Alvin is a senior counsellor with the National Addictions Management Service at the Institute of Mental Health. He has more than 20 years of experience working with youths in both his official and volunteer capacities – as a youth leader, coach-trainer, mentor and counsellor in various schools and organisations. He has also led student groups on overseas expeditions for adventure learning and community service.
From the numerous interaction opportunities he has with youths, Alvin has gained deep insights into how unspoken, hidden or minimised dark secrets of childhood adversities could greatly impact the youths’ views of life, social interactions and school performance. Similarly, when working with adults, Alvin has observed that unresolved childhood adversities are issues that patients struggling with various forms of addictions have to face in their recovery journeys.
He has a deep interest in adolescent resilience development and specialises in trauma work. He is a certified Substance Abuse Counsellor, Reality Therapist and EMDR Practitioner. He is registered with the British Psychological Society, EMDR International Association and the Singapore Association for Counselling as a Clinical Member. Alvin transited from a military career with the Republic of Singapore Navy into the field of mental health with the Singapore Armed Forces Counselling Centre and with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.