Leow Lilyn - Promises Healthcare


Leow Lilyn

Senior Clinical Psychologist,
MPsych (Clinical), BA (Hons) Psych

Languages: English, Mandarin, and Malay; conversant in Cantonese, Teochew, and Hakka


Ms Leow Lilyn has over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health, with 18 of those years spent caring for the adult population at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), a tertiary mental health hospital in Singapore. A highly experienced clinician, the focus of Lilyn’s clinical work is with adults suffering from major mental health concerns, including anxiety, trauma, and depression. Lilyn also has a particular interest in working with those suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Lilyn leans heavily on evidence-based practice, and prides herself on ensuring that her patients receive effective mental health treatment. At the same time, she recognizes the struggle of coping with mental health concerns, and works hard to affirm the strong desire people have to take their life back. She believes that the heart of therapy is the collaborative relationship between the patient and the therapist. Hence, she works deliberately to develop a safe and secure environment to ensure the right fit. Lilyn is driven by her desire to empower patients to not be defined by their mental health concerns, and to take control of their own story.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
Certifications and Accreditations
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Bachelor of Art (Hons) in Psychology, University of Western Australia, Perth

Lilyn completed her academic studies at the University of Western Australia, where she received her master’s degree in clinical psychology. Originally hailing from Malaysia, she relocated to Singapore to work in IMH in 2005 and has settled in Singapore since.

During her 18 years at IMH, she has helped adults struggling with severe mental health concerns, including addictions, trauma, depression and anxiety. Over the years, she has developed a special interest in working with OCD. She finds it particularly gratifying to help move patients out of their cycles of extreme anxiety, so that they are no longer stuck with their repetitive compulsing behaviour and unwanted intrusive thoughts.

Lilyn has extensive training and clinical experience in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)- the gold standard treatment for OCD. She also incorporates a range of other evidence-based approaches, including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work. She is one of a handful of clinicians in Singapore to have received training in a novel, intensive treatment format, shown to be highly effective for the management of OCD. She is a professional member of OCD Network Singapore and is also listed as a service provider with the International OCD Foundation. She is registered both as a Clinical Psychologist, and supervisor with the Singapore Register of Psychologists, under the Singapore Psychological Society.

Beyond her work in the clinic room, Lilyn also regularly provides clinical supervision to other psychologists and mental health professionals in the community. She has held leadership roles as an administrator for IMH’s department of psychology, leading projects to ensure ready access to mental health services. For her service at IMH, she was awarded the National Day Efficiency Medal in 2022. Lilyn is also a strong advocate for improving mental health literacy in the community, as she acknowledges that those who are struggling often do not know where to start seeking help. She has conducted numerous public mental health education workshops and has also been featured in the media.

Lilyn is a proud mother to 2 teenagers and a Westie fur baby. She tries hard to balance spending time with family with her own need for downtime, in the form of yoga or long walks in nature. She loves a good coffee and is always on the hunt for a proper flat white.

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