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About Riverlife Psychology

Riverlife Psychology is founded by Dr Matthew Woo and specialises in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) therapy.

Riverlife Psychology also uses CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to enhance the application of positive thinking and coping strategies in the application to problems related to mental health.

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Dr Matthew Woo

Dr Matthew Woo is the principal consultant clinical psychologist and director of Riverlife Psychology. He was formerly in the employment of the Institute of Mental Health for 19 years and held the position of Senior Principal Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Head of the Department of Psychology. He is the recipient of two Health Manpower Development Program fellowship awards for Community Psychiatry (Los Angeles and Chicago, in 2003) and Sex Offender Interventions (Portland, in 2010). 

Dr Matthew has been featured for his work with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in the local media that has included the Straits Times, Lianhe Wanbao, Lianhe Zaobao. He has been published widely in many international journals and continues to lecture as an adjunct associate professor with the local universities.

Dr Matthew has also been featured on Channel News Asia (CNA) on Sunday 27 March at 9.00pm about what he does with EMDR; the telecast of the episode is titled "Wired Differently" and produced onsite at Core Collective Anson.

View the clips of Dr Matthew:

1: Background History on the Fear of Holes

2: Introduction to EMDR

3: Third EMDR Session

4: Cancelling EMDR Appointment

5: Better Understanding of EMDR

6: Heart to Heart

7: Final EMDR Session

8: Tangible Improvements with EMDR

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr Matthew can help you reach your goals and improve the quality of your life and relationships. He provides a safe space to explore issues and provides an expert's perspective on the sequences of behaviour and patterns at play in your life. If you tend to have a negative outlook, don't expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually, your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you.

When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you're better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking. If you're tired of feeling out of control; if you're ready for something better, then now is the time to take control of your life. It's time to achieve your goals so you can flourish and thrive.

Dr Matthew is the founder president of EMDR Singapore in 2010-2012 and has been a facilitator with the EMDR Institute since 2011. He has also undertaken the Basic and Masters Level Training for EMDR therapy from 2007-2012 and is the President of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) Asia, an organisation that upholds the standards and training of EMDR therapy across Asia. He continues to teach at the National University of Singapore on the Psychotherapy program as an Adjunct A/Prof.


Eugene Chong

Eugene is an adjunct lecturer at various schools which offer approved psychology and counselling training programmes, from Diploma to Masters Levels.

Eugene has extensive experience in working with youth with mental health needs in psychiatric rehabilitation and educational institutions. Eugene also worked in clinical settings in hospitals and rehabilitation centres provides clinical counselling and group therapy for patients with Schizophrenia, Depression & Anxiety disorders. He uses an array of psychometric tools to assess the functionality of an individual. His therapeutic approach mainly revolves around post-modern concepts, brief work with clients through the theories of SFBT and CTRT. Other approaches like Schema therapy, EMDR, and Erkisonian Hypnosis were used appropriately.

He provides two certification courses for participants who are keen on personality and marital issues, as a seminar director for Prepare/Enrich Accreditation, a psychometric instrument for couples and T-JTA trainer for couples’ personality profiling. In couples counselling, he utilized the Gottman approach in the intervention.

Besides the clinical aspects, he was involved as one of the pioneers in the setup of the Hope counselling services under Hope Centre (Singapore).

In addition, he is also the founding member/committee member for the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and the ex-board member of Family Life First (FLF). He is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), International Member of Australia Counselling Association (ACA) & APACS-L4S. He is also a registered supervisor with ACA & APACS.

What Customers Say


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"EMDR has helped me conquer my issues with anxiety, confidence and self-esteem. Especially with going to work and coping with the after effects of my illness; I am looking forward to going back to work and making the best of adversity."

Client of Dr Matthew


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"Sessions with Dr Matthew have really helped me to calm down during moments of trigger, and in a more tangible way. Even when I am stressed, I am sleeping better now, and the effect is noticeable by other people. My colleagues and bosses can see the effect on me."

Client of Dr Matthew