Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
National Addictions Management Service
MENU

Our Trainers
Addiction Recovery College

Add This
Print This Page
Start of content

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.

​Dr Sandor Heng, Clinical Psychologist, NAMS has a specific interest in working with individuals with addictions and co-occurring mental health problems. Dr Heng holds a General Psychologist registration with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA), Australia. He attained his qualifications as a psychologist in Australia, and has completed placements in New South Wales Health and Queensland Health during his postgraduate training. He has also worked in the capacity of a dual-diagnosis clinician within Gold Coast Drug Council (GCDC) drug rehabilitation facility, and within a private practice, Currumbin Clinic, Queensland Australia. Dr Heng also holds registration as a Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor (CSAC) and a Certified Gambling Addiction Counsellor (CGAC).

​Eliza Yong is a Senior Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Service. She has been with the organisation since 2009. Eliza provides individual and group counselling to clients with substance and behavioural addiction issues, as well as their families, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She runs separate psychoeducational and process groups for clients with substance addiction, families of problem gamblers and female clients with addiction issues.

Eliza holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She 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 2013, she received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award where she was attached to The Connection Inc. to learn more about the women’s programmes in residential houses, outpatient counselling centres and homeless program (Connecticut, USA).

​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.

​Naseera Banu is a Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
 
Naseera provides individual counselling to patients with addiction problems both in the inpatient and outpatient settings and also conducts educational and support groups for problem gamblers. She has a special interest in working with women affected by addiction issues.

Naseera holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She 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).

Habibah Abdul Karim is a Senior Counsellor with the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

Having worked as an Educator and Full-Time School Counsellor with the Ministry of Education previously, Habibah had accumulated 15 years of experience in engaging adolescents and families before joining NAMS in 2014. Currently, Habibah provides counselling services to patients with both substance and behavioural addiction issues, and their families. Apart from facilitating psychoeducation and processing groups in both outpatient and inpatient settings, Habibah also conducts evening groups for caregivers.

Habibah holds a Master of Social Sciences in Professional Counselling from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and specialises in practising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

​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 9 years of experience in behavior therapy and counselling. She is a Counsellor at the National Addictions Management Services (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

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. She has a special interest in working with teenagers affected by addiction issues.

Prior to joining IMH, she provided behavior 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.

© Copyright 2020. NAMS. All Rights Reserved
All addictions: 6-7326837, Gambling helpline: 1-800-6-668-668