I'm Winnie

A clinical psychologist specialising in
Autism Spectrum Disorders.

“Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.” - Gilbert K. Chesterton

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What is ASD?

  • ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Here are some common presentations of ASD in children and adults, especially those who have an average or high IQ.

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  • Socially interested but lacks social tact
  • Thinks in ‘black and white’
  • Literal
  • Has a ‘one-track’ mind
  • Adheres strictly to routine
  • Is hypersensitive or hyposensitive to touch/noises/lights/food
  • Has extraordinary memory for facts
  • Takes an obsessive approach to work and interests
  • Shows extreme emotional reactions
  • Is caring but has unconventional ways of showing empathy
  • Nonconforming to social norms
  • Poor planning, organising and prioritising skills
  • A remarkable attention to detail but tends to miss the ‘big picture’

About Winnie

I was born and raised in Malaysia, in a town named Kuching (aka The Cat City) and I started learning about human psychology at a young age from growing up in a traditional Chinese family of 47 members.

In 1999, I discovered autism through someone who had undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome and was immediately intrigued. Four years later at a psychology conference in New Zealand, I met with Professor Tony Attwood and raised my interest about autism with him. He later took me on as his protégé (Tony’s words).

My clinical skills with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) focussed in 2005 when I commenced work with Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. I now enjoy being a psychotherapist, diagnostician, consultant, advocate, clinical supervisor, mentor and presenter in the field. Through these roles, I have had opportunities to work with and learn from thousands of individuals with ASD aged from below one to eighty years!

In addition to my clinical work, I am pioneering research on parenthood and couplehood of adults with ASD.

In recent years, I have been invited to speak and conduct training in various countries to promote knowledge and attitude towards ASD. Being fluent in both English and Mandarin, many countries have effectively benefitted from my presentations.

In my free time I enjoy painting, singing, cooking, decorating, swimming and hibernating. My favourite activity, however, is being silly with my little nephews and nieces.


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Professor Tony Attwood’s Clinic
4 Spry Court PETRIE QLD 4502
Ph: (07) 3285 7888

Bay Terrace Specialist Centre
155 Bay Terrace WYNNUM QLD 4178
Ph: (07) 3893 1244

From Feb 2017, Winnie offers appointments at these clinics:

Foundation Counselling Centre
Shop 7/521 Beams Rd CARSELDINE Qld 4034
Ph: (07) 3263 9132

Axis Clinic
Level 1, 119 Lamington Street NEW FARM QLD 4005
Ph: (07) 3254 0333

Please feel free to email me.