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Hello! My name is Ellen Whyte. If you’re looking for affordable quality online therapy via Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Meet and Messenger video, you’ve come to the right place.
I'm a British-registered therapist, specialising in helping my clients manage stress, depression and anxiety within the context of work and personal relationships.
It means tackling everyday issues such as relationship difficulties, work trouble,
divorce, fear of socialising, loneliness, relocation stress, and so on.
I’m sensible, professional and discreet.
I'm Scottish-Dutch, married to an American, and we live in Malaysia. I work with a multi-cultural client base in over 20 counties in South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Australasia and North America.
If you need to talk to me, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, telling me very briefly about your therapy issue and what time zone you are in.
We set up a short chat, and talk over video. The first 15 minute chat is free. This is because I want to make sure I know what you're looking for, that we can communicate easily, and that we can work together.
If we agree it's a go, we set up an appointment for a session.
I charge RM110 if you are living in Malaysia and US$35 over PayPal if you live abroad. You pay me after your session. (I offer a lower rate to my community as we're a developing nation. Read about it here)
I am LGBT-affirming. I am also an atheist. Normally that doesn't come up in conversation but if you're looking to talk through questions of infidelity, divorce, abortion and other life issues without a religious perspective, you may find that information useful.
I have lots of qualifications. I have a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from Stirling University, Scotland and a Masters with Distinction in Counselling from Open University Malaysia. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP, number 385045). As I live in Malaysia, I also belong to the Malaysia Mental Health Organisation and am an Associate Member of the Malaysian Psychological Association.
My Masters involved 300 hours of working with clients in a supervised internship. I divided mine between:
- All Womens Action Malaysia (AWAM) an NGO that specialises in helping women in crisis. It gave me experience in helping clients navigate though trauma including rape, divorce, sexual harassment, abuse etc.
- Dresser-Rand Siemens, a international engineering firm. It gave me experience in helping clients navigate work stress, relocation, communication issues, and career planning.
- Asia Pacific University, an international university specialising in technology and innovation. It gave me experience in helping clients manage international relocation, stress, career planning, personal relationships and life stress management.
My approach. I am an eclectic practitioner, which means I use various therapy techniques. My favourites include interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy.
When we talk, I'll suggest a strategy that I think will suit you best. When there are choices of approaches, I will explain the pros and cons of each, and how they work, and you choose which you want to use.
Coaching or Therapy? Psychotherapy focusses on healing. Therapists are trained to recognise and treat emotional and mental health issues. Coaching does not involve healing. Coaches are motivators and accountability partners that help you reach very specific goals. In theory, the two are entirely separate. In practice, there can be some overlap. Don’t worry! If you’re not certain, we can figure it out.
Do note that mental health is a huge field and there are limits to the kind of work I can do. If you are looking for help that I'm not able to provide, I'll tell you straight away. And if you're unable to find someone proper, I'll do my best to help you find the right people, okay?
Please feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com — I look forward to helping you!