Parandaman T.

Forensic Psychologist

M.Sc. Applied Forensic Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

Post Graduate Diploma: Aggression Management, Assessment & Therapy, University of Central Lancashire, UK

BA Psychology, Adam State College, UK

LMV- E Lead Therapist, National Health Systems Mersey Care, UK

MBPsS (272818) Forensic Div, UK

Parandaman is trained in forensic psychology and works as an interventionist forensic psychologist consulting and treating children (including children with intellectual disabilities) with psychological and mental health issues, such as depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Conduct Disorder and Social Communication Disorders.

Within the forensic setting he is experienced in risk and needs assessments and psycho-diagnostic assessments. He evaluates children who exhibit maladaptive behaviours, such as pervasive anger, sexualized behaviours and stealing. He formulates and executes treatment plans and works in collaboration with psychiatrists where psycho-pharmacological treatment is indicated.

Parandaman has worked at The Centre for Addiction Recovery in Singapore (2010 – 2011) and has provided counselling and rehabilitation support for clients with addictions, including drug, alcohol, gambling, eating disorders and kleptomania. He also has experience in providing intensive individual psychotherapy using EMDR, Affect Regulation Therapy and CBT for patients with chronic alcohol and substance dependence issues.

He worked at Evergreen Place (2008-2010), a geriatric treatment centre in Singapore, as an associate psychologist primarily consulting to and treating patients who are frail and suffer from cognitive impairment such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

He is also trained in forensic interviewing of physically and sexually abused children, vulnerable adults and intellectually challenged children and adults. (Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Interviewing Certificate, Corner House, Minneapolis, 2012.) and provides this service on an ongoing basis to agencies.

Parandaman trained at University of Coventry, UK in risk and needs assessment tools, such as HCR – 20, SARA, J-SOAP II, “ERASOR”, “ARMIDILO” and PCLR VY and in cognitive and developmental psycho-diagnostic assessments of children and youths. He has experience in diagnosis of psychopathic characteristics in the mainstream as well as mid to low intellectual range pediatric population.

Parandaman is currently acting consultant to REDA, an organization dealing with at risk children and families, where he supervises a youth rehabilitation program targeting social problem behaviours within the Malay and Muslim community.

He is currently enrolled in a PhD Psychology program. His thesis topic is ‘Evaluating risk in relation to juvenile delinquency and future offending behaviour in children residing in secure facilities.’

He is also an off shore Clinical Supervisor for students enrolled in the Masters in Counselling at Monash University.

Since 2010 he has used A.R.T. as an effective intervention to treat trauma and acute stress in adults and children, chronic social behaviour problems, addictions and cognitive decline in the geriatric population.

Virginia de Souza

M.Soc.Sc. (Counselling)

Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy

Certificate in Analytical Psychology

Certified Solution Focused Therapist

Virginia de Souza completed her Masters degree in Social Science at the University of South Australia in 2003. Prior to this she completed a BA in Communication Management.

She is a registered counsellor and clinical supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling and she has been in practice in mental health settings for ten years. Prior to this Virginia had been in public relations and publication for 10 years.

She also has a Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy from IKON Institute in Perth, Australia and was awarded a Certificate in Analytical Psychology in 2003 after a three year course with the Australia-New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysis (ANZSJA). She is a Certified Solution Focused Therapist and a professional member of the Canadian Council of Professional Certification since 2006.

She has experience in working with clients of all ages, including children and the elderly. Her clinical experience spans across a range of mental health conditions. She has assisted clients with chronic stress, trauma, acute crises, major depression and anxiety, adjustment disorders and schizophrenia.

Virginia spent over six years at the National University of Singapore where she was senior counsellor and CARE manager leading the team in crisis intervention. At NUS she trained staff in crisis preparedness and basic counselling skills and developed customised crisis training material for NUS.

Currently Virginia is in private practice where she offers psychotherapy, customised training in various aspects of human development and clinical supervision.

She is also attached two days a week at Creative Hub, a community mental health centre of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH), servicing beneficiaries of SAMH as well as referred and walk-in members of the public. She runs classes on Wednesday nights in guided imagery and mindfulness for the public.

Virginia’s special interest lies in educating Singaporeans in Mind-Body Wellness. Her therapy models span across psychodynamic, interpersonal and developmental psychology, accommodating her individual clients’ special needs.