At the time I met Andy, I was at my wits ends about my parental traumas and wounds. I spent 6 years living outside of my parents’ home – 4 years at uni, 2 years working overseas and when Circuit Breaker 2020 happened, all of a sudden I was stuck at home in such uncomfortably close proximity to them, it made me desperate for help. I was deeply affected by their dysfunctional relationship, especially because my mother made me play the role of her friend/spouse/therapist since I was 10 years old. Their marriage had always affected me and I had been in and out of therapy about feeling accountable for my mother’s inability to self-regulate her thoughts and emotions.
The time I spent with Andy was actually 6 months of a 6 year process in which I came to understand, accept and forgive not only my parents but also myself for all the traumatic events that have laced my pre-pubescent and teenage years. I found Andy’s socratic methods of asking questions instead of blatant advice-giving very suitable for me. In my sessions with Andy, I never felt like he was giving me unsolicited advice. I always felt Andy was responding to me instead of telling me what to do. He withholds any personal opinion or value judgement on what I feel and most of all, he does not tell me how to feel. In this sense, Andy respects my autonomy as a complex being. He understands that his role as a therapist is to help clients be in touch with themselves and he sees that it is only in this restoration that the client is able to best help themselves. I would say that Andy was a catalyst in helping me return to my most authentic self, a self from which I had been unconditioned because of my mother’s wounds.
Andy also conducted group therapy with me and my mother, art therapy sessions where I would colour a mandala with colours that represent my parents and say to the mandala whatever I have always wanted to say to them, without filters. These activities helped me to achieve the purging that I need to feel whole, and to arrive at a version of myself that feels most real and true.
— Alex (pseudo name), 25 y/o, working professional, 2021
Andy is a wholehearted and genuine therapist. He earned my trust during the time collaborating with him. He assisted me to achieve a better self-esteem and a calmer self. My anxiety was much less debilitating to my daily life. Andy shared different mindfulness exercises that help me to manage the various anxious situation. Each exercise was tailored and worked consistently.
We also did some trauma-focused work on some major life events I had faced in the past, starting on the less daunting tasks and easing our way into tackling bigger demons towards the end. There’s a clear sense of structure and what we were going to do with each session, but also, he was really flexible with the timings, allowing me more freedom when I want to face a particular demon.
There’s a stark contrast from how I worked with previous therapists to Andy, thanks to his grounding techniques, as we managed to get me grounded and calm at the end of each therapy session, so I did not have to feel like crap after a session. That helped make each session a memorable and empowering experience. We ended with brief art therapy to consolidate my biggest takeaways from therapy, which was a beautiful form of closure. I am much happier and confident today, feeling at ease with my life, and I am really thankful to have chanced across his therapy services.
— Amelie (pseudo name), 27 y/o, full-time adult student, 2021
I came to Andy to manage my anxiety and depressive feelings. Managing and coping with these issues has been much better after therapy. I have gained insights and awareness to my issues and situations that contributed to anxiety and depressed feelings. Andy shared deep breathing and calming exercises. These exercises helped regulate and control my physical body during anxious moments. Andy used art therapy and empty chair technique to revisit some of my past traumatic events. These therapies have provided closure to events where it was difficult to confront. Now, there is a sense of calmness and acceptance. Having a safe space to talk to Andy brings much stability and peace to my mind. Definitely, a good decision that I made for the well-being of my mental health.
— Wazzy (pseudo name), 39 y/o, working professional, 2021
Therapy sessions at Andy’s home clinic was a respite. It was a safe, conducive and non-judgemental space for me to process and release my difficult emotions, and to work on some present-day / childhood & trauma issues during some sessions. Andy’s a warm, genuine and down-to-earth counsellor who embodied a sense of spaciousness to allow feelings, events, thoughts to come as they are, and to approach them with a sense of openness. Perhaps it’s also because I resonated with his mindfulness techniques – it made sense that I had to equip myself with the skills to bring the calm of the forest in my head with me wherever I go – and this truly inspires me to empower others (my own future clients) as well. Thanks Andy for helping to water me as a plant, showing grace and shining light to the parts of me that I’ve lost sight of and to slowly guide me to the paths of self-care, trust and nurturance.
