Our therapist, Chawisa Chartsuwan, returned to Thailand in 2010 after her studies in the United States. She was awarded the Masters of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. She joins Bangkok Counselling Service to develop the Young Peoples Wellbeing Project and the Thai Emotional Support Service.
Chawisa is developing a program of psycho-educational workshops for schools and institutions working with young people to address and raise awareness of issues relevant to young people as experienced by them during their current stage of development. These workshops are also an access point for young people who want to explore further the issues raised through individual and family counselling and emotional support.
Her qualification and training include:
Chawisa is experienced working with adolescents who have self-harm, have a mood disorder, experienced a trauma as well as those diagnosed with ADHD or other emotional or behavioral problems. Chawisa is Bangkok Counselling Service Young People’s Counsellor and primarily works with those aged 11 to 18 years.
Chawisa provides family therapy as well as individual emotional support and group work to young people in both English and Thai. She utilizes Client Centered and Family Systems theory and practice in her work with clients.
Chawisa set up the Thai Emotional Support Service providing Counselling and Psychotherapy in Thai to the local population. As both services grew Chawisa handed the lead of the Thai service over to Dr Jaruwan so that she could focus on work with young people. Chawisa continues to work with some adult clients and provides duel English Thai couples counselling. To our knowledge Chawisa is the only bilingual therapist in Bangkok that provides couples counselling to (intercultural) mixed cultural couples in English and Thai.
Chawisa is a member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) and works to their Code of Ethics.