Afterwards, I went to Spain, where my family lived, and worked there for a year. At this point, the manager for our family business in Indonesia left. I went to take over the administration for 8 engineers who were writing technical manuals at $60 an hour. I saw an opportunity for expansion, and landed us some contracts for design and development. In three years, I was able to expand the business to 20 engineers at an average of $70 per hour.
I went back to Spain to help out with a family crisis. That’s when I met Tom, my husband. He’s an academic, an Information Technology specialist. When he got a job in Malaysia, I needed a career that would give me some flexibility. I started creating content for newspapers and magazines.
I syndicated and sold over 3000 features and columns to clients in 12 countries. I also worked locally for newspapers like The Star, the Malaysian national daily, and magazines like Malaysia Womens Weekly, Her World and Cleo.
A few years ago, I went back to psychology and took a Masters. It included three internships.
First, I was with Dresser-Rand, a Siemens company. Working with engineers again, the focus was on industrial psychology as well as helping clients with stress, work life balance, and problem solving techniques.
Then I went to APU, Asia Pacific University. Working with teachers and students from more than 105 countries, we focused on stress, relocation depression, and cross-cultural communication.
Finally, I spent time with AWAM, All Womens Action Malaysia, a feminist NGO with a crisis centre that supports victims of domestic violence, rape, incest, sexual harassment and divorce.
I graduated three years ago, with a Masters in Counselling, passing with distinction, and set up a business, working online through video link.
I specialise in teaching techniques to manage stress and depression, working with clients in Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Australia.
As for this year, Tom and I are writing journal papers, which I thoroughly enjoy. Also, I plan to expand my client base to Thailand and Indonesia. I still write feel-good columns for The Star, and I write novels – because I like to be busy.
So, that’s me. If you’re looking for mental health support, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up an appointment over Skype, Whatsapp or Messenger. The first 20 minutes are free.