she has been providing counselling support to expatriate as well as Singaporean children and parents. She has been living in Asia and Middle East for the past 16 years. Her multicultural background gives her the ability to empathize with children as well as adults of different nationalities and cultures whilst retaining the objectives of the therapy.

Over the years she has been contributing articles for a number of parenting magazines, newsletters and online magazines. She has been often heard on FM 93.8 talking on parenting issues. In addition to her qualifications in counselling, Vinti holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications.

Vinti provides consultation in English, Hindi and Bahasa Indonesia.

Dr Thea Longman

DClinPsych/MSc, BPsych(Hons)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (AHPRA)
Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

Dr Thea Longman is a Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology and combined Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science from the University of Sydney. Thea has worked previously with children, adolescents and families in schools, clinic and hospital settings in Sydney, Australia.

Thea provides clinical assessment and treatment for emotional and behavioural problems in pre-schoolers, children, adolescents and young people, including anxiety, depression, life adjustment, emotion regulation, oppositional behaviour, school refusal and parent-child relational issues. She draws on therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness based approaches, play therapy and parent-child therapy.

Thea also conducts psychometric assessments of school-aged children to assess cognitive ability, learning difficulties and attention issues.

Thea focuses on providing a supportive space for clients to understand presenting issues and develop their capacity to face life challenges. She approaches her work with compassion and creativity. Thea believes in working collaboratively with parents, teachers and allied health professionals to create supportive environments that promote the client’s general wellbeing.

Rachel Upperton

Registered Psychologist, PhD

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Psychology Honors and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Charles Sturt University. Rachel has over twelve years experience working as a psychologist and a further ten years working in Social Welfare. Rachel began working with adults and adolescents within a hospital setting in group and individual counseling. More recently Rachel has seen clients in private practice over the last 7 years in Sydney Australia. In additional Rachel has experience developing and facilitating corporate stress management workshops. As a Mood Disorders specialist Rachel assists people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder and Perinatal Depression/Anxiety. Rachel predominately practices using the techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. A collaborative therapeutic relationship is a priority in her work with clients. Assisting clients to understand the interactions of mind, body and behavior is key in her work.


Mahima Gupta Didwania

(M.A., MSPS, CRT, C.Ht.) Clinical Psychologist, Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Regression Therapist and Advanced EFT Practitioner, Breakthrough Coach, Matrix Re-imprinting & NLP Practitioner

Mahima completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from University of Mumbai in 2010 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Trans-personal Regression therapies from the Tasso Institute, Holland in 2014, both at the top of her class. She has been professionally trained in advanced Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Matrix Re-imprinting, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Breakthrough Coaching through Vitality Living College, U.K. She is also an Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist trained at the California Hypnosis Institute of India.

Mahima has done a course in Disaster Counselling from University of Mumbai and has been trained in REBT for children. Mahima is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), an international affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA), an associate member of the Indian Association of Positive Psychology (IAPP), a Certified Regression Therapist with EARth Association and a Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner with AAMET. She is a trainer for EFT and facilitates workshops and camps on topics involving personality and self-development, communication and social skills, parenting, stress-management and other relevant topics.

Mahima has over 5 years of clinical experience in psychological assessment, counselling and therapy. She has a special interest in inner child work and positive psychology. Mahima has worked with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and group therapy setups.

Mahima provides consultations in English and Hindi. She uses REBT, CBT, Positive Psychology, Play therapy, Mindfulness based techniques, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy employing a client centred, action oriented, psycho-spiritual therapeutic style. Mahima has worked with Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Relationship issues, Communication, Social and Parenting skills, Anger and Stress management and Personal development among other areas.

Yana Ricart

Registered Singapore Counsellor
MSsoc (Counselling), MSFP, Diploma (Psychotherapy), Grad Cert (Counselling),
Grad Cert (Expressive Therapies), Diploma (Yoga), BSc (Hons)

Yana is a registered counsellor with a Masters Degree in Social Sciences (Counselling) from the University of South Australia, a Diploma in Psychotherapy and a Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills. She is a Master Solution Focus Practitioner, and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Expressive Therapies.

