Our People

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Sheryl Bathman

Director
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Mindfulness Teacher

Sheryl’s qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Science Counselling – Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme Instructor
  • Diploma in Counselling and Communication – The Australian College of Applied Psychology, Australia
  • Certificate in Counselling – CPR (Counselling & Psychological Resources), Singapore

Sheryl is a professional counsellor and psychotherapist, who has worked with the local, expatriate and corporate communities in Singapore for fifteen years. An Australian who has lived in Singapore since 1999, she founded Lifesteps in 2005 and opened her private consultation office in the central Orchard district in 2007. In addition to her counselling and psychotherapy work, Sheryl offers mindfulness programmes throughout the year including the well-known and clinically researched Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme.

Sheryl pioneered teaching of the MBSR Programme in Singapore. She was trained by, and is recognised as having met the full professional teaching standards of The Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA (CFM UMass)

  • 2009 7-Day Residential MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training with MBSR founder Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn & Saki Santorelli, Executive Director, CFM UMass
  • 2010 8-Day Residential Practicum in MBSR with CFM UMass
  • 2012 9-Day Residential Teacher Development Intensive with CFM UMass
  • 2015 9-Day Residential Teacher Development Intensive with CFM UMass

Prior to establishing Lifesteps, Sheryl worked as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in a group practice in central Singapore, and was a Behavioural Health Associate at Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s inpatient mental health facility. Before becoming a qualified Counsellor, Sheryl spent 10 years in the corporate and finance sectors in New York, Sydney and Tokyo. She speaks proficient Japanese.

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Dr Choo Wei Chieh

Mindfulness Teacher

Wei Chieh’s qualifications include:

  • M.B.,B.S. (Singapore)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme Instructor

Wei Chieh is a medical doctor in general practice. He joined Lifesteps in 2016 as a mindfulness teacher and has conducted mindfulness training with organizations and the general public. Prior to joining Lifesteps, Wei Chieh worked as a neuroscience researcher.

Wei Chieh was trained by and is recognised as having met the supervision standards required by The Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA (CFM UMass)

  • 2010 7-Day Residential MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training with MBSR founder Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn & Saki Santorelli, Executive Director, CFM UMass
  • 2016 9-Day Residential Practicum in MBSR with CFM UMass
  • 2016 9-Day Residential Practice Teaching Intensive with CFM UMass

Selected publications:

  • Tan HY, Choo WC, Fones CS, Chee MW. fMRI study of maintenance and manipulation processes within working memory in first-episode schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2005 Oct;162(10):1849-58. PubMed PMID:16199831.
  • Lim J, Choo WC, Chee MW. Reproducibility of changes in behaviour and fMRI activation associated with sleep deprivation in a working memory task. Sleep. 2007 Jan;30(1):61-70. PubMed PMID:17310866.
  • Choo WC, Lee WW, Venkatraman V, Sheu FS, Chee MW. Dissociation of cortical regions modulated by both working memory load and sleep deprivation and by sleep deprivation alone. Neuroimage. 2005 Apr 1;25(2):579-87. Epub 2005 Jan 27. PubMed PMID:15784437.
  • Chee MW, Choo WC. Functional imaging of working memory after 24 hour of total sleep deprivation. Journal of Neuroscience. 2004 May 12;24(19):4560-7. PubMed PMID: 15140927.
  • Tan HY, Choo WC, Doshi S, Lim LE, Kua EH. A community study of the health-related quality of life of schizophrenia and general practice outpatients in Singapore. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2004 Feb;39(2):106-12. PubMed PMID:15052391.