Elaine Chua founded Good Pathways in 2013
Elaine has 20 years of experience working with children and families. She started as a social worker in a family service center and social service agency. To grapple with the multi-system issues of low-income families, she embarked on a diploma in Marital and Family Therapy at Counselling and Care in 1996. She later joined the Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports, working with children and families referred for therapeutic services from the Child Protection Service.
Elaine graduated with a Masters of Social Sciences (Social Work) in 2004 and registed with the Singapore Association of Social Workers in 2011. She received her training in Play Therapy from the Old Dominion University, Darden College of Education in 2010 and registered with the Association of Play Therapy (USA). Elaine is also a certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist with the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institutue accredited Triple P provider.
At present, she spends most of her time seeing children and families and training when the opportunity arises. She is passionate about trauma -focused work and providing guidance and facilitate the learning of social workers and social service practitioners. She is a trained clinical supervisor and registered with Play Therapy International/ Play Therapy UK as an approved clinical supervisor. . She was also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a trainer for Psychological First Aid for Children.
Elaine offers Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which has been evidenced to work well for children and adults with anxiety, depression, and trauma induced difficulties. Elaine also completed her training in Sandplay Therapy and offers personal growth and deep insight- oriented therapy for adults and children stuck in stagnant situations.
With her many years in the social service sector and the government service, she has recently embarked to start a private practice offering therapeutic services in the form of trauma-focused play therapy and attachment therapy. Elaine remains grounded both in family therapy, social work, with a specialization in play therapy. Her main interests are in trauma, play therapy and attachment work, play therapy training and supervision.
Grace Koh, Play Therapist
Since graduating from the National University of Singapore (Social work), Grace has had 10 years of experience working therapeutically with children and families. She is passionate about empowering children and families with a safe and skilled therapeutic space to find healing and wholeness. Her earlier work at a family service center and a community child protection specialist centre, motivated Grace to pursue further specialised trauma-informed training to help children and teenagers who have experienced difficult transitions, mental health challenges and trauma. Grace trained in Hong Kong and Ireland, becoming a Registered and Certified Play Therapist (No. 201601237) under Play Therapy International and obtaining her Post Graduate Diploma in Practiced-Based Play Therapy from the University of Ireland. Grace has completed her Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trauma training, and offers this evidence-based trauma therapy to children and adults who have experienced adverse events that impact their well-being. Together with Elaine, Grace is passionate about providing quality evidence-based therapy to children and adults.
Grace is also a registered social worker with Singapore Association of Social Work (SASW) and provides clinical supervision services to social service agencies, as well through the SASW Supervision Service. Elaine and Grace believe in providing quality clinical supervision services to support social workers and therapists in providing the best services for their clients. Grace is certified to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Triple P Positive Parenting Programme. Grace works collaboratively with parents or caregivers as a key source of healing and restoration for children.
Grace currently provides play therapy for children with special needs at a pediatric intervention centre. She provides play therapy for children in foster care, working with systems to ensure children have the opportunity to get specialised services. Grace does not believe in pathologizing behavioural or emotional challenges children face, but believes they have the resources to heal, and a safe trained therapist can facilitate that healing journey. Grace has experience working with children and teenagers experiencing school difficulties, peer difficulties, symptoms of anxiety/depression, phobias, parent’s divorce, family violence, death of a loved one, trauma and other life transitions.
Our belief in people and our values that fuel the work are five-fold
Good Pathways is one of the few play therapy training providers in Singapore.
As one of the few trauma-focused, play therapy providers in Singapore, we offer parent training, therapy and consultation services not just to children and families but to service providers as well. Our areas of specialization include play therapy with individuals and groups, attachment-focused family therapy, and clinical supervision.
Our goal is to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the community and to be a respected and valued play therapy service in Singapore.