Psychologist, Parenting Coach & Digital Wellness Consultant
Educating, engaging and empowering children, adults and organizations by helping them become emotionally smart and digitally well.
Helping you stay present, emotionally connected and focused in the Digital Age.
With clients spanning across 3 continents, I am an international psychologist, parenting coach and digital wellness consultant with over a decade of international experience helping children and adults improve their emotional and mental well-being.
The practical workshops, inspiring talks and in-depth one-on-one sessions I conduct with my clients focus on raising emotional awareness, connecting with inner strengths and learning how to use technology in mindful and intentional ways as individuals, families and communities.
I first became interested in Parenting in the Age of Technology in 2016. While living in Singapore, where I practiced as a vision therapist and a psychotherapist, I suddenly began noticing children all around me glued to screen-based devices. Whether while sitting in the bus, at the dinner table in a restaurant or while being pushed around in a stroller, the moments in which children would typically be connected either to themselves, their environment or to their parents were suddenly becoming moments in which they were connected to a screen-based device.
This got me asking: What happens to the parent-child connection when you insert a device in between?
It is still too early in this tech-connected social experiment to answer this question, but my mission has become to educate children, parents and wider communities about the vital importance of safety, connection, attention and affection in this Digital Age - these are the pillars of not just healthy child development, but any healthy relationship and society too. My approach involves utilizing the principles of emotional intelligence and positive psychology practices to help you become digitally well - whether you are a parent, school, brand or company.
I define being Digitally Well as: "using technology mindfully, intentionally and humanely in such a way, that it doesn't tarnish your psychological and emotional well-being or the psychological and emotional well-being of others."
To learn more about my professional and academic background and find out how I can help you, please explore my website and get in touch.
American Psychological Association
British Psychological Society
Board Advisor Trehaus School, Singapore
Board Advisor Made of Millions, New York
Board Advisor, Turning Life On
Parent Ambassador, Children and Screens
MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology
Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy
Certified in Core 100 Strategic Intervention Coaching Certificate
Certified Digital Wellness Educator
Digital Wellness 1.0 and 2.0
Emotional Intelligence training for teachers, therapists, parents and children
Positive psychology & mindfulness training for children
Building resilience in children: training for parents and teachers
Adolescence: the challenges and opportunities
Self-expression: improving authenticity, connectedness and communication
Big Bang Data, Art Science Museum, Singapore
Humane Tech Conference, New York, NY
Wellness Summit, Singapore American School, Singapore
HUMANITECH (organizer), Virtual Digital Wellness Conference
I work one-on-one with children and parents, as well as adults with non-parenting issues. I help my clients develop digital wellness practices, parent in the age of technology and improve their emotional health and well-being.
I work with for- and non-profit businesses and organizations who want to align their product, brand and/or culture values with digital wellness and emotional intelligence principles and practices.
RECOMMENDED READING & FREE RESOURCES
Children & Parenting:
"The Optimistic Child," by Martin E. P. Seligman
"Brainstorm," by Daniel J. Siegel
"The Whole-Brain Child," by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
"No-Drama Discipline," by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
"Parenting from the Inside Out," by Daniel J. Siegel & Mary Hartzell
"Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child," by John Gottman with Joan Declaire
"The Empathy Effect," Helen Riess with Liz Neporent
"The Brain That Changes Itself," by Norman Doidge
"Wired to Connect," by Amy Banks with Leigh Hirschman
"The Myths of Happiness," by Sonja Lyubomirsky
"The How of Happiness," by Sonja Lyubomirsky
"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience," by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
"The Art of Gathering," by Priya Parker
"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," by Carol S. Dweck
"Hector and the Search for Happiness," Francois Lelord
"The Person You Mean to Be," by Dolly Chugh
"Why Him? Why Her?," by Helen Fisher
"Quiet," by Susan Cain
"Man's Search for Meaning," by Viktor E. Frankl
"The Schopenhauer Cure," by Irvin D. Yalom
"When Nietzsche Wept," by Irvin D. Yalom
The Guide to Responsible Technology
All Tech Is Human, headed by tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar, is committed to informing and inspiring the next generation of responsible technologists and changemakers and has released its guide to the responsible technology field, with NYU’s Alliance for Public Interest Technology as its education partner.
I was part of the global team of 30+ volunteers who contributed to the creation of this invaluable resource, and am incredibly honored to have also been featured in the Guide in the "Collaborator Journey" section.
This document - the first of its kind - is aimed at college students, grad students, and young professionals looking for inroads into the growing responsible tech field. Pressing issues including misinformation, algorithmic bias, facial recognition and many others have heightened the need for a new crop of dynamic interdisciplinary thinkers. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the topics, organizations, and new careers emerging in the responsible tech space, and can be accessed at ResponsibleTechGuide.com.
If you have any questions about the Guide or are interested in connecting with any of our featured collaborators or leaders, please get in touch with me via my Contact form below.