Mind what Matters
Psychological Consultancy

Started in 2013, Mind what Matters comprises a team of mental health specialists whose aim is to provide professional, targetted and effective evidence-based psychology services. We strive to destigmatise mental illness and optimise psychological well-being through open conversations, understanding and change. We are passionate about helping people through their issues and beyond to thrive in their lives.

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Dr Joel Yang - Clinical Psychologist
Dr Yang completed his training as a Clinical Psychologist in Australia and is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society.

He has practised in both hospital and community-based mental health settings in Sydney, Queensland and Singapore since 2006.

Previously Head of the counselling Program at the Singapore Institute of Management University, Joel also held an appointment at Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore.

He primarily works with individuals and couples suffering from anxiety, depression, addictions, anger-management and adjustment issues. He divides his time among clinical work, teaching, training, and writing.

He adopts Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), of which he has conducted regular trainings for at the Social Services Institute and the Ministry of Home Affairs since 2014.

Outside of work, he maintains a regular Mindfulness practice and enjoys running and swimming. He is actively involved with Thailand-based humanitarian relief charity, RADION International.
Joel's LinkedIn profile

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Claudia Ahl - Clinical Psychologist
Claudia earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in Australia, and is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society.

She has experience working with both individuals and groups in private, community and hospital settings, both in Singapore and abroad.

She specialises in helping clients with behavioral and emotional difficulties including depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and adolescent identity issues.

She incorporates a range of evidence-based techniques as appropriate, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Maudsley family based therapy (FBT), Psychodynamic Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness interventions.

Claudia previously worked at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital where she conducted psychological assessments and provided therapy for children and adolescents with a variety of medical conditions and psychological and cognitive comorbidities. Her experiences have given her the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds and diagnoses. She conducts therapy in English and German.
Claudia's LinkedIn profile

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Huang Zhang Jin - Clinical Psychologist
Zhang Jin completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in Australia under a Singapore Ministry of Health scholarship and is a registered supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society.

She started her practice in prisons and hospitals since 2006 and was one of the first psychologists to be practicing in a community setting in Singapore.

She works with individuals whom struggle with issues including low self-esteem, relationship stress, identity issues concerning sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, and end-of-life concerns. She also has significant experience working with couples who need support in building and rebuilding trust, intimacy, and connection.

She offers an integrative range of approaches in English and Mandarin. She adopts Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Nandita Nalawala - Counsellor
Nandita completed her Masters in Counselling & Guidance at the Nanyang Technological University in April 2018.

Since 2003, Nandita has run an executive search and career counselling practice focused on the banking industry. She brings strong experience, working with senior professionals and addressing issues pertaining to career planning, selection and transition.

Nandita adopts an integrative approach in her practice, grounded in a Person-Centered orientation incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Choice & Reality Therapy (CTRT). She works with individuals in managing anxiety and stress, improving interpersonal relationships and securing a healthy work-life balance.

Nandita lives with her husband and has two daughters whom live in the USA. Having resided in India, Dubai, Vietnam and Singapore, Nandita brings a strong appreciation of multiculturalism and diversity.

Our Services

We ensure that our client’s needs are met through an individually-tailored, evidence-based approach. We provide a range of specialised psychotherapy, counselling, assessment, training and consulting services.

Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a form of treatment for mental health problems where a psychologist guides a person to learn more about his condition, sets a plan and imparts appropriate coping strategies and intervention techniques. Read more...
Diagnostic Assessment
Psychometric tests are a standard scientific tool for measuring certain domains of an individual (eg. Mental capability, Behavioral Tendency, or Personality). Read more...
Training
We provide a host of psychological well-being services, tailoring it to fit your organisational and individual needs. We regularly conduct courses on mental health, crisis intervention, para-counselling, peer mentoring, and stress management, among others. Our courses typically run for between 1 to 4 days. Read more...

In the Media

We are passionate about Psychology and write on a broad range of human behavioural topics. Do take a moment to peruse some of our published articles below.

Since 2013, we have been featured regularly in various media outlets such as The Straits Times, TODAY, My Paper, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, The Edge, Her World, Simply Her and Campus Eye NUS. We also contribute to the Ask The Expert panel of Young Parent

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FAQ

Our first step is to enquire why you have come for therapy. Through a careful and thorough assessment, a tentative diagnosis may be made and we will help to clarify your goals and what you hope to achieve out of therapy. Based on that, we will discuss and walk through a treatment plan with you.
Working together, we will start implementing a broad variety of strategies and solutions, discussed in your initial session. Reviewing both helpful and unhelpful habits, we examine steps needed to move forward.
The rule is that what you say will be treated as completely confidential. We will not discuss your treatment with anyone else without your consent. There are however certain exceptions to confidentiality. Under the Singapore and Australian Psychological Society codes of ethics, we are under a duty to disclose certain types of information to others if a client threatens to hurt himself or to hurt others, or if it is subpoenaed by a court of law.

Through the process, we believe that developing a positive, trusting, and respectful relationship is the most important ingredient for therapeutic effectiveness.
Your length of treatment will depend on the degree and intensity of the problem. A simple rule of thumb: behavioural and adjustment issues may take between 8 to 12 sessions; moderate problems between 16 to 30 sessions and serious problems up to a year or more. It is usually not realistic to expect successful treatment from less than 6 sessions unless the problem is very straight-forward and specific.
We aim to meet you once a week or fortnight. However, it depends on the nature of the problem and also practical limitations (e.g., client availability).
Our rates vary based on the type of treatment or assessment required. Please drop us a note to enquire.
We are situated in a discreet self-contained unit, centrally located on the city fringe, nestled on hilly green grounds, amongst colonial buildings.

By Car/Taxi:
Enter Phoenix Park and turn left up the slope. MwM is located in the first building on your left, Block 318 (D). We recommend that you park at the top of the slope. Parking is FREE.

By MRT:
The nearest MRT station is Redhill station (EW18). Take bus 132 across the road and alight at the second stop “Opp Chatsworth Rd”. Please see directions below.

By Bus:
The 2 buses that stop by Phoenix Park are 132 and 111. The closest bus stops are “Opp Chatsworth Rd” and “Bef Chatsworth Rd”. Enter Phoenix Park and walk up the slope to the building on your left. It is approximately a 5 – 8 minute walk.

Note: There is a guard post as you turn into Phoenix Park where you may ask for directions.
Yes. Spouse/parents/children are welcome to provide additional information and/or for support, depending on client needs.
To continue our services even while you're away, we offer Skype consultations to keep treatment plans on schedule for your benefit and convenience.

Resources

The following worksheets will be useful in order to better understand the different therapies available. Feel free to browse through, and print these resources.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Motivational Interviewing

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