Desieree Elisabeth Makalew

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Desieree Makalew
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  • Individuals
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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. 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), Gestalt Therapy, Morita Therapy, and Solution Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT). She is focused on tailoring her sessions to each client’s needs through Positive Psychology. Desieree is also trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH).

Desieree is an associate member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC).

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's in Science in Psychology - Counselling (University of Derby)
  • Master's in Business Administration (University of Japan)
  • Graduate and Professional Diplomas in Psychotherapy (The School of Positive Psychology)

Professional memberships

  • Singapore Psychological Society
  • The British Psychological Society
  • International Council of Psychotherapists (ICP), UK
  • Singapore Association for Counselling


  • 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)