OUR FOUNDER

"Like a wild flower, she spent her days allowing herself to grow. Not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all knew of her light." 

 

Nikki Rowe

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Athel J. Hu

(Founding Director, Principal Trainer and Therapist)

M.A. (Counselling); B.Soc.Sci (Sociology)

Athel is a trained counsellor and social science educator in Institutes of Higher Learning. ​Besides running Mentidote, Athel is also currently an Associate Faculty/Instructor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Prior to these appointments, she was an Instructor with the National University of Singapore, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic and has held joint research appointments with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the National University of Singapore. 

 

Academic Areas of Interest:

 

Mental health and social behaviour; Social science and medicine; Health and social behaviour; Social integration/isolation and mental health; Caregiving; Mental health stigma; Family systems.

 

 

Counselling areas and experience:

 

Youths and adults struggling with early life attachment issues; life transitions; interpersonal relationship issues; family related issues such as family strains and conflicts, loss and grief and caregiving support.

 

Main counselling approaches:

 

Interpersonal Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy.