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Zhi Ying Tan

Educational Psychologist

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology (University of York)

Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) (Queensland University of Technology)

Zhi Ying practices as a Psychologist at Total Communication. She holds a Bachelor degree with Honours in Psychology from the University of York, UK, and a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.


Zhi Ying first gained work experience in the paediatric field as a Behaviour Therapist and provided school shadowing and home-based therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She finds joy and satisfaction in helping children with ASD develop skills and adapt to the mainstream academic environment. She has also worked at various settings such as the QUT Health and Psychology Clinic, a private Catholic primary school in Queensland, and a private Psychology practice where she trained in counselling and administering psychoeducational assessments for children, teenagers, and adults.


Zhi Ying provides psychoeducational assessment including the WISC-V, WAIS-IV, WIAT-III, UNIT-2 (for non-verbal individuals between 5-21 years old), assessments for Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) – generally known as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia, and ADHD.


Zhi Ying has experience in counselling children, teenagers, adults, and parents in the areas of anxiety, depression, oppositional behaviours, and parenting skills. She believes in providing client-centred counselling and draws from theories of CBT, play therapy, and attachment theory. She has a deep interest in facilitating improvements in the parent-child relationship as she believes in the power and life-long benefits of a strong parent-child bond. Specifically, Zhi Ying is trained in the Circle of Security – Intensive.


She is also trained in organising and facilitating strength-based social skills programs for children and teenagers (Resourceful Adolescents Program) to equip them with invaluable social skills to navigate their social environment and peer relationship while growing up.


Zhi Ying believes in active collaboration with stakeholders to improve the functioning of the client. She prides herself as a good listener who understands client’s struggles and needs and strives to provide a safe and supportive holding environment for clients in counselling. She can provide counselling in both English and Chinese.


In her free time, she winds down with oil pastel painting, reading, and cooking for her family.