Derrick has been working for over 30 years, assuming roles and responsibilities in operations, management, consulting and lecturing. After his local tertiary education in engineering and management studies, he went on to graduate with his first degree in business administration. As a believer in lifelong learning, he advanced his studies to attain a Master of Business (2002) from RMIT. He subsequently earned his degree in Psychology from Murdoch University and a Master in Counselling from Monash University.
Since 2003, Derrick has been volunteering at His Family Centre. After graduating from Monash University, he also volunteered at Teen Challenge Rehabilitation Centre for 4 years, attending to the counselling needs of the residents undergoing their rehabilitation programs for various addictions. Thereafter, he was also a volunteer counsellor at Focus On The Family Singapore. In his psychotherapy practice, Derrick applies principles of person-centred therapy and also adopts an eclectic approach; techniques of Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy are used where appropriate to facilitate positive change in his clients. Currently, his areas of counselling include coping skills, communications, relationship reconciliation, education & career guidance.
At private and tertiary institutes, Derrick has been providing training in areas of operations management, career counselling, organizational behaviour and health psychology. A believer in healthy living, Derrick jogs and swims regularly. He is married to his best friend, and they are proud parents of their two grown sons.