About Us

Our Philosophy

At The Open Nest, we believe that everyone deserves care and support. There is much pain in human life, regardless of life stage, and people often struggle in silence. These pains include social insults, parenting deficiencies, educational pressures and occupation dissatisfaction amongst others. Over the years, we learn to mask our pain and put up a front to move on and survive. These developmental hurts, if left to fester, may initially manifest as social/educational/occupational problems and may eventually develop into psychological disorders.

We believe that in all pain lies the opportunity of growth. It is never too late to grow. Growing old is biological but growing up is psychological. Psychological growth means gaining awareness of one's emotional states, and learning to utilize one's individual resources to manage day to day challenges. We wish to help you to achieve that.

The Open Nest is conceived as a non-judgemental place for you to learn to heal. With open hearts and open minds, we seek to understand you and journey with you through this difficult time. At your comfort, we will spend time together to explore past hurts and collaboratively develop a treatment plan. Over here, we have created a comfortable environment where your psychological growth can begin.

Our Therapist

Gifford’s previous working experience included working in Singapore’s tertiary psychiatric hospital, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). Based in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (DCAP), Gifford was a pioneer member of the award-winning, multi-disciplinary Response, Early intervention and Assessment in Community mental Health (REACH) team, which specialised in providing psychological assessments and evidence-based interventions in schools and in students’ homes. Embracing this multi-faceted approach, Gifford worked closely with IMH and other general hospitals, Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), Family Service Centres (FSCs), Special Schools, and Educational Psychologists and School Counsellors from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to develop and provide holistic treatments for each child. 

Next, Gifford headed Thomson Paediatric Centre (The Child Development Centre) as their Principal Psychologist and supervised his team of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Early Intervention Specialist Teachers to provide integrated treatments for clients. Gifford was trained and certified to conduct assessments to diagnose children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia and other disorders. He also conducted school readiness assessments and provided reports which adhered to MOE guidelines and enabled schools to better support the special needs of every child. 

Working in the Singapore Armed Forces Psychological Care Centre (SAF PCC) as a clinical psychologist, Gifford provided evidence-based psychological interventions for SAF regulars and Full Time Servicemen. Gifford was placed in charge of developing the psychological rehabilitation program for distressed servicemen in the PCC. Gifford presented a poster documenting the efficacy of the psychological rehabilitation program at the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange. 

Additionally, Gifford provides psychological assessments to organisation and currently lectures at a local university. He has also trained and provided supervision to psychology graduates who were receiving their advanced training in the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) program in the National University of Singapore (NUS). Gifford has also conducted several trainings and talks in schools and at public forums.  


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