Samuel Chua is a Senior Counsellor with the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
Samuel is actively involved in counselling clients with substance and behavioural addiction issues. He also conducts recovery programme for clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Samuel holds a Master of Art in Professional Counselling from the University of Monash and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland. He has been certified by The Association of Professionals Specialising in Addictions Counselling (APSAC) as a Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor (CSAC) and Certified Gambling Addiction Counsellor (CGAC). In 2016, he received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award where he was attached to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada for 6 weeks.
Eliza Yong is a Senior Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Service since 2009. She provides assessment and interventions for individuals from adolescence to older adulthood with substance and/or behavioural addictions and for family members affected by the addiction in the family, in individual personal sessions or in groups. Her work also includes working with individuals to reduce family violence. She also renders talks to public to increase understanding of addictions and recovery, impact of addictions on women and emotion management.
Eliza holds a Doctor of Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology in USA and is a certified substance addiction counsellor (CSAC) and gambling addiction counsellor (CGAC) under the Association of Professionals Specializing in Addictions Counselling (APSAC). In 2013, Eliza underwent an attachment under the National Healthcare Group’s Health Manpower Development Plan (NHG HMDP) to The Connection Inc in USA’s outpatient services, residential women addiction rehabilitation programs and homeless shelters. Eliza has also presented original research posters and spoke on addictions at local and overseas conferences. She also provides supervision to counsellors. Eliza is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Schema Therapy.
S. B. Viknesan is a Senior Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and has been with the organisation since 2003. He provides both individual and group counselling to patients with addictions. He also has extensive experience in developing and delivering a wide range of training programmes especially in Motivational Interviewing (MI) within the addiction context. Besides conducting training for NAMS, Mr Viknesan had conducted training on addictions and group work with the Association of Professionals Specialising in Addictions Counselling (APSAC) as well. He has been an adjunct faculty member and academic with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) for over 10 years, teaching both addictions and group theory and facilitations to undergraduate and Master’s level counsellors. He has also supervised counselling students from SUSS, Monash University, Nanyang Polytechnic, University of Hertfordshire and ECTA-Swinburne University. He is a recognised and registered clinical supervisor with APSAC and Singapore Associsation of Counselling (SAC).
Viknesan holds a Masters of Social Science in Counselling from the University of South Australia, Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Curtin University of Technology. He has been certified by the Association of Professionals Specialising in Addiction Counselling (APSAC) as a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor (CSAC), Certified Gambling Addiction Counsellor (CGAC) and Certified Co-Occurring Specialist. Viknesan is also a member of the APSAC Executive Committee. He is also recognised as a Clinical Supervisor by the Singapore Association for Counselling.
Bhavinagayatri Thinnagaran is a Counsellor with the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
She has joined the organisation since 2014 and has vast experiences in working with individuals and their loved ones on addiction related issues. Her work includes counselling clients in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Besides providing individual counselling for clients and caregivers, she facilitates support groups for the caregivers as well. She enjoys working with individuals who are motivated to make a change in their lives.
Bhavina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from James Cook University and has been certified by the Association of Professionals Specialising in Addiction Counselling (APSAC) as a Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor.
Jamie Susie Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Counselling, with over a decade of experience in behaviour therapy and counselling. She is a Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Services (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH). Jamie has been certified by the Association of Professionals Specialising in Addictions Counselling (APSAC) as a Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor (CSAC) and Certified Gambling Addiction Counsellor (CGAC).
Jamie provides individual counselling to patients with addiction issues in the outpatient setting and facilitates a problem gambling support group. As a counsellor she is committed to establishing productive and engaging counselling sessions for patients with addiction issues and their recovery.
Prior to joining IMH, she provided behaviour therapy to children with special needs. Jamie was also a counsellor at a Voluntary Welfare Organization (VWO) and an independent charity. She facilitated and moderated various individual and group counselling sessions, managing a myriad of concerns from addiction, motivation, financial concerns, and behavioural issues.