Avelyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Japanese Studies by National University of Singapore, Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play by Play Therapy UK. She is a certified member of Play Therapy International since 2017.
Despite many years of experience in the corporate world, applying her tertiary academic learning in Psychology to help children remained close to Avelyn’s heart. Avelyn then pursued her passion at the Child Protection Unit of Ministry of Community Development And Sports (currently known as Ministry of Social And Family Development), where she worked mainly with abused or neglected children and their families of various cultural and financial background. Among those many professional workshops (such as Mediation, Anger Management, Counselling etc.) endorsed by the Ministry, she took a particular keen interest in Play Therapy after getting acquainted with how Play Therapy is a powerful approach to help vulnerable children. Her interest in Play Therapy spurred her on to become a certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner. Since 2017, Avelyn has provided Play Therapy to children who are in the Autistic spectrum, non-verbal, and global developmentally delayed; as well as children requiring help in emotional regulation, self-expression and confidence. She is also experienced in providing Play Therapy to children who need emotional healing due to parental divorce or bereavement.
Avelyn’s joy in helping children is evident in her younger years. For instance, she tutored a primary school student who had Cerebral Palsy and volunteered at church nursery. Currently, she is also a registered relief teacher with Ministry of Education. Being a stay-at-home mother during her child’s formative years has further reinforced her belief that empowerment is one of the greatest gifts to our children. She strongly believes that Play Therapy is a way to help empower children and young persons through the natural healing process of neuroscience, driving the individual to ultimately become a better version of themselves.