Karen Tan, Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours), National University of Singapore
Master of Psychology (Clinical), National University of Singapore
Master of Commerce (with Honours), Strategic Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, University of Melbourne
Karen is a Registered Psychologist and Approved Registered Supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society. She is a certified Trainer, Coach and Facilitator of the Signposts Program (a parenting program for positive behaviour management) and was involved in the localisation of the program for Singapore. Karen is also a listed practitioner of the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) program from the Yale Child Study Centre, a department of the Yale School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Clinical Psychology Associates, Karen was with the NUS Clinical and Health Psychology Centre after having worked for a decade in the child development department of the local leading hospital for women and children, where she also assumed leadership for the Psychology Team as a Principal Psychologist from 2015-2018.
Karen is a strong proponent of prevention and early intervention efforts and truly believes in nipping problems in the bud wherever possible. She has broad experience assessing and working with younger children and collaborating with their caregivers and families. Karen integrates a range of approaches to adapt to each child’s and family’s needs, honed from many years of relevant work experience. She understands from lived experience that “parenting isn’t a practice; it’s a daily learning experience!”.
Karen is conversant with the assessment, identification, diagnosis and /or intervention of a range of:
- neurodevelopmental concerns (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Language/ Learning Difficulties, Intellectual Disabilities),
- socio-emotional challenges (anxiety, selective mutism, emotional dysregulation, social skills development),
- behavioural difficulties, and
- parenting concerns
She is also familiar with the early education landscape in Singapore and is well-versed in providing assessments and recommendations for (special) school placements.
In addition to her clinical practice, Karen pays it forward by providing clinical supervision to younger psychologists, and trauma-informed coaching to other colleagues in the helping profession, to support them in their growth and development as professionals.
“Don’t do nothing just because you can only do a little. A little progress each day adds up to big results”, (paraphrased and adapted from Sydney Smith & Satya Nani).
Registered Psychologist and Approved Registered Supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society
Certified Trainer, Coach and Facilitator of the Signposts Program (a parenting program for positive behaviour management)
Practitioner of the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) program from the Yale Child Study Centre
Assessment & Evaluation
Clinical Psychological Evaluation
Counselling & Therapy
Psychotherapy for Clinical Disorders
Socio-emotional Learning & Regulation
Positive Behaviour Management
Build Parenting Capacity