Coping With COVID-19 — WED WEB CHAT

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2020 — a forgettable year for unforgettable reasons.

How long will it take for us to overcome the after effects of a pandemic that still plays havoc with society?

What effect will it have on our mental health as people are further disrupted in their routines. Confined to their homes, working from home, unable to socialise as they used to be it for release or companionship, the effects may have a lasting impact on various segments of society.

This week’s WED WEB CHAT — Coping With COVID-19, highlights the stresses placed on various sectors of society.

Our panellists are psychologists dealing with issues relating to young families, violence and addictions. Their experience should provide insight into how the pandemic can wear you down, but also what you can do about it.

So, it’ll be worth your while to spend lunch with Lena Teo, Varian Monteiro and Laika Jumabhoy.

Lena Teo is the Deputy Director, Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore), where she is in charge of Therapy and Mental Wellness Services.

She is a certified psychotherapist who has more than 15 years of experience working with vulnerable youth. She is a registered counsellor and a registered clinical supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling.

As a psychotherapist, she works with youth and their families who have been through life challenges and helps them rediscover their resilience. With her team of clinicians, Lena provides psycho education, therapy, counselling support and monitoring of mental health status to the youth and their families.

In response to COVID-19, CARE’s helpline Hear4U was initiated to reach out to provide psychological first aid to youth, migrant workers, and the community at large.

Varian Monteiro is a Counselling Consultant with The Relational Counselling Studio.

Varian has honed his personal interest in psychology and counselling into a career that he hopes will help his clients balance their mind, body and behaviour.

Adopting a client-centred approach, Varian assists his clients in processing their personal struggles, touching on topics such as gender, identity, and sexuality.

In both one-to-one and group sessions, he helps his clients manage their addictions and traumas, dealing with excesses in sex, food, shopping, love, anger and their related issues.

Laika Jumabhoy is a Clinical Psychology Master’s Student, who has worked the last four and a half years supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Malaysia and Singapore, most recently as a senior case manager at AWARE.

She is passionate about the use of expressive arts in trauma recovery and is the co-founder of So Let Us Talk, a peer-led expressive arts support group that provides a safe space for survivors of sexual and domestic violence to come together and support each other. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology.

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