Training & Experience
“Life as a therapist is a life of service in which we daily transcend our personal wishes and turn our gaze toward the needs and growth of the other. We take pleasure not only in the growth of our patient but also in the ripple effect—the salutary influence our patients have upon those whom they touch in life.”
- Irvin D. Yalom
Amirah Shah ~ Counsellor
I have always been curious of the world, namely from the inner workings of the mind, the nature of nurture, the interplay of philosophies in the world, and the dynamics of interaction amongst people in work, play, life, and love. Growing up, my mother would constantly echo that my favourite word was
Growing up as a Third Culture Kid, and having lived in South East Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Australia, the “whys” became more frequent and developed layers of complexity embedded with science, culture, and philosophy.
To nobody’s surprise, l set forth to discover the "whys" of the world by studying Psychology in Australia.
My career in the field of psychology began in 2009, in Singapore, when I trained under Autism Partnership in Applied Behavioural Therapy (ABA), in order to work with individuals with autism and Aspergers’.
I then worked in the social sector as a Caseworker, and a Counsellor in a juvenile home for boys.
I was then employed as a trainer where I would develop and run mandated resilience-building programs for primary and secondary schools in Singapore. In addition to that, I had also trained various professionals in healthcare, education, and mental health. I did this in conjunction with known Australian children psychologists, and Restorative Practices pioneers.
This encouraged me to pursue my training and further my education in the field whilst temporarily working as a teacher. During this time, I became a senior teacher and my role expanded to student and academic counselling.
I then resumed my postgraduate studies, which led me to a 6-month placement in a primary school in Singapore as a School Counsellor, followed by another placement in a hospice, training in End-Of-Life counselling.
In 2016, I developed Road to Recovery as an online counselling platform aiming to reach out to the wider population in need of support, such as those facing financial, sociocultural, and geographical barriers, without compromising on confidentiality and expertise.
In order to equip myself better, and up skill, I continued pursuing further education and training in professional counselling. This led me to another year long placement in the
University of Queensland as a Student Counsellor.
After which, I spent 16 months working with refugees at Melaleuca Refugee Centre in Darwin. My role as a torture and trauma counsellor gave me the opportunity to work in a humanitarian space. I also had to the opportunity be trained in trauma-informed psychotherapy, as well as to train other professionals in social services and healthcare working with individuals inflicted by trauma.
Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with a vast variety of presentations such as trauma, grief and loss, bereavement, end-of-life spiritual care, depression, anxiety, body image, eating disorders, behavioural therapy, work-related matters, domestic violence, and more.
My passion in this field has grown over the years, and I have now embarked on a journey as a researcher at the University of Queensland. My dissertation aims to understand the spiritual experiences of individuals in the face of anticipatory grief, in this unique transcultural tapestry of Australia.
"It is this spiritual freedom—which cannot be taken away—that makes life meaningful and purposeful.”
- Viktor Frankl
2019 - 2023 • Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Queensland
2016 - 2018 • Master of Counselling
The University of Queensland
2014 - 2015 • Graduate Diploma Professional Counselling
Swinburne University (ECTA)
2009 • ABA Therapy
Autism Partnership, Singapore
2006 - 2008 • BA. Psych & Management / Marketing
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Professional Membership and Registration
I am registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA),
and am bound by the ACA Code of Ethics and Practice