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Dion Lo Zhen Yu

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Deputy Head of Therapy Services

Co-founder of FreEDom (Eating Disorder Day Program)

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

MPsych (Clinical)

BA (Hons) (Psychology)

Member of Singapore Psychological Society

Registered Psychologist (Singapore)

Dion strongly believes in a transdiagnostic approach to therapy. He integrates elements from Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in his therapeutic approach. Fluent in both English and Mandarin, he has conducted psychotherapy and assessments in private, hospital and forensic settings. He works well with clients from the young to the old, but has a special interest in working with children and adolescents. In the course of his work, he works well with individuals with a variety of psychological issues, including:

  • Mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)

  • Psychotic disorders

  • Eating disorders (ED)

  • Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)

  • Specific phobias

  • Identity issues

  • Personality disorders

  • Family/relationship issues

Dion is also proficient in psychological testing and assessments. He has been conducting psychological assessments since 2012, and is familiar with assessments of intelligence, attention, academic achievement, executive functioning, and motivation.

Dion currently conducts the following psychological assessments for both children and adults in these areas:

  • Cognitive abilities (i.e., IQ test)

  • Neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., ADHD, Autism)

  • Personality

  • Psychopathology

  • Phonological abilities

  • Reading, writing and arithmetic abilities

Dion is a firm believer of continuing education and is currently a PhD Candidate in Psychology. He is also a sessional lecturer for Evidence Based Practice (Clinical Psychology) in James Cook University (Singapore). Over the past decade, he has been involved in research regarding the following:

  • Aggression

  • ADHD

  • CBT

  • Schema therapy

  • Parental warmth and psychological control

  • Infidelity

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Positive Psychology

  • Personality

  • Basic Psychological Needs

  • Goal Strivings

In recognition of his academic excellence, Dion was awarded the academic medal for his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He was also awarded the Golden Key International Honour (Top 15% of university) in 2018.

Dion also believes in giving back to his alma mater and has conducted talks for both Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He was the Vice President (Psychology) for NTU School of Social Sciences Alumni Association (SSSAA) Executive Committee between 2018 and 2023 and has been appointed the President for NTU SSSAA in June 2023.

Special Clinical Interests

Eating Disorders (ED)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Professional Appointments

President for NTU SSSSAA (2023)

Vice President (Psychology) NTU SSSAA (2018-2023)

Sessional Lecturer for NTU FlexiMasters CET128 Mental Health and Ageing

Talks

Smartphones: Friend or Foe? (NUH seminar; 15th February 2019)

Building Psychological Resilience (NTU SSSAA Alumni event; 25th November  2020)

Fleshing out the bones, Therapy in Eating Disorders (Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association Webinar; 4th October 2022)

Being Married to Eating Disorder (YPO Live; 22nd February 2023)

Common Mental Health Disorders in Youth (Project MedSIG; 7th October 2023)

Awards

Academic Medal (Master's degree in Clinical Psychology; 2019)

Outstanding Alumni Award (NTU SSSAA; 2022)

Alumni Service Award (NTU SSSAA; 2022)

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Everyone struggles at some point in their lives, and it is my belief that everyone could benefit from having a little more support. It takes courage to step forward to seek that support, and I hope to be able to be of aid to these courageous individuals as they navigate through the challenges that life may bring.
 

I spend my free time exercising, studying coffee, and playing with my dogs. I also like video games, superheroes, and these are things I have always been interested in since I was a child. I believe we all have an inner child, one that requires consistent nurturance and guidance throughout our lives in order to forge resilience and improve our quality of life. Whilst some of us may have been fortunate enough to have had adult role models and superheroes during our developmental years, others have not. As such, I am a strong proponent of helping people gain emotional awareness and improve expression of their feelings, particularly children, to assist in their journey in living better.
 

I hope to have the opportunity to work with you, and that through our collaborative efforts, we can both be living better.
 

Contact Us to find out more about how Dion can support you in your journey 

+65 6250 8077

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