Meet Our Team

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Sharen Hok Lun Lui

Director, Educational & Developmental Psychologist, FCEDP, MAPS

Board approved supervisor

​Sharen is a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (FCEDP), Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), Registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), NDIS, Psychology Today, and Member of the Women Wellness Team (WWT).

Over the years, I have worked in the private and public sectors in partnerships with other medical and health practitioners, where clients presented with a diverse range of mental health concerns. I enjoy helping them with their interpersonal relationships, and in educational and occupational settings.​
 
I have developed my specialty in understanding and supporting neurodivergent individuals in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. My main focus is on Autism Spectrum Conditions, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, their complex presentations and co-occurrence with other mental health conditions.
 
I have provided psychotherapy, training in high schools and for overseas and bilingual families of the Asian community, and am also passionate about working with perinatal mental health. As a mother of three kids, I understand the demands and excitement of parenthood. I enjoy working with the culturally diverse population and am fluent to practice in Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to English.
 
​​I have gained Certificate Level post-graduate qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy (AT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and incorporate multiple modalities in my therapy to help different clients.
 
My foundation is based on my Master's degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology, where I specialize in psychological assessments, neurodevelopmental assessments and educational assessments. ​
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Shiu Sum Esther Chan

Child Psychologist, MAPS

​Esther is a Child Psychologist with 13 years of teaching and working experiences with children that present with special needs. She is a Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), and was trained to provide Educational assessments and intervention for children. She has a valuable skill set in performing the ADOS-2 for autism and Cross Battery Assessments. 

 
I started my work with children with special needs and their families after I graduated with my first degree. As a teacher and later a principal for a small non-profit educational centre, I have gained experience and passion in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)and their families.
 
After 13 years of teaching, I decided to continue my study so that I could provide assessments and diagnoses for individuals with difficulties. Now, my knowledge and skills have expanded to working with children with other difficulties and mental health concerns, like individuals with Specific Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia), Selective Mutism, Anxiety, and Depression.With my experience as a teacher and the knowledge that I have gained in becoming a psychologist, I am now excited to continue providing support to children and families in need.
 
My perspective on neurodiverse individuals also has changed over the years, from trying to "fix" their disorders and helping them to become typical, I now adopt the affirmative paradigm. I believe that we should be more inclusive and the world is much more beautiful with diversity. As Malaysian Chinese descendent, I can speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to English and enjoy working with the culturally diverse population.​
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Ida Lau

Practice Admin

Ida is our lovely admin with a wealth of experience in management and is our expert of multi-tasking. She is also a mother of two lovely boys.

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Jane Liang

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Australian Registered Counsellor,

Registered Provisional Psychologist.

Jane holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Psychology, Master of Counselling, and is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology with the University of New England.

Jane has been a professional counsellor practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She has acquired over 2000 hours of counselling experiences and has worked in schools, private practice and community services for over 5 years.

One of her key career highlights was her volunteering experience in Trauma Recovery, supporting traumatised students during the WenChuan Earthquake in China in 2008. 

We are delighted to have Jane from January 2022 to provide psychotherapy, and lower costs options for Cognitive, Learning,  and Neurodivergence Assessments, while she completes her Master in Clinical Psychology.

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Dr Cherry Lau

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Clinical Psychologist, DClinPsych, MSSc (Psychology of Education), MSSci (Applied Psychology), BA

Cherry is a Registered Clinical Psychologist (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, New Zealand Psychologists Board & Hong Kong Association of Doctor in Clinical Psychology), Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and American Psychological Association (APA).

Cherry has over ten years of clinical experience in the field of Psychology in Hong Kong. With complied experience and knowledge, particularly, she has extensive experience in the treatment for children with special educational needs (SEN) and other developmental challenges such as intellectual disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, social, communication, and behavioural issues in the form of both group and individual therapy. Her doctoral dissertation focused on ASD, specifically, the evaluation of a home-based intervention for children with ASD. She further comprehended her practices focus on children with trauma and attachment issues in Children’s Homes.

 

"Every child has infinite potential," Cherry believes that an appropriate environment and opportunities promote their learning and development; ultimately, every child can shine in their own way. Her perspective regarding psychotherapy is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help individuals improve emotional well-being and lead healthier lives. Cherry believes genuineness and congruence; unconditional positive regard and empathetic understanding are crucial when providing therapies. For instance, she adopted integrative techniques from psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and CBT approaches. Cherry care about the importance of providing clients with a non-judgmental environment, affirming the inherent value of each individual.

 

Besides children's therapy, Cherry also has worked with adult clients who experience various emotional and behavioural issues, such as, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and adjustment distress. In addition, she has numerous experiences in providing public presentations, seminars, and conducting lectures in universities. Topics include parenting, mental health issues, supporting young children with diverse needs and their families, as well as social, emotional, behavioural, and developmental disabilities.

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Christal Lau

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Child Play Practitioner

Christal is a Child Play Practitioner, completing her studies in the Master of Play Therapy. She holds a Master degree in Criminology and
Bachelor of Psychology, and she was formerly a Film Art Director in many internationally known Asian movies.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology whilst living in Vancouver, and my Master of Criminology in Hong Kong. Currently, I am studying for a Master of Child Play Therapy at Deakin University. I am also a host for a Podcast program "Play Therapy in Cantonese" as an advocacy for parents with special needs children.

 

I have two daughters who are 10 and 6 years old. My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was the age of 5, since then it has been my passion to help other parents with similar struggles. I understand how autism can affect the whole family, and how we can help the kids and their family to thrive throughout the journey. I'm a firm believer in using art and play to help children with their development, as a way of teaching them to express their feelings. I am looking forward to spending time exploring this with your kids!

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