DR. VANESSA VON AUER
Hello there, welcome to VA Psychology Center!
I’m Dr. Vanessa von Auer, a Clinical Psychologist, Special Needs Educator, Relationship and Parenting Expert. Over the past 15 years, I have had the privilege to help individual clients and families overcome some of the most challenging stages in their lives.
Having grown up as an Eurasian Third Culture Kid (TCK), I understand the intricacies of Western and Asian cultures, and have had the pleasure of supporting people from all walks of life. It is an honor to be able to be part of my clients' individual journeys toward empowerment, resilience and happiness!
My extensive clinical background stems from my time working both in the public and private sectors. I founded the VA Psychology Center (VAPC) in 2008, which provides therapeutic services to children, teenagers, adults and families. Shortly after, I also founded the Integrated International School, one out of only two international schools to offer both mainstream and special education. I am qualified to conduct psycho-educational/diagnostic assessments to help identify and diagnose disorders and learning difficulties.
In addition, I consulted as a Senior Psychologist at the Child Development Unit, at the National University Hospital (CDU @NUH) for 3.5 years. I have also had the privilege of being featured in a multitude of television, radio and print media releases for my expertise.
I believe that every child and adult has the potential to lead a happy, fun and fulfilling life! I’ve spent my career helping parents learn effective parenting strategies, helped children process their emotional difficulties in healthy ways and watched families grow closer in their dynamics with one another. My other treatment areas include helping individuals with adjustment/expatriation difficulties, anxiety disorders, anger management, chronic pain, grief, infertility, stress management, as well as couples, marriage and family therapy. I use an integrative approach to my counseling sessions, which consists of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Expressive Therapy approaches. All of my sessions are conducted in English (all clients) and if requested, German (children only).
WHY WORK WITH ME
I have over 15 years of extensive clinical training and experience supporting clients of all backgrounds through a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Expressive Therapies, Gottman Couple's Level 1, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and generally use an integrative approach to tailoring counseling sessions to suit the unique needs of each individual client. By providing you with an individualized treatment approach, I help you work through your own unique challenges and offer a safe space for you to acquire invaluable life skills to help you maintain a balanced, happy and healthy life.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Expressive Therapies (e.g., Art Therapy, Dance Therapy, Sandplay)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
SUPPORT FOR EVERYONE
At VAPC, we aim to provide holistic support to all of our clients. However, we understand that counseling in Singapore can be expensive. Our treatment sessions and diagnostic reports are frequently covered by a range of medical insurances. Inquire with your medical insurance provider if they cover some or the full cost of counseling. We are happy to complete any insurance documents you require. If you are interested in coming in for counseling sessions but are not fully comfortable or ready yet, then feel free to browse through my free online videos and articles.