Practitioner In The Spotlight: Mr. Ko Teik Yen

Practitioner In The Spotlight: Mr. Ko Teik Yen

Mental Health disorders are real, but we don’t talk about it enough in Malaysia. Many struggle from it, but are either afraid or unsure of where and how to seek help. Today, I speak to Mr. Ko Teik Yen, a certified Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Therapist & Teacher who helps individuals battle with the disorder.

1) Tell me about yourself

My name is Mr. Ko Teik Yen and I’m a clinical Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Therapist & Teacher based at Pantai Therapy Centre. I specialise in trauma healing & PTSD, chronic/persistent pain & somatic complaints, phobia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, burnout, stress and other anxiety related disorders.

2) Where did you study at?

My background is in Lifescience and I was in the medical pharmaceutical line for 26 years. I decided to transition into the therapy industry and took up a Clinical Hypnotherapy course at London College of Clinical Hypnosis 10 years ago – from Certificate to Diploma and Advance Diploma level. Since then, I have traveled to many countries to further my understanding of human behaviour and Psychotherapy, which includes the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre; Centre of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School and many others. About two years ago, a few of us started a practice at Pantai Kuala Lumpur.

3) Can you tell me a little bit about Mental Health issues and what are some of the causes?

I do not view mental illness as purely a sickness or disease. Human beings are constantly in search for purpose and are constantly pressured to achieve results. We are complex beings and as we search for new purpose, we may get stuck. How we used to approach certain things may sometimes not work anymore, prodding us to learn to deal with things differently. Mental disorder is like an awakening, to point us towards the direction of where and what has gone wrong.

4) Why did you choose to pursue Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy?

The pharmaceutical industry focuses a lot on medicine, but I noticed it was only a small part of healthcare. You don’t get to explore the psychology and social aspects of the complex human body. However, within Psychology, you are able to touch on the conscious and subconscious mind, as well as the emotional aspects. There is a much greater interest within me to understand the bio-psycho-social aspects – to manage illnesses and diseases, which are not restricted to just antibiotics and medication.

5) Can you explain what is Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy?

Essentially, Psychology is the study of human behavior and Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy sits under its umbrella. They are two of the many different ways used to helping people with their thoughts and emotions.

  • Psychotherapy
    The use many types of psychological techniques, such as communicating with a Psychologist, Psychiatrist or a Counsellor.
  • Hypnotherapy
    Deals directly with an individual’s subconscious mind by inducing him/her to enter a state of relaxation and calm, with their permission. With that, they are able to go back to the past and address underlying issues. When the mind is more open, flexible and a little distant from the problems at hand, they are able to look at it differently.

A combination of Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness intervention is probably the most efficient way to address symptoms of depression and anxiety because it deals with the subconscious thought processes, which is usually the cause of many people’s problems. One session can last for 60 to 90 minutes.

 

6) Describe your experience thus far as a Hypnotherapist

I have to say, it has been a very satisfying and fulfilling journey, being able to help others become better versions of themselves.

 

7) Describe one or more memorable patient you’ve attended to, and how you’ve managed to help him/her?

I’ve handled a case of a 46-year old depressed patient on medication. Her battle with the disorder began when she was 19, and from time to time, she would relapse and get out of control. She was referred to me by a Psychiatrist, and I’m very happy to say that she is now learning how to handle her emotions better. Instead of relying on just medication and adjusting the dosages, she is now finally able to deal with her emotions more effectively. In fact, she’s started to look for a job, after so many years!

There is this other 21-year old patient whom is a very talented musician. Classified as perfect pitch at the tender age of 4, she was offered a scholarship by a university to pursue music. However, she unfortunately succumbed to depression last April which led to a hiatus from school and music. She received treatment from me and by November, she started playing the piano again. I’m so glad to see her rebuild her life and not let her talent go to waste.

8) Do you treat only a specific age group?

As long as the individual is not too young. Patients from 10 and above are fine.

 

 

 

9) What is the one thing that makes you want to get up in the morning to go to work?

Doing what I’m passionate about! I’m driven to help individuals live fulfilling lives. One of my career goals is to help a patient, but in more ways than just getting rid and dealing with symptoms. I want to help my patients deal with the underlying issues – what is driving the anger, anxiety and depression.

10) Once someone has been diagnosed with a mental illness, can he/she get better again?

Yes, it’s definitely possible with the right management and approach – from medication, to managing the psychological and social aspects.

