Siu Yun (Winnie) Kua, M.A.

Siu Yun (Winnie) Kua, M.A.

Having grown up in a multicultural country, I have always been fascinated with how our cultural experiences, country of origin, values/beliefs, and languages not only sculpt the way we behave and communicate, but also the way we perceive ourselves, others, and the world. I learned from a young age to respect and appreciate diversity. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved listening to other people’s stories and how their experiences shaped them into the person they are. This curiosity in wanting to learn more about human behaviour and the way we think eventually led me to study psychology.

As I look back on my life and what brought me to where I am today, I recognize how privileged I am to have met many individuals who helped solidify my decision to pursue a career in the mental health field. Still, there is one individual, a mentor, who stood out among the rest. Through empathy and authenticity, she encouraged personal growth and opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. And she was the reason I decided to stop wishing/thinking and to start acting. That is, to start making changes in my own life. However, change was not easy. At times, it felt like I was stepping onto an unknown territory while being blindfolded. Not only can it be frightening, it can sometimes be a long and challenging process. I recognize how difficult it can be to try and change the way we think or act, but change is not unattainable with the support and guidance of a mental health professional. In addition, there are tools and skills you can learn that will help you through the process. Like how she inspired me to change and grow as a person, I hope to be able to do the same for you.

Through my education, volunteer, placement, and work experience, I had the chance to interact with individuals from different backgrounds and with diverse presenting issues. I provide counselling to adolescents and adults experiencing stress or mental health issues, including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although I adopt the cognitive-behavioural model, I have also received training in emotion-focused therapy. I believe that change is possible with increased awareness in the way we think, feel and act. I strongly believe that increased understanding of our emotions are beneficial in promoting our mental well-being and can be helpful in treating many mental health concerns.

Apart from counselling, I also provide psychoeducational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy interacting with individuals and helping them uncover their strengths and weaknesses so that they are able to utilize this knowledge to achieve their best performance in a school setting.

My clinical practice at TPS is supervised by Jancy King, M.Ed., C. Psych. Assoc., a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. As such, all or most of your fees may be covered by your workplace benefits. If you are interested in working with me, please call our clinic at (416) 531-0727 or email us at tps.info@bellnet.ca to schedule an appointment.