Yana has worked with children, and at risk adolescents, in both the local school system as well as the international school system in Singapore. She has also provided counselling in multiple languages to adults. She has dealt with issues such as anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, cultural adjustment, life transitions, etc. Her focus is helping her clients to get in touch with their own strengths and resilience to better face the challenges of their lives.

Originally from Latin America, Yana has spent the past 25 years in Asia. She can provide counselling in English, Spanish and Japanese. Her multi-cultural background allows her to empathize with clients from different cultures.

In her work as a counsellor, Yana integrates various therapeutic approaches including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Expressive Therapies and Mindfulness Based Family Constellations. Yana also has a Diploma in Yoga Teaching and a background in dance and dance therapy, which allows her to include relaxation and visualization techniques together with body awareness and movement into her practice.

Ian O'Neill

BSc - Psychology, PGDip - Psychology
Registered Psychologist (AHPRA)
Associate Member - Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Ian was awarded his BSc (Psych) and PGDip (Psych) from Macquarie University, Australia. He has been a registered psychologist since 2009 and is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He completed his thesis in the field of neuroscience and has a strong interest in neuroplasticity of the brain and mindfulness methods for change.

Prior to moving to Singapore in 2016, Ian worked at his private practice in Sydney’s Northern Beaches for 6 years. He also worked at Gidget House in North Sydney, which focused on perinatal mental health issues. Ian has worked with a wide range of psychological issues including depression, PND, anxiety, trauma, addictions and relationship problems. Ian also has a strong passion for working with adolescents dealing with the struggles associated with teenage years. Ian has experience in assisting new parents coming to terms with the challenges of parenthood.

He has received extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is also skilled in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Prior to working in private practice Ian was employed as a psychologist with the Royal Australian Navy. His main roles included counselling, vocational assessments, suicide risk assessments and critical incident mental health screens.

Ian undertook his clinical internship as a psychologist with the Royal North Shore Hospital Community Mental Health. During which time he case managed clients with complicated psychiatric disorders.

Ian has a strong interest in the military, having served in the Irish Defence Forces from 1994 until 1999. He completed active service as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Southern Lebanon in 1998.

Anita Corfe

CPsychol., DCPsych., BSc. Hons
Chartered Counselling Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist
AFBPsS., Reg. Psychol. PSsI., EAP.

Dr. Anita Corfe is a highly trained and experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist who works with adults, adolescents and couples. She relocated to Singapore from Ireland where she worked for many years in private practice. Previously she trained and worked in the National Health Service in the U.K. She has lived in Canada, Africa and many European countries and has developed a keen sense of cross-cultural awareness. Originally Anita trained as a general nurse in Ireland.

Anita uses an Integrative approach in her work with clients and has many skills including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfullness. She tailors her approach to the individual needs and aims of her clients in recognition that everyone is unique. She can offer short term solutions or longer terms explorations.

Her experience covers working with the broad range of problems that life can bring including anxiety, stress, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, fears and phobias, depression, grief and loss, abuse, relationship issues, attachment issues, anger issues, self – esteem and assertiveness issues. Anita offers supervision to trainee psychotherapists and psychologists.

In addition to her clinical work, Anita has created and implemented positive parenting workshops and psycho-educative programmes for schools, communities and the corporate sector in the UK and Ireland. She is passionate about her role and has a deep awareness of her personal privilege to be able to assist and facilitate her clients in their aims towards personal growth and development.

Anita has a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute, London, U.K. and Middlesex University, U.K. She obtained a BSc (Hons) Psychology from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, U.K. She has lectured Psychology at third level institutions in Ireland and has worked as a psychotherapist trainer. She is currently a Registered Psychologist in both the Uk and Ireland, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Psychotherapist with the European Association of Psychotherapy.

Laura Timms

MA Counselling and Psychotherapy

Laura holds a Masters with distinction in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London, UK. She has worked with a wide range of psychological issues within the British National Health Service, including anxiety, depression, bereavement, phobias, compulsive behaviour, obsessions, panic, trauma, and stress-related physical health conditions.

Laura has extensive experience working with individuals in relation to family and relationship conflict. She has a special therapeutic interest in sexual and domestic violence, and has lectured and delivered training on these topics to police, healthcare professionals, teachers and therapists. Laura worked with individuals from a wide range of nationalities and cultural backgrounds in London, before moving with her family to Singapore in 2014.