 

11) How does one even begin to tell if he/she is suffering from depression/anxiety etc?

With anxiety, you can almost always identify the symptoms. You’re constantly –

  • Constantly anxious
  • Heart keeps pounding
  • Perpetually tense and restless
  • Insomnia
  • Phobias develop
  • Repetitive panic attacks
  • Anger is triggered by almost anything

As for depression, you’ll notice –

  • Lost of interest towards things and activities you used to love
  • Apathetic towards life
  • Zero drive and energy
  • Constantly feel that there’s no purpose in life

There is also this thing called mask depression whereby depressed/anxious patients are extremely high-functioning. Some of them are very good at suppressing and controlling their emotions. However, they manifest it in other forms like binge drinking alcohol, smoking or even cardiovascular related diseases.

12) Do you treat sleeping problems?

Yes. Insomnia is a symptom of anxiety, depression or both. It can be a result of trauma. I will teach techniques to relax that will help the patient sleep better. Sleeping pills are not a long term solution.

13) When should someone who is feeling depressed decide to seek help?

At the point the disorder affects your function. Otherwise, if they can reach out to their support system (friends and family) and try to find some kind of way to balance their life in terms of recreation to relax, before the condition escalates.

14) What treatment options are available?

If the condition is mild and moderate, then I’d recommend going for the non-medication approach first – which includes various forms of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, as well as learning how to regulate our emotions, our thoughts and stabilise our focus of attention.

However, if the case is serious, these individuals would usually need medication to help them stabilise their condition – therefore a Psychiatrist would be the perfect go-to person.

15) What is the difference between various mental health professions?

  • HypnotherapistDeals directly with an individual’s subconscious mind. Induce him/her to enter a state of relaxation and calm, with their permission. No medication prescription.
  • Psychotherapist – Focus extensively on Psychotherapy. Treat emotional and mental suffering in patients behavioral intervention. No medication prescription.
  • Psychiatrist – Spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.
  • CounsellorFocus on patient’s concerns and difficulties. Teach how to assist individuals develop an understanding about themselves to make changes in their lives. No medication prescription.

 

To talk to him online now!

 

Mr. Ko Teik Yen

Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy

Doctor In The Spotlight: Dr. Teo Jed Yeow

Doctor In The Spotlight: Dr. Teo Jed Yeow

 

Ever wondered what’s it like to be an expert in Aesthetics? Today, I talk to Dr. Jed Yeow, the specialist in the department with over 8 years of experience. He currently runs Pure Touch Clinic at Bangsar South and owns a Laser Centre at Damansara Heights. Here are his answers to 18 questions asked!

 

1) Tell me about yourself

I am of Taiwanese and Malaysian descent, grew up in Garden International School and always wanted to be a doctor, as I loved helping my friends, enjoyed the sciences and scored good grades. Upon graduating from high school, I got accepted into a medical university in Moscow, Russia where I received a lot of hands-on training.

Passed and graduated from medical school at the early age of 23 with flying colours, returned home to Malaysia and started my housemanship. Not long after, I went to Australia to pursue a postgraduate degree in General Medicine.

 

2) What are your hobbies?

I enjoy going to the gym, playing basketball, badminton and keeping myself fit by watching my diet and consistently load up on good supplements to stay healthy. Also, I’m going to be a father soon, so it looks like I will be spending a lot of time doting on my new child.

 

3) Why did you choose to become a doctor?

Partly because my parents encouraged me to be a doctor when I was younger, but as I grew older, I realised that I enjoyed helping people, and essentially, that is what a doctor does.

 

4) Where did you study?

  • MD (Moscow)
  • AMC (AUS)
  • SAAARMM (Member of The Society for Anti-Ageing, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine Malaysia)
  • KCCS (Member of Korean College of Cosmetic Surgery)
  • Member of Allergan Medical Institute for Supporting Excellence in Facial Aesthetics

 

5) Why Aesthetics instead of Plastic Surgery?

To undergo the knife, you will endure a lot of pain, suffer from bad bruising, end up bedridden and recovery time is long. You can say goodbye to eating, talking and laughing for a while.

However, with Aesthetics, the procedure is quick and recovery time is short, and I like the idea of that.

 

6) The Aesthetics trend is beginning to pick up. Did you foresee this trend back in the day?

Yes, I saw this day coming… which is why, I decided to pursue this specialty. Technology is so advanced nowadays, you can have a facelift without actually having to go under the knife (it is also one of my best specialties).

