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Psychology Team

The GCFC currently consists of the following highly skilled and experienced Psychologists. 
Regina Foong
Psychologist

Regina is a registered clinical psychologist and has worked in private practice, schools, hospitals and forensic settings. She is proficient in treating anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and trauma in children. She has worked as a school counsellor previously and continues to work with children in private practice hence she is experienced in conducting psychological assessments for learning difficulties and behavioural problems in children.

 

Regina has worked with children presenting with ADHD, autism, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem and other presentations that impair their functioning at school and home. She works closely with the school and families to put in place skills-based strategies to help them leverage their strengths to overcome challenges and improve their quality of life.

 

Regina has a special interest in working with children suffering from early attachment ruptures and traumatic experiences. She uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in her treatment.

 

She collaborates with families to explore and identify the children’s maladaptive patterns of behaviours and coping mechanisms that may be contributed by significant early experiences and rupture in attachment relationships then tap into their strengths and resources to facilitate an empowering and therapeutic process that will help them experience healing so that they can focus on living life in the present and go on to maximise their potential by leveraging on their resources and strengths.

 

Regina believes strongly in using evidence-based interventions to facilitates changes in the brain’s neural networks so that it brings about an enduring transformation in the individuals’ belief system, emotional patterns and behavioural responses. Early attachment experiences have a significant impact on how children respond to the world around them and these early distressing events continue to impact interpersonal relationships if they remain unresolved in their brain’s neural networks. This may present in the form of heightened physiological responses (fight, flight or freeze mode), emotional dysregulation and maladaptive beliefs of oneself and others triggered by stimuli in the current environment that are associated with past distressing events.

 

Children use particular coping mechanisms to manage these vulnerable emotions (eg. avoidant, aggressive or withdrawn behaviours). Regina uses evidence-based approaches that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy to investigate how these past experiences (prenatal and postnatal) continue to influence the children’s current functioning and facilitate the process of healing from the past experiences so that the cycle is broken and the child is free to respond to their current reality without feeling compelled to repeat their maladaptive behavioural patterns. Regina uses play equipment, music, creative art and movement activities to help children communicate, access and process early distressing memories so that the material is brought to a positive resolution in the brain.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach guided by the adaptive information processing (AIP) model, which posits that trauma or distressing experiences are stored and stuck in the brain’s neural network. The objective of therapy is to use bilateral stimulation to access the distressing or trauma material and assimilate adaptive information and resources to the neural network so that new neural pathways are formed, leading to the development of adaptive behaviours. This improves the child’s ability to utilize their current resources and capability as well as build more positive relationships with others in their support network.

In her leisure time, Regina enjoys spending time with her family by going on nature walks with her children and husband as well as reading up on the latest research on psychological interventions to improve individuals’ quality of life.
 

Rosemary Andison
Psychologist

Rosemary Andison is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with skills in providing psychological services to children. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons - First Class) and Masters of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) and holds an area of practice endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology.

 

Rosemary has particular experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and intellectual disability. She uses an evidence-based approach to her work, meaning that the assessment and therapy services that she offers are supported by quality research.

 

Areas of clinical interest include:

  • anxiety in children,

  • diagnosis of developmental disabilities including ASD,

  • developmental delays, and intellectual disability,

  • parenting support; and

  • management of behavioural disorders in children.