Principal Psychologist

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 Ms. Chien Ya (Helen) Su

Clinical Psychologist

BA, GradDipPsych., MPsych (Clin)

Helen has a keen interest in working with young adults (aged 18 and above) and adults. Her clients come from different walks of life. She believes that understanding human thoughts, emotions and behaviours is a study which requires both a scientific and compassionate mind. Bright Mind Psychology symbolises the various meanings that it carries - opening up, tapping potential, self-actualization and light-heartedness - all of which Helen believes is possible for every person even when facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles in their lives.


In assisting clients with their worries and their growth, Helen looks forward to providing individualized care using evidence-based treatment modalities to suit the unique characteristics, values and life story of the person sitting across from her. The techniques that she chooses to tailor to her clients' strengths include those from treatment modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and EMDR. Helen is also keen on exploring attachment styles, and culture (ethnic, socioeconomic, family, work etc.) to better inform her therapeutic journey with clients. 


As a student migrant, Helen believes her diverse cultural and life transition experiences assist her in connecting with people within the context of their own communities. Straddling a hybrid of traditions and cultures has helped her navigate the challenges of both fitting in and standing out in a globalised community and multicultural Australia. Helen is also gender-sensitive and inclusive. She embraces the complexity of each client's path and enjoys getting to know how their experiences have guided them.

Helen has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology from the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University and Deakin University. She is an accredited Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has worked extensively in both public health and private practice work settings over the last decade.