SHEROES Bios: Geraldine Tan, The Therapy Room

Geraldine Tan

SHEROES Bios is a collection of 12 selected stories taken from “ULTRAordinary SHEROES”, a collaborative project by The HEART Enterprise, Up Your Game Community, and Our Unique Stories to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019.

Geraldine started The Therapy Room six years ago because she wanted the freedom as a therapist to reach out to people who were not able to afford therapy. With her own practice, she would also have the space to debunk the myths of those with clinical or special needs. She felt that people knew little about disorders and the special needs community and are fearful of approaching them.

Though she started out working with special needs children, Geraldine soon realised she needed to work with their parents too. Parents of special needs children often feel alone as they may not have anyone they can turn to. Even relatives and friends may not understand them. Often these parents hide away thinking no one understands them and feeling fearful of criticism.

Geraldine wants to prove to parents that if they come forward, therapists can support them with the resources they need. By helping them and showing them that there is hope, she wants to make the journey for them a lot more pleasant. She understands that there are parents who doubt the effectiveness of therapy or the sincerity of therapists, but strongly feels that parents need to collaborate with therapists and trust them for things to work — their participation is necessary.

It is her hope for more parents with special needs children to come forward and tell people their stories. If more people take the time to understand the special needs community, and if the parents involve themselves more and help clear misconceptions, then progress can be achieved.

Geraldine’s story first appeared at the ULTRAordinary SHEROES event organised by The HEART Enterprise and DISTRii Singapore on 8 March 2019.