"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

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.

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