Loo Sook Ming
Senior Principal Family Therapist
MSc (Family Therapy)
B.Soc.Sci (Hons) Social Work
B.A (Psychology & Social Work)
Sook Ming graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work from the National University of Singapore. She has worked in the restructured hospital for about 15 years, journeying with patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses by providing counselling and support to them and their caregivers in their journey towards recovery.
She was awarded sponsorship by the hospital, to pursue her master’s degree in Family Therapy at King’s College, London in 2006. One of her attachments was with the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Outpatient Service in the Maudsley Hospital. After her return, Sook Ming started her specialisation work with eating disorder patients and their families.
In 2014, Sook Ming received the Healthcare Humanity Award that recognises outstanding healthcare workers who are inspirational role models for going the extra mile to offer care and comfort to the sick and infirmed. In the same year, she was also awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme by the Ministry of Health, to do her attachment at the Stanford University School of Medicine, USA, to be trained in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for the treatment of eating disorders.
Sook Ming is a qualified family and systemic psychotherapist who counsels people with marital and interpersonal problems. Coupled with her training in social work where the profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being, she utilises theories of human behaviour and social systems, to provide support to patients and their families who have difficulties coping with their emotional, psychological, social, and care problems arising from ill health.
Sook Ming is also a certified Advance Care Planning (ACP) facilitator for General ACP and Preferred Plan of Care (PPC), where she can facilitate discussions with patients and their loved ones to identify patients’ care goals and preferences for future medical care. She is also trained to attend to crisis work and provide support to grieving families of patients where death is impending.
Sook Ming is a registered Social Worker and supervisor with the Singapore Association for Social Workers (SASW). She wears many professional hats; apart from being a family therapist in Better Life, and a supervisor to medical social workers, she also teaches in the university.
Sook Ming is a mother of 2 and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves travelling and baking. She believes families are the fundamental building blocks of society and family is where we experience our biggest triumphs and our deepest vulnerabilities. It is where we learn to love ourselves and each other and to feel the value of being part of something greater than ourselves.