 

7) What sets you apart from the rest of the doctors/aestheticians?

I would say, I make an effort to spend longer periods of time with each patient. I’m extra careful and I try to work a bit slower because I’m OCD when it comes to the things that I do. Ensuring proper follow up and maintaining quality after-care is my forte.

For instance, let’s talk about how a laser treatment works. For a complete laser treatment, it requires 5 layers in one setting:

  • First layer – Carbon peel
  • Second layer – Toning
  • Third layer – Lifting
  • Fourth layer – Rejuvenation of the eyes
  • Fifth layer – Pigmentation

Many doctors would require their patients to select two out of the five layers at a cheaper rate, and to add on, they’d just need to pay more. But I don’t work that way because I want to ensure that my patients experience the full treatment from end-to-end at one fixed price.

 

8) Is this your dream job?

Absolutely yes. I’m good with my hands and fingers! I focus on minute details and try my best to make it less painful and more comfortable for my patients. And the best part is, having patients return to thank and love you for what you do! Satisfaction at it’s best. It isn’t about the money anymore.

 

9) What is the one adjective your patients will use to describe you? And why?

They’d say I’m very careful and attentive, because I make the effort to ensure they’re doing well, during and post-procedure.

 

10) What is your best specialty?

I specialise in Facial Aesthetics. Anything related to nose augmentation, face slimming, hair growth, facelift… I’ve got it covered.

 

11) Describe your most successful accomplishment

I recently had this one 67 year old patient whom I treated. She took care of her husband for many years because he’s a stroke patient, and just last year, he passed away. She was feeling absolutely dejected, but wanted a change in her life. I gave her a facelift treatment last year in June, and she looked absolutely incredible after recovery. But more than just the physical, the change gave her life and confidence. She even started seeing someone!

 

12) How do you react under pressure?

Because I’m a little OCD, sometimes I get agitated when I’m under pressure. I constantly stress myself because I want the outcome to be perfect. However, I have to say I manage it pretty well.

 

13) If you had to name one, what is your weakness?

I’m a perfectionist! I am constantly thinking about ways and methods I can use to fix things until I get it right. Sometimes, it can cause anxiety and affect my sleep.

 

14) Have you had any unhappy patients in the past, and what did you do to resolve it?

Yes I have had unhappy patients, though not many. It’s important to take the time to speak with them, explain processes and details as well as manage their expectations. I can’t promise rainbows and butterflies, but I can ensure quality. Patience whilst communicating is key.

 

15) Tell us about the story of how Pure Touch Clinic came to be?

Essentially, I’d like to think Pure Touch defines me. It’s not just about Aesthetics, but more about the experience. Feeling a doctor’s pure touch, the way we communicate and how we build relationships.

In terms of the business, a doctor friend of mine, Datuk Dr. Tan Ming Lee and I decided to collaborate to start Pure Touch Clinic.

 

16) What is the one thing that makes you want to get up in the morning to go to work?

The anticipation to see my patients’ recovery and improvement! I don’t treat my job as work, as I can stay in my clinic till late… to do admin work, consult existing patients etc. My wife who is a Pharmacist helps me at my clinic at night.

 

17) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would definitely like to rank as the top 10 Aesthetic practitioner in Malaysia. Now, we have two Pure Touch clinics, one in KL and the other in Bangsar South. We’ll see where this takes me!

 

18) What are some of the popular services you offer?

  • Wrinkle Removal
  • Acne Scar Treatment
  • Hair Regeneration
  • V-shape Face Slimming
  • Facelift
  • Thread Lift
  • Nose Augmentation
  • Chin Augmentation
  • Double Chin Removal
  • Eyebag Removal

 

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Chinese New Year is right around the corner and a few of us are probably dreading the not-so-lovely comments that are to come from our dear relatives we see only once or twice a year. But let me present you with an option!

Valid for a limited period of time only, you’ll be entitled to 20% off all Aesthetic procedures with Dr. Jed Yeow if you first engage in a free online consultation with him on www.teleme.co. You can ask him all the burning questions you have without having to take the day off to see him at the clinic. Note that this offer is only applicable for the first 20 online consultations, so… first come first serve, guys!

 

 

Here’s to feeling good and walking on cloud nine this Chinese New Year!

 

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This offer is valid only for the first 20 online consultations on TeleMe.
This offer is valid until 31st January 2017.

 

Dr. Teo Jed Yeow

Cosmetic & Aesthetic Physician

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