Tan Yan Lin

Senior Clinical Psychologist

M.Psych (Clinical), B.Soc.Sci (Hons) in Psychology

Tan Yan Lin

Yan Lin completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

She is currently providing individual sessions for adults who are looking for emotional and psychological support and/or to understand themselves better. Some areas of Yan Lin's expertise include working with adults with mood and emotional difficulties (including stress, anger, depression and anxiety), as well as challenges faced in their parenting and interpersonal relationships.

Therapy Approach and Philosophy

Yan Lin believes emotional and psychological health are integral to one’s health and quality of life. In practice, she endeavours to create a safe, collaborative and respectful space with her clients that can be conducive for them to tune in and express themselves authentically. She strives to provide a calm, sincere and mindful presence in the therapy room and adopts a person-centred and integrative therapy approach.

Throughout the therapy sessions, her aims are broadly focused on supporting her clients in developing a deeper understanding of their inner life and emotional experiences, learning practical coping strategies to care for their psychological needs, and cultivate a sense of compassion during challenging moments. She is also able to work with her clients’ dreams to facilitate deeper insights of their interior worlds.

Background and Training

Prior to her time in private practice, Yan Lin served for a decade at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Child Guidance Clinic, first as a Research Assistant and subsequently a Clinical Psychologist at a specialist clinic, Neurobehavioural Clinic-Autism Services. There, she worked collaboratively with child and adolescent patients, their caregivers and educators to navigate the unique social and emotional challenges, stresses and mental health issues faced by her patients. Apart from individual and group therapy sessions, she also provided talks and workshops for caregivers on topics relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder, managing anxiety, issues relating to sexuality and puberty.

Yan Lin has received training and supervision for several behavioural therapies and approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based practices, etc) to work with adults with mental health conditions, as well as specialized training working with children and adolescents diagnosed ASD. She is also an accredited facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting (COS-P) programme as well as Group Stepping Stones Triple P parenting programme. In recent years, she has been receiving ongoing supervision with a Jungian analyst which informs her current orientation and perspective towards psychological symptoms, relational dynamics and growth.

Outside the therapy room, Yan Lin enjoys caring for her mind and body through yoga practice and creative projects.

"Yan Lin endeavours to create a safe, collaborative and respectful space with her clients that can be conducive for them to tune in and express themselves authentically."