DR. M. CHARIS GEEVARUGHESE
PhD, Clinical Psychology – Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, USA.
American Psychology Association (APA)
Malaysian Society for Clinical Psychologists (MSCP)
NOTE: Dr. Charis will not be taking any new clients from 1st May 2016 onwards.
Have you ever felt alone, misunderstood, trapped, at a loss for options, or felt invisible? Chances are that you have at least once in your life. It is important to me that people not feel alone in their struggles. We face challenges everyday of our lives. Some of these challenges arise from biological, mental, social, and/or environmental causes, which in turn affect our behaviors and experience of life. This is what drew me to psychology.
Psychology provides us the science of understanding human behavior. My role as a clinical psychologist is to apply this science through the art of relationship. A clinical psychologist specializes in identifying the specific problem being faced by a person and providing treatment to help that person resolve this problem. A clinical psychologist assists in educating, increasing awareness, diagnosing, and helping clients to make the changes they desire in their lives.
In my work with clients I believe it is important to explore emotions, family background, and social history in order to fully understand the problem and come to a lasting resolution. The therapeutic relationship provides a place for people to be seen beyond their personal struggles, to be understood, and to experience change in the context of a safe relationship. It is a place that provides hope. With couples, I work to help them discover their unhealthy relational patterns, heal from hurts in and through the relationship, and reestablish a strong foundation for the couple’s journey moving forward. I see myself as a neutral collaborator to help them find hope and healing in their relationship.
In your first visit, which will take approximately 75 minutes (or 100 minutes if you are with your family or spouse), we will talk about your background and the challenge that you hope to work on, so that I can better understand you. After the first visit, we will meet for 50 or 75 minutes at a time, as often as we both think is helpful. How long will we keep meeting? That depends on how we feel about the progress we are making toward your goal. In these visits, we will work to resolve the challenges you face, and help you to develop the skills to work through those challenges.
I received my graduate training at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in California, USA. I graduated from the five year PhD in Clinical Psychology program in 2013. My undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications was completed at HELP University College. I have had the opportunity to work with children and adults from diverse racial, financial, and cultural backgrounds. I have worked with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, adjustment issues, grief, transition, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and disruptive behaviour, among others. I am trained to conduct psychological assessments, which include intelligence and personality testing. I am qualified to conduct the WAIS-IV, WISC-IV, MMPI-2, Rorschach, TAT. If you are not sure if I can perform the testing you hope to have done, please feel free to contact me.
My areas of interest are attachment theory, psychodynamic conceptualization, faith and psychology, trauma, women’s issues, relational issues, and emotional regulation. My first goal as a clinical psychologist is always to help people feel supported on their journey toward improved mental health and functioning.
English, Bahasa Malaysia
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