Jessica lam

Psychologist

jessica lam

jessica lam

Psychologist

BIO

 

“We all have moments where life can be challenging. Because of this, I appreciate the courage & willingness of my clients to seek therapy. It is always a privilege to be part of the process, and be the person that you can share your stories with. My therapy is about working collaboratively with you so that your strengths can be effectively utilised in reaching goals and working towards a more meaningful life. My therapy emphasizes the importance of having  non-judgemental dialogues, and openness to people from diverse cultural background and identities.” – Jessica Lam

Jessica has a unique training background in both counselling and psychology and has worked across various services internationally providing group and individual psychological and behavioural supports to people of all ages from young children to adults. Jessica has previously worked across multiple roles at the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, University of Sydney and has extensive experience working with behavioural addictions. She has also worked in a private capacity providing services to children with behavioural and learning difficulties and their families including autism spectrum disorder. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Yew Chung Community College in Hong Kong teaching special education needs for young children to students training as early educators.

 

 Jessica has a special interest in working with children and families experiencing neurodevelopmental and behavioural concerns. She assists parents who are exhausted and overwhelmed with supporting their children to complete daily tasks to develop confidence in applying behavioural strategies to improve communication and relationships within the home environment. She recognises the toll that supporting a child with additional needs can take on the family as a whole and supports parents to manage the fears they have for their child whilst assisting children to develop the skills they need to develop friendships, manage emotions and increase their independence.

Jessica also has a special interest in supporting individuals and families affected by addiction. She understands that addiction often commences as a form of coping with difficult emotions but over time becomes the only way of surviving and can lead to depression, anxiety and problems with relationships. Through therapy, Jessica equips individuals with the strategies needed to manage relapse, urges and triggers for unhelpful behaviours. She also supports family members, who may notice fatigue, secrecy or mood changes in their loved one, to develop the confidence needed to cope with their loved one’s addiction effectively.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Psychology

University of Durham, UK

Masters of Social Science - Counselling

University of Hong Kong, HK

Masters of Clinical Psychology

University of Technology Sydney

Special interests

Jessica has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Developmental Concerns, ADHD & ASD

  • Learning Difficulties

  • Anxiety Disorders including Selective Mutism

  • Parenting and Attachment

  • Child Behavioural Issues

  • Mood Disorders

  • Gambling and Behavioural Addictions

  • Substance Misuse

  • Chronic Pain

  • Relational Concerns & Interpersonal Difficulties

  • Emotion Dysregulation & Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

  • Stress, Motivation and Coping

Research & Publications

Jessica is committed to staying current with the latest research, in order to offer the best treatment service to her clients. Jessica has participated in research examining treatment effectiveness of youth services in Hong Kong. In addition, she previously worked as a research assistant in the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, University of Sydney, where she participated in research on internet privacy concerns and cybercrime. Her recent interest is in the impact of chronic presentations, e.g. addiction and pain, on family members. Jessica’s research on the overall experience of family members affected by addiction is currently in preparation for publication. 

Conference Presentation:

Understanding the impact of problem gambling on the family. Oral presentation at the Regional Gambling Conference, Bathurst, 1st of June 2017.

Publications:

Leung, G. & Lam, J. (2017) The effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural approach on youth service: Marycove Centre, Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Marycove Centre.

Lam, J., & Leung, G. (2017). Chapter 2: Introduction to Personality Disorder & Chapter 6: Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Editor: G. Leung, & C. F. Chan, Understanding Personality Disorder. Hong Kong: Joint Publisher.

 

Therapy approaches

Jessica has training and experience in utilising the following treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Parent Management Training (PMT)

  • Cognitive Deconstructional Therapy (CDT) for Problem Gambling 

  • Bowen Family System Therapy

  • The 5-Step Method (for family members of those suffering from addictions)

REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
  • Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0002108846)

  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)

  • The Hong Kong Psychological Society

  • Addiction and the Family International Network