Von Auer Psychology Centre
Dr. Vanessa von Auer
MA (Counseling), B.A. Psychology (hons.), EMDR
Vanessa’s training began in America. She lived, studied and worked there for four years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Honors) from Claremont McKenna College, USA. She then continued with her advanced education and obtained her Master’s in Counselling from Monash University, Australia.
Since then, Vanessa has established her psychology centre, VA Psychology Centre, which provides therapeutic services to children, teenagers, adults and families. She also established STARS Development Centre Pte Ltd, an international special needs centre for children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDNOS, etc.).
In addition, Vanessa is a Senior Psychologist at the Child Development Unit, at the National University Hospital. She is also qualified to conduct psycho-educational assessments to help identify and diagnose disorders, strengths and weaknesses. Vanessa has been featured in a multitude of print, TV and radio media releases.
Vanessa believes that every child and adult has the potential to lead a happy, fun and fulfilling life!
Vanessa has spent her career helping parents learn effective parenting strategies, has helped children process their emotional difficulties in healthy ways and has helped families grower closer in their dynamics with one another. Vanessa’s other treatment areas include helping individuals with adjustment/expatriation difficulties, anxiety disorders, anger management, chronic pain, stress management, as well as couples, marriage and family therapy.
Vanessa uses an integrative approach to her counseling session, which consists of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Expressive Therapy approaches. She conducts sessions in English and German.
Dr Silvia Fontanella
B. Psychology (Hons); Doctoral Candidate (JCUS)
Silvia obtained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from James Cook University. Silvia integrates in her work principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic theories. She is also trained in EMDR (Part 1 and 2).
Her focus is on helping children and adults overcome clinical or behavioural problems including anxiety, anger, and mood disorders. Silvia also provides educational and psychological assessments. She has had previous training experiences in both private practice and outpatient medical facilities.
Silvia has been living in Singapore for more than six years, and is interested in cross-cultural psychology and cultural adjustment issues and she works with both the expatriate and local community. She is fluent in English, Italian and French.