Desieree Elisabeth Makalew

Singapore-based online therapist, Desieree Makalew, from Talk Your Heart Out
Enquire for in-person sessions: Temple St
Desieree Makalew
  • Couples
  • Individuals
  • Video

Nanakorobi yaoki (七転び八起き) – “fall seven times, stand up eight” ~Japanese proverb~

Desieree is a trained psychologist and psychotherapist with a Master’s in Psychology – Counselling from University of Derby. She has since been working with individuals and families, from various backgrounds with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues. Prior to become a psychologist, she has over a decade of working experience in the commercial and finance industry. Her professional experiences have made her understand how important it is to prioritise mental wellbeing.

Desieree has 5 years of clinical experience, using a Person-centred Approach, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT & DBT), Schema Therapy, Morita Therapy, and Solution Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT) across her sessions. She is focused on tailoring her sessions to each client’s needs through Positive Psychology. Besides being trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH), she has also completed Level 1 and 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and employs this therapeutic method in her couples counselling sessions. Currently, Desieree uses Gottman Connect, a platform designed to help couples in a committed relationship build their friendship and manage critical relationship concerns (e.g. communication).

Her clinical experience includes performance enhancement, habits control, depression, anxiety, grief, cultural adjustment issues, and relationship issues. Desieree is passionate about working with individuals with their self-development, such as increasing self-confidence and overcoming a mid-career crisis. She believes in working closely with her clients to bring out the best in them and help them in moving forward.

Desieree also has over a decade of working experience in the commercial and finance industry. Before settling down in Singapore, she worked in France, Japan, and Indonesia which has given her varied exposure in working and interacting with people from different cultures. She is conversant in English and Bahasa Indonesia.


Contact us:

If you have any questions, feel free to reach us over email (, phone (+65 6502 2840) or WhatsApp (+65 9831 0005).

Educational qualifications / certifications:

  • Master of Science in Psychology - Counselling (University of Derby)
  • Master of Business Administration (University of Japan)
  • Graduate and Professional Diplomas in Psychotherapy (The School of Positive Psychology)
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 & 2)
  • Certified and Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH)
  • Certified Crisis Responder (NOVA)

Professional memberships

  • Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), Full Member
  • Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), Allied Member
  • Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS), L1 Practitioner
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS), Graduate Member


  • English
  • Bahasa Indonesia

What Desieree can help you with:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood regulation, including anger management
  • Burn out
  • Work related stress and anxiety
  • School and academic stresses
  • Relationship or marital issues, including divorce and separation
  • Sexual orientation struggles
  • Unemployment issues
  • Family issues, including intergenerational bonding
  • Self-esteem
  • Health related isues
  • Parental or caregiver stress
  • Financial stress
  • Habit control
  • Addictions
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Adjustment issues (such as moving countries)