Mr James Chong
Clinical Director / Co-founder
MAPACS(L4S), MSPS, MCoun, BA(Psych), Spc Dip Career Counselling, P Dip Psychotherapy, Certified PFA

James is the Co-founder and senior mental health clinician with The Lion Mind. He has many years of experiences providing clinical services for people from all walks of life (e.g. addiction, elderly, renal health, students, working professionals).

As a strong believer of using evidence-based treatment, he provides high quality of counselling services to his clients. His counselling approaches include Child-centred Play Therapy (CCPT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). He is also proficient in providing career counselling, group counselling, psychiatric rehabilitation counselling, and in providing the 5Es of renal rehabilitation.

In addition to counselling, James is familiar with the various psychological assessments and tests. He has received formal education in administering and interpreting them. These include (but not exhaustive) the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Third Edition (BASC-3), the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Roberts Apperception Test for Children: 2 (Roberts-2), the Children Apperception Test (CAT), the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), the Tree-House-Person (THP) projective test, and the NEO Personality Inventory, Third Edition (NEO-PI-3). He is also exposed to diagnostic tests such as Conners Third Edition (Conners 3), and various intelligence tests such as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition (SB-5), the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale 4th Edition (WAIS-IV), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V), the Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV), and the Raven’s Progressive Matrices Second Edition (Raven’s 2).

As the Co-founder of The Lion Mind, James is working actively with various community partners to advocate for mental wellbeing. Serving his role as the Honorary Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of APACS (2020 – 2022), James works closely with other mental healthcare practitioners, and policy makers to shape the local mental healthcare scene.  As a Clinical Director (Principal Counsellor) of the organisation, James provides affordable counselling services to clients, presents public talks, and facilitates workshops. He also provides clinical directions for the organisation and provides a nurturing environment for his junior clinicians to grow their clinical skills.

James is actively involved in external collaborations and partnerships. Through the APACS-HSEU-NTUC retainer clinic programme, James provides counselling to the staff of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital. James is an Associate Lecturer with Republic Polytechnic, facilitating healthcare modules for students.

James has presented in two oral presentations during the 5th Asia Pacific Rim International Psychotherapy and Counselling Conference 2017 in Singapore, and has published a peer-reviewed paper in the Australia Counselling Association (ACA)’s Counselling Australia Magazine.

James also believes strongly in continuous education and life-long learning. To date, he has a Master in Counselling from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). His other professional qualifications include Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy from The School of Positive Psychology, and Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling from Republic Polytechnic. He is also a WSQ certified HR Professional (Recruitment & Selection), a certified Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator, and a certified Psychological First Aider. He has also completed CITI Good Clinical Practice Course (ID 34090) and Social & Behavioral Research – Basic/Refresher (ID 34086). He recently completed the course on Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop by Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), and ACA / APACS Professional Supervision Course, and a Certificate in Teaching & Learning for Polytechnic Educators.

James is a registered Level 4S Practitioner (membership no. A0084) with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS), and an Affiliate member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS)  since 2013.  He is also a Full Member (membership no. FM019005C) with the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) since 2019.