MAPS (Member of Australian Psychological Society), MPsych (forensic), PGDip-Psy, BA-Psych Psychologist
Born and raised in Sydney, Leeran Gold was the first Australian candidate to be invited as the International Visiting Researcher to the Home Team Academy Behavioural Sciences Centre in Singapore. She completed her Bachelor of Arts – Psychology degree at Macquarie University and her Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Master of Psychology (Forensic) at Bond University at the age of 23. Leeran gained formative experience teaching undergraduate and graduate psychology courses while at Bond University.
Leeran has had experience working across the lifespan with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Most recently, she was the Head of Early Intervention Program and led a team of specialised teachers in providing early intervention for children aged 1.5 to 11 years in Singapore.
Leeran has also worked with multidisciplinary teams providing psychological assessment and intervention for adolescents, families, and adults referred through the criminal justice system both at Mermaid Beach Youth Justice Service Centre and Tweed Valley Drug and Alcohol Centre.
Leeran’s client-centered therapeutic approach draws upon humanistic and narrative frameworks. She is qualified and experienced in delivering Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Addictions Counselling, Mindfulness Based Interventions, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Crisis Management. She delivers both individual and group therapy.
Leeran also provides comprehensive psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults including intelligence, achievement, and personality testing, as well as forensic assessments, including violence risk assessments and suicide risk assessments.
Leeran has always been passionate about music, and performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, New York when she was 14. She also enjoys martial arts and adventure travel, having trekked to Mt Everest Base Camp in 2010.
The following content was written by or features Leeran Gold for Promises Healthcare:
Amongst lawyers, one of the leading causes given for mid-career abandonment is burnout. Promises Healthcare partnered with the Law Society of Singapore for a two hour professional development seminar aimed at addressing this issue by providing legal professionals with practical stress management strategies. The President of the Law Society, Mr ... Read More
Although society has made some headway in reducing the stigma and misinformation about general mental health issues, the public's understanding of self-harm remains decades behind. Let's debunk some common myths about adolescent self-harm. Myth: 'Self-harm means cutting right? Only emos and goths do that.' Self-harm refers to a range of ... Read More
Forensic psychology is as interesting as it sounds. People often imagine forensic psychologists running around in bullet proof vests catching criminals and solving crimes (think 'Elizabeth Keen' - forensic psychologist/FBI agent from hit television show Blacklist). Although real world forensic psychologists are more likely to be sitting behind a desk, ... Read More
Let's take a look at some common mental health myths about youth suicide and set the record straight. Attempted suicides are just a cry for attention. A suicide attempt should never be dismissed as 'just a cry for attention'. A young person is highlighting that their level of internal distress ... Read More
As harrowing details of the British banker murder trial emerge, the media have shone a spotlight on his mental health and use of the 'diminished responsibility' defence. Here is a short introduction to the concept of 'diminished responsibility' and the role that forensic mental health experts may play in this ... Read More
Following a landmark case that ordered all privileged medico-legal reports to be struck off the record, the High Court of Singapore has set a new precedent in applying litigation privilege in criminal cases. Here are 3 key takeaways for forensic mental health professionals following the case written by Leeran Gold, ... Read More
Parents often worry about how to protect their children from violent media, and how to manage their child's response once they are exposed. The fantastic article below outlines what parents need to look out for, and how they can help their child cope with the terror and violence they are ... Read More
In the lead up to Singapore’s Pink Dot campaign, we would like to take the opportunity to help raise awareness of some of the major mental health issues faced by LGBTQ individuals globally. Here is our Q+A with psychologist Leeran Gold. So what does LGBTQ stand for? LGBT stands for ... Read More
What can I do to help my teen? In addition to regular professional mental health support, here are some things you can do to help your teen: - Show that you care - Be non-judgmental - Accept your teen’s feelings - Suggest distractions - Learn basic first aid - Encourage ... Read More
How do I know if my teen is self-harming? Self-harming is usually a very private and secretive behavior. Teens may self-harm on areas of their bodies that are difficult to see. In some cases, teens may self-harm in more obvious areas including their wrists, ankles, arms and legs. If you ... Read More
What is self-harm? Self-harm is the deliberate self-inflicted destruction of body tissue. It can occur with or without suicidal intentions. A commonly used term is ‘non-suicidal self-injury’ (NSSI), which refers to self-injury that is carried out without suicidal intent. If my teen self-harms, does that mean they are suicidal? It ... Read More
Signs that your son or daughter may be in crisis include; - Self-harming such as cutting or burning - Expressing suicidal thoughts - Withdrawal from friends and family - Poor academic performance - Getting into fights at school or at home - Changes in appetite and body weight - Appearing ... Read More
Friday 29th January 2016 marked the first executive lunch of the year with expert discussion on mental health and the law. Hosted by Winslow Clinic and Harry Elias Partnership, 20 legal experts joined the Winslow Clinic Forensic Services team for an exclusive lunch hosted at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. The crowd was ... Read More
A CBT-based approach to helping your teenager manage his/her anger. Adolescents in this group will be encouraged to identify their angry feelings, problem solve and express them in various productive ways. Parents will also be required to attend 2 sessions where they will be taught strategies to help support their ... Read More
A CBT-based approach to helping your child manage anger. Children in this group will be encouraged to identify their angry feelings, problem solve and express them in various productive ways. Parents will also be required to attend 2 sessions where they will be taught strategies to work with their child ... Read More