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Tow Yee Yau, PhD


Licensed Psychologist, CAPS

Director of Health & Wellness

      Counseling & Psychological Services

      Student Wellness Center







B.Sc. - Psychology; University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada

M.S. - Clinical/Counseling Psychology; Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

PhD - Counseling Psychology; Cognate in Clinical Psychology; University of Denver, Denver, CO

Internship - University Counseling Services, University of Iowa, Iowa, IA

Professional Interest

I am an international psychologist who grew up in harmonious and multicultural Singapore.  I am bicultural/bilingual and able to provide psychotherapy or counseling in English and Mandarin.

I have extensive training and experience working with diverse populations (e.g., children, adolescents, and adults) in college counseling centers, community mental health centers, medical hospitals/centers, and corporate organizations in the USA and Singapore.  Over the years, I have provided individual, couples, and group counseling and psychotherapy with issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, stress-related disorders, career decision, and multicultural issues.  I have facilitated a popular Mindfulness Meditation group called “Relieve Your Monkey Mind” for college students to deal with their anxiety through Pure Land School of Buddhism meditation “Namo Amituofo” (Refuge in Your Infinite Wisdom), and yoga exercises.  I also love to provide clinical supervision to psychology trainees and coaching to clinical staff members.  Further, I have been a faculty member, mental health consultant, and leadership coach in the USA and Singapore.

My professional interests include Mindfulness Training for Leaders, Mindfulness Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Buddhist Psychology, Corporate Coaching, Clinical Supervision & Training, College Students Mental Health, Couples Counseling, and Multicultural Counseling.


Approach to Therapy

I have an integrative approach to counseling and psychotherapy which is inclusive of family system, humanistic, psychodynamic, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and developmental approaches within a Buddhist educational and psychological model.

Clients learn to calm their mind and body through centering, deep breathing, and stretching exercises.  Further, therapy is to assist clients in uncovering underlying root causes for their problems or issues  and to learn effective ways to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.


Approach to Wellness

I am mindful to establish work and home life balance because they are both important.  I love to spend time with family members drinking tea, travelling, jogging, and enjoying gourmet food.  I maintain balance in body, mind and spirit through prostration meditation, sutra recitation, and yoga exercises daily.


Approach to Supervision

My supervisory style is collaborative and has strong emphasis on the multicultural developmental approach of interns’ strengths and growth areas.  I view the intern as an artist learning to create and be comfortable with his or her therapeutic style.  Thus, as supervisor, I provide a strong supervisory relationship in a nurturing and supportive environment for the supervisee to develop his or her personal and professional identity.  In supervision, it is most helpful for the supervisee to come with videotapes in order to discuss  clinical strengths, process, and ways to enhance clinical work.  Moreover, supervision discussion often emphasizes multicultural issues, case conceptualization, parallel processing, metaphors and changes, and last but not least, involves lots of humor.


Other Activities

I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio and New York. I am a member of the Association for University College Counseling Centers Directors (AUCCCD), and Registrant of National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (HSPP).