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Hello! My name is Ellen Whyte. I'm a counselling psychologist, specialising in teaching techniques to manage stress, depression and anxiety.
As it's a big field, I deal with everyday issues such as relationship difficulties, work trouble, divorce, fear of socialising, loneliness, relocation stress, and so on.
I work online via video with Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Google Meet, Duo and Messenger. I'm Scottish-Dutch, based in Malaysia and have clients here as well as in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia, Saudi, India, USA and half a dozen other countries.
If you need to talk to me, please contact me via email at email@example.com, telling me very briefly about your therapy issue and what time zone you are in.
We set up a short chat, and talk over video. The first 20 minutes are free. This is because I want to make sure I know what you're looking for, that we can communicate easily, and that we can work together.
If we agree it's a go, we set up an appointment for a session.
Unlike most mental health professionals, I charge by the session and not by the minute. I do this because I think it's vital for getting good results. If you have to stop because your hour is up, or you are worried about having to pay extra if you talk too much, then we may miss something. However, typical sessions last 60 minutes.
I charge RM110 if you are living in Malaysia and US$35 over PayPal if you live abroad. You pay me after your session. (I offer a lower rate to my community as we're a developing nation. Read about it here)
I am LGBT-affirming. I am also an atheist. Normally that doesn't come up in conversation but if you're looking to talk through questions of infidelity, divorce, abortion and other life issues without a religious perspective, you may find that information useful.
I have an a Bachelors of Science with Honours in Psychology from Stirling University, Scotland and a Masters with Distinction in Counselling from Open University Malaysia. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, the Malaysia Mental Health Organisation and an Associate Member of the Malaysian Psychological Association.
My Masters involved 300 hours of working with clients in a supervised internship. I divided mine between:
- All Womens Action Malaysia (AWAM) an NGO that specialises in helping women in crisis. It gave me experience in helping clients navigate though trauma including rape, divorce, sexual harassment, abuse etc.
- Dresser-Rand Siemens, a international engineering firm. It gave me experience in helping clients navigate work stress, relocation, communication issues, and career planning.
- Asia Pacific University, an international university specialising in technology and innovation. It gave me experience in helping clients manage international relocation, stress, career planning, personal relationships and life stress management.
Do note that mental health is a huge field and there are limits to the kind of work I can do. If you are looking for help that I'm not able to provide, I'll tell you straight away. And if you're unable to find someone proper, I'll do my best to help you find the right people, okay?
Please feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org — I look forward to helping you!