Shiqi (pronounced “Shiki”) Chen – Clinical Psychology Registrar (MAPS)
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology (Honours) – National University of Singapore 2011
Master of Clinical Psychology – Queensland University of Technology 2018
Member – Australian Psychological Society
Clinical Psychology Registrar – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
I was born and bred on the sunny island of Singapore. Prior to coming to Australia, I did a number of short-term attachments in psychological units in Singapore, including the Singapore Prison Service, Institute of Mental Health, and the Ministry of Education. I was also a Paracounsellor at the Singapore Police Force for a year. During this time, I participated in group therapies for offenders, provided individual counselling, and assisted in psychological assessment for primary school children.
In 2014, I joined the Singapore Civil Defence Force as a psychologist, where I worked for 3 years, providing mental health services to emergency responders such as firefighters and paramedics, as well as national service conscripts. I did counselling work for various issues these individuals faced, such as mood difficulties, grief and loss, suicide ideation, trauma, family and relationships, financial problems, and work challenges. I also carried out psychological debriefing when crises occur in the line of work of these responders.
In 2017, I embarked on my Master of Clinical Psychology programme in Brisbane, during which I worked at ACCESS Community Services, providing mental health support for refugee populations. I also conducted psychological assessment for children and youth at Caboolture Hospital. In addition, I worked with inpatients at forensic mental health facility The Park, providing individual and group therapeutic support for schizophrenic patients. I also provided therapy services under a supervised Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Programme for a year.
I joined OGI Potential in 2019, providing therapy for children, youth, and adults from various cultural backgrounds. I provide consultations in both English and Mandarin. My therapy approach is built on a foundation of Rogerian’s supportive counselling of non-judgement and positive regard, in which I strongly believe in the client’s ability for change. I honour deeply each client’s journey and experiences, and work closely with clients to develop an individualised approach which respects their uniqueness as a person. My approach can be described as integrative, including models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, psychodynamic-oriented therapy, and compassion-based therapy.
Area of Special Interest
I have an interest in psychodynamic psychology, which looks into the unconscious aspects of the human psyche and their impact on our functioning. In particular, how our relational patterns are forged in our early years and persist as we grow older, sometimes without us being conscious of them. I believe that self-awakening can be a meaningful journey to increase insight and awareness about ourselves, our hidden fears and desires, and the defences we unknowingly use to protect ourselves from pain and suffering. However it can also be a challenging process, which one has to be ready for, and well-supported.
OGI Potential provides services to the Newport, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Kippa-Ring, Rothwell, North Lakes, Mango Hill, North Brisbane, Burpengary, Morayfield and Caboolture areas.