Cissy Li

Clinical Psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults

PGDipClinPsyc, MSc Psychology, BSc Psychology (Hons), BA Psychology and French

Cissy is a Clinical Psychologist who is accredited with the Singapore Register of Psychologists and the New Zealand Psychologist’ Board. She is also a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society.

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Background & Experience

Prior to moving to Singapore, she worked in the New Zealand public healthcare system in a specialised eating disorders service and in community adult mental health. Primarily working with older children, adolescents and young adults, her areas of interest and experience are in working with emotional disorders, including issues such as anxiety, depression and emotional regulation.

She is competent in forming strategies for personality disorders and in managing risk, including cases involving self-harm or suicidal ideation. She particularly likes working with adolescents and young adults to navigate developmental issues, including identity formation, self-esteem and relationships. She has a specialised interest in working with clients with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Therapeutic approaches

Cissy believes in evidence-based practice and she draws upon an eclectic therapeutic approach including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also trained in Maudsley Family Therapy for Eating Disorders. Her working style is client-centred, collaborative and pragmatic. She encourages flexible, creative and sometimes ‘outside-the-box’ ideas.

The main goal is to use a client’s strengths to find adaptive solutions that make sense in the client’s life. Having been brought up straddling two cultures and living in Singapore as an Asian expat, she is able to see a situation from multiple perspectives, which fosters a nonjudgmental (and often humorous) approach. Her familiarity with the local and international schools as well as the healthcare system in Singapore allows her to practice in a multidisciplinary way.

In addition to therapy, Cissy enjoys working with children five years and up for psycho-educational, developmental and diagnostic assessment, related to disorders of learning or ADHD. She has experience with Mandarin exemption, school accommodation and placement assessments. She enjoys working closely with parents and schools to tailor recommendations that can help a child show their true potential. Cissy speaks English fluently and is proficient in Mandarin.

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