"It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love."
- John Lenon
Hernie has over a decade of experience in therapy work; she is also a trained visual arts teacher with over two decades of teaching experience. She is a highly creative individual who engages in a variety of artistic mediums. Hernie employs her training in the visual arts, art therapy, and mindfulness to complement her counselling methodologies.
As a globally recognised Certified Mindfulness Teacher, she regularly facilitates mindfulness classes and workshops. She places an emphasis on incorporating lifestyle change as needed to enhance her clients’ wellbeing. She makes it a priority to find which self-care methods work best for her client, and how they could incorporate them into their daily living. Hernie has worked extensively with clients of different ages, from all walks of life and her own global travels have imparted her to recognize the value of ‘self-care’ as key to minimize the stress associated with new places and changes in life. Her desire to help others to become more conscious of their emotional condition, tension and anxiety stem from these challenges while studying and working abroad.
Her clinical interests include Person-Centered therapy, Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Compassionate-based therapy, Expressive and Art Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Holistic Therapy. Hernie has worked with individuals and groups in most facets of treatment therapy. Her caring and gentle demeanor has helped many children, teens and adults of diverse nationalities feel at ease with her.
Hernie’s extensive experience in providing therapy to children, adolescent, and adults enables her to understand and provide clients with achievable therapy goals. This includes walking with them through their depression, strained relationship, peer pressure, isolation, low self-esteem, anxiety and aversions. She uses her mastery of the visual arts and art therapy training to assist children with trauma and socioemotional challenges, including "at-risk" children.
She has led expressive therapy sessions for mental health professionals and caregivers to help them with their own practices. She conducts art therapy group sessions for individuals dealing with bereavement and grief.
She finds solitude through her daily meditation and creates art as a form of self-care. Numerous exhibitions of her work have been held in Singapore, Australia, and Europe. Her work has spanned from miniature paintings to installation pieces. Many of the artworks were private commissions.
Hernie’s creative, compassion-based approach is at the heart of all her work.
She is currently enrolled in a doctorate program in Consciousness Studies and will be completing her doctorate in 2025.
Doctorate in Consciousness Studies (completing in 2025)
Master of Counselling
Master of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Visual Arts
Diploma of Teaching in Art Education
Diploma in Art Therapy
Diploma in Interior Design
Certified Mindfulness Teacher and Coach (CMT-P)
Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)
International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA)
Reviews for Hernie
Hernie has been my daughter’s therapist for almost a year now. We came to her at a tough time in our child’s life. From the beginning, Hernie was warm and empathetic, immediately putting us, the parents, at ease. We knew immediately after the parent’s session that she would be a good fit for our child. And subsequent sessions reinforced that initial impression. Hernie uses a variety of art activities to help my daughter communicate her thoughts and feelings. She looks forward to her sessions with Hernie every week and considers her a source of friendship and calm in her life. As a family, we are fortunate to have found Hernie.