In her work as a therapist, Laura brings together a range of psychotherapeutic approaches to meet the individual needs of clients, including CBT; mindfulness-based approaches; psychodynamic; and systemic.

In parallel with her work as a therapist, Laura is an experienced coach, working with individuals in a corporate context to promote personal effectiveness and to navigate challenges at work successfully. Laura has worked at a senior level in strategy and people development with public, private and voluntary sector organisations, from small scale start-ups to national bodies with tens of thousands of employees.

Laura specialises in supporting senior leaders to set strategic direction and lead with clarity, purpose, integrity and vision; coaching managers to enhance their people leadership skills and drive improved performance; and inspiring high potential early and mid-career professionals to plan and prepare effectively for future

Integrating her expertise as both a therapist and coach, Laura is also skilled at working effectively and ethically with individuals who have areas of difficulty that they wish to address, but who wish to work actively towards personal or professional goals, improve their performance and reach their potential. She has served on the organising committee of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals.

In addition to her professional qualifications, Laura holds a BA Hons in English and an MPhil in American Literature from Cambridge University. Her academic background is reflected in a strong interest in creative and reflective writing as a therapeutic tool and for personal growth.

Sanaa Lundgren

MS Soc (Counselling)
Collaborative Family Practitioner (SMC)

Sanaa holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Liege University (Belgium). Being passionate about Counselling, she took up her Masters degree in Social Science (Counselling) from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia).

Sanaa’s educational and professional background from Europe, Africa and Asia has exposed her to diverse cultures. Since 2000 she has worked in the social / psychological fields supporting multicultural population in dealing with issues such as human trafficking, sexual mutilations and domestic violence.

After relocating to Singapore, Sanaa counselled both adults (individuals and couples) and adolescents at a private hospital and a private practice. She has also counselled students and families in local and international schools and helped them overcome a range of emotional issues including adjustment, depression, low self-esteem, bullying, body image, and parenting. Sanaa also incorporates activities including drawing and playing to her therapeutic approach with children and adolescents.

Sanaa is also a Collaborative Family Practitioner appointed on the panel of Singapore Mediation Centre. As such she works closely with collaborative lawyers to help divorcing couple navigate the process of divorce in a smooth way, with close attention to their children’s best interest. She is also experienced in working with couples on issues related to communication, rebuilding trust after an affair, and domestic violence.

Sanaa uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioural and Redecision Therapy. The latter is based on the re-enactment of important childhood scenes in order to change the future through goal setting. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with its wide range of strategies provides the tools that help attain these goals and gain control of our lives.

Sanaa is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Associates

Dr Felicia Neo

PhD (Clinical Psychology & Neuroscience), PGDip (Clinical Psychology), BA (Psych & Mass Communications).

Dr Felicia Neo was awarded her PhD and PGDip from Swinburne University in Melbourne. She obtained her Bachelor’s from Monash University. She is a Singaporean by birth but has lived, studied and worked in Melbourne for many years. She relocated back to Singapore to continue working in psychology. Felicia is a member of the American Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association, Australian Psychological Society, Society for Neuroscience and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

The human mind and behavior has always captivated Felicia’s interest and motivated her to explore more in the realms of human nature. She also understands and cherishes cultural and family values across countries. She has worked with psychologists, researchers and doctors from other similar and various disciplines like the Social Anxiety Group (Cognitive Therapy Program) at Swinburne Psychology Clinic, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, National Institute of Complimentary Medicine Centre for the Study of Natural Medicines and Neurocognition, the Lifespan Development Group, Cognitive Neurosciences and Brain Dynamics Group and many more.

Felicia’s specializations / experiences include working with a comprehensive array covering anxiety spectrum; mood; trauma-and stressor-related disorders, compulsions, abuse, anger management, family and relationship counseling, therapy for disability and chronic illness, bereavement, addictions, issues in peer and societal pressure, self-esteem, memory, personality, and geriatrics.

Felicia is certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT; Australia); Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy Inc - Melbourne); and EMDR (EMDR Association of Australia).

Felicia has presented her research at the International Cognitive Neuroscience Conference and at the Students of Brain Research Symposium. She has her work published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. She previously taught at Swinburne University but now currently does sessional teaching at James Cook University Singapore.