— Kayla (pseudo name), 27 y/o , working professional & part-time student, 2020
Andy is a great listener, patient and an empathetic therapist. Sessions with him are always very comfortable and most importantly you will not be judged. Through the course of our sessions, Andy introduced me to a few forms of therapy, mainly breathing techniques (like some form of meditation) art therapy (colouring) and empty chair technique to bring closure to an ‘unfinished business’ of mine. The empty chair technique, in particular, allowed me to let out all my emotional stress which I have suppressed inside for a period of time.
I view myself as quite a ‘nutshell to crack’ because I have a stubborn character and often I would directly reject Andy’s suggestions or challenged him with my own opinions and thoughts. Nevertheless, he handled these situations well and I was able to change my perspective about that problem or situation. There are sessions where it was emotionally challenging and draining for me (e.g. a “closure” session) and whenever there is such a session, Andy will always ensure that I am comfortable and ready for it. This shows that he is considerate towards my well-being and respect my decisions and will at all times. I am glad and relieved that I’ve met a counsellor whom I can trust and believe that I can eventually regain my self-confidence again.
— Maggie (pseudo name), 35 y/o, working professional, 2020
I was referred to Andy for counselling through a friend when I was going through an emotionally challenging phase after my operation in Dec 2018. During this phase, I had to juggle the demands of a new job, family, personal commitments and side effects of medication. After attending Andy’s 1st few sessions, I found he was very empathetic towards my problems and provided a great listening ear. In addition, he taught me the deep breathing technique which proved to be very useful. He also used nature walk as a therapy tool to open my mind and allowed me to approach my problems from different perspectives. Before attending Andy’s sessions, I also attended a therapy session by a certified psychologist. I prefer Andy’s approach as he provided effective ways for me to manage my problems and emotions.
— Steffie (pseudo name), 43y/o, working professional, 2019
“I came for counselling because I had some anxiety issues. Andy’s imagery therapy is super effective because it allows me to revisit the triggering situation again but in a much more safe environment. We recalled the first anxiety episode, analyse the situation and focused on seemingly minute details. I gained insights and awareness to triggering factors causing my anxiety. After which, we practised coping mechanisms and grounding techniques such as mindfulness breathing and drinking. Thereafter, I could manage my anxious situations better.”
— Deepika (pseudo name), 26y/o, working professional, 2019
“Sessions with Andy are cathartic. I can express myself freely without fear of being judged. Andy is a great listener and his sincerity shows in every session. Suffice to say, I look forward to our sessions because I know that I have someone whom I can engage in open conversations with. Andy’s art therapy, in particular, the mandala technique, has helped me created true closure for myself following an accident. I am now at peace with what has happened and am not troubled by it.”
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— Aqilah (pseudo name), 27, working professional & part-time student, 2019
“Andy is a Michelin-starred therapist who has a very unique approach. He has a way of giving me new perspectives on a certain way of thinking or situation. He is not afraid to challenge unhealthy thoughts or behaviour with tough questions which provoke further thoughts about the subject. He has helped me tremendously with my anxiety by introducing me to a few forms of therapy, mainly imagery therapy which has a calming effect. He has also helped me with dealing with suicidal thoughts and how to handle them when they come. The environment of his counselling space is very conducive for therapy as it makes me feel safe and is comfortable enough to be at ease, the ambient music he plays has very a calming effect on a person.”
— Ian (pseudo name), 22y/o, student, 2019
“I came to Andy for help in coping with work-related stress. Through the course of our sessions, he has helped me gain a lot of clarity and insight in dealing with my work stress by talking through the issues with me and introducing breathing and relaxation techniques. These relaxation techniques have been very useful in managing worries and stress, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs help handling anxiety and stress-related issues. His home clinic is also very calming and conducive for therapy sessions.”
— Celine (pseudo name), 24y/o, fresh graduate, 2019