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 adults of all ages. 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. Clients have described Helen's therapeutic style as relaxed with humour, knowledgable and comforting. Many have also described her as thorough and considered in her approach.

Helen identifies with having a culturally- and geographically-diverse background and believes that her colourful experiences assist her greatly 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.

To assist her clients in their journey, Helen provides individualised care using evidence-based treatment modalities to suit the unique characteristics, values and life story of the person speaking to her. The techniques that she chooses to tailor to her clients' strengths include those from these treatment modalities:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Schema Therapy

Cognitive-behavioural Therapy and its broader variations

Solution-Focused Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Helen's formative years were cultivated in Borneo, South East Asia with influences from New Zealand, China and the Netherlands. Her tertiary studies and majority of her working life were spent in Australia where she obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology from the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University and Deakin University. She is an accredited Clinical Psychologist who has worked extensively in both public health and private practice work settings over the last decade. In her other life, you may find Helen hunting for good food or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. She is also a fan of Survivor and artistic gymnastics, enjoys reading Jeffrey Archer and anything music.