Adrea Tan


Education & Professional License / Accreditation

Lembaga Kaunseling Malaysia

(#KB09134, #PA08744)

Master in Counselling, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), HELP University

Professional Statement

When I was in Form 5, I participated in a competition organized by Psychology department of HELP University and that was my first exposure to psychology. I realized that I have a strong interest towards it, which is why after I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology, I did a six months internship at Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA). I was given the opportunity to plan and execute activities for the individuals who joined the daily rehabilitation programme. The goal for the rehab programme was to equip individuals with better social and communication skills for them to be more independent in the community. Through the internship experience at MMHA, I found out that I want to do more for the individuals but I didn’t have the sufficient knowledge and relevant skills, and thus, I decided to join Masters in Counselling programme at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

I completed my Masters in Counselling in January 2020. As part of my masters’ programme, I served as a trainee counsellor at Pusat Sejahtera in USM and Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen (IPK) Pulau Pinang. My experience as a trainee allowed me to explore how is it like working with university students who face issues such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss of identity, relationship problem, depression, and self-harm. While at IPK Pulau Pinang, I had the opportunity to work with police officers with issues of stress, communication difficulties, anger, and relationship problem.

I spend most of my time working with teens and young adults with emotional and behavioural issues. My base therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where I look into the core beliefs of individuals that affect their thinking and actions in order to help them to live a purposeful and hopeful life. I enjoy my work very much, especially when self-healing happens when I help clients to heal and when I gain new perspective and insight when I help clients to pursue theirs.

Upon being a registered and licensed counsellor, I decided to have continuous supervision to further develop myself as a competent and effective counsellor. My supervisor always tells me to ‘trust the (counselling) process’, and this is what I believe too – that when clients trust the process, they are embarking on a journey of acceptance, of change, and of growth.


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