Kazuo Hope, President
Goh Lei Kheng, Vice President
Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi, Treasurer
Zahari Ngah was a Malaysian who lived in London, UK. He trained as a child and adult psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He spent 40 years both working and teaching within the NHS. He sadly passed away in London on February 7, 2021.
Bashir Bashardoost is a registered counsellor with Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia, and a lecturer at the Department of Psychology in HELP University, Malaysia. He works within the Psychoanalytic and Existential framework in psychotherapy. His professional interest revolves around trauma, grief, and loss. He is also interested in the understanding of mourning and melancholia.
Chester Chong is a senior lecturer at University Putra Malaysia, Department of Psychiatry. He has developed personal interest in the learning and practice of psychoanalysis. He views this explorative therapeutic process as an important way to help people in understanding themselves. He also believes that psychoanalysis can lead to a resolution of problems and difficulties that we all face in our lives, both past and present.
Tomasz Fortuna trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society (IPA) and Hanna Segal Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. He has worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS for over 15 years and currently, he works at the Portman Clinic with adults, children and adolescents and is in private psychoanalytic practice. He teaches and supervises at the Tavistock Clinic, Institute of Psychoanalysis, and abroad. His professional interests include the relationship between psychoanalysis and the arts, understanding of severe emotional disturbance, and criminal behavior.
GOH LEI KHENG
Goh Lei Kheng is an international member of Division 39, Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. She worked in the psychiatric department of University Malaya Medical Center, in Kuala Lumpur for 5 years and is now in private practice providing psychotherapy for adults. Her professional interest includes psychoanalytic perspectives on the personal meanings of language that are expressed in psychotherapy. She also focuses on the clinical application of psychoanalytic thinking when addressing relational trauma.
Bob Hinshelwood is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Emeritus Professor of the University of Essex, UK. He has written widely on Kleinian psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic research into subjectivity, and on unconscious aspects of organizations and institutions.
Kazuo Hope is a member of Division 39, Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. An American from Oakland, California, he spent ten years working in San Francisco's mental health system before moving to Malaysia. His professional interests includes the psychoanalytic understanding of borderline and narcissistic personalities, as well as the cross cultural application of psychoanalytic theory.
GURPREET KAUR KALSI
Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi is a fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery, USA and holds a Health and Care Professions Council UK licence in music therapy. Attached to Jesselton Medical Centre, a private hospital in Sabah, Malaysia, her work is deeply rooted in psychodynamic processes blending Guided Imagery Music, music therapy, hypnosis and EMDR for patients presenting with trauma, grief and loss, psychosis, suicidality, addictions and personality disorders in her outpatient clinic. Her special interest in psychoanalytic thinking is in the early development of attachment patterns within the mother-infant relationship and its influence on attachment styles in later relationships.
Tanita Parameswaran is a clinical psychologist attached to the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR). She works with staff with a focus on vicarious trauma, post-traumatic stress, critical incidents and other personal and family related issues. She has practiced in variety of settings including the paediatric psychiatry unit in a hospital, an addictions treatment center for substance and process addictions and lastly in a private practice with additional experience in working with adult refugees. She is also interested in psychoanalytic thinking and understanding the development of personalities and the impact of psychological trauma on the psyche.
Evone Phoo trained as a clinical psychologist and is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology in HELP University, Malaysia. She mainly works with adults in psychotherapy, within the Psychoanalytic and Existential framework. Her professional interest lies in the understanding of grief, loss, and trauma. She also finds interest in the study of death and meaning.
CHERYL THAM SIN YI
Cheryl Tham is a clinical psychologist and psychology lecturer based in Malaysia. She is currently a faculty member at the International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur. Her professional interests include the understanding of intergenerational trauma, identity formation and personality disorders from a psychoanalytic perspective. She is also interested in cultural and transcultural aspects of psychoanalysis.