TUEETOR CHATS with Jeslyn Lim of Thrive Psychology Clinic
“Clinical child psychology is a specialty in professional psychology that develops and applies scientific knowledge to the delivery of psychological services to infants, toddlers, children and adolescents within their social context.”American Psychological Association
As parents, there are bound to be moments when you don’t understand the thoughts your children are having. Children’s minds develop so rapidly, it can be difficult to keep up with the leaps and bounds they make.
One thing that can make it easier for parents to cope, is to know that there are professionals who can provide some comfort and education as to childhood psychology. Childhood psychology is a topic that is imperative to the growth of your children’s minds; however, many parents think of psychology as a last resort with difficult children.
We believe otherwise, that all parents (and children) can benefit from having access to more information. In this TUEETOR CHATS, we speak to Jeslyn Lim, an experienced psychologist and the co-founder of Thrive Psychology Clinic, to learn more.
Hi Jeslyn! How did you get started in your current line of work?
With a strong interest in psychology, I made my decision to pursue it further.
I actually started out working and exploring the topics of children with special needs.
Who is a source of inspiration for you on your professional journey?
There are several people out there who have inspired me along the way. One of the most prominent ones is Mahatma Gandhi. In fact, I live by this quote:
“Where there is love, there is life.”– Mahatma Gandhi.”
What excites you most about your industry?
Being able to bring about a positive impact or change in individuals’ lives has given me meaning and purpose in life!
How is Thrive Psychology Clinic standing out in the Singapore marketplace?
We are an extension of The School of Positive Psychology and Mind Culture, two of Singapore’s premier Psychological institutions. The former is Asia’s first applied positive psychology school. Our organisations look not only into treatment in mental health issues, but also work toward a holistic approach – daily mental well-being in individuals, which in turn bring about changes to society.
Which part of your work brings you the greatest fulfillment?
When individuals start to make progress during the sessions. Especially when clients cooperate with the effort to help themselves.
What’s the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received?
‘One should always stay humble’.
What is Thrive Psychology Clinic best known for?
We are a childhood/adolescence-based Psychology clinic located in Singapore. We’re primarily focused on providing the proper level of care that today’s children, adolescents and youths require as they battle a plethora of mental health conditions and issues, including those rooted in neurocognitive, behavioural and emotional issues.
Tell us about a project you have done that you are immensely proud of.
It was during my learning days, in which I led a group of at-risk students to ‘equine-therapy’, where they work with horses to learn psychological and emotional management.
This has brought about positive change and added meaning to their lives. Seeing them with the improvements bring me warmth!
What do you hope for each student who goes through your course?
We hope that every student can walk out of our courses feeling more motivated and more confident to apply the skills that they have learnt throughout the programme.
Share a story about a student.
A boy diagnosed with severe ASD (3 years old) did behavioural therapy sessions (intensive) with us and within 3 months, his progress sped up rapidly. It was hard at first – but with the help and cooperation of the family members, the child was able to go to a mainstream school like other kids. I would say that it is a 100% recovery!
If you could, what is one piece of advice that you’d give to your younger self?
Have patience with all things, But, first of all, with yourself.
Tell us something new that Thrive Psychology Clinic is currently working on.
With the ongoing services provided – I consider all of them new! Each time I work on something, there is always a need to develop new ideas and perceptive.