Wellness Resources

Various resources collated from the generous share of many over the pandemic. Blogs, Apps, Podcasts, talks and Mental Health providers available in Jakarta and on zoom from abroad. 

Useful self help websites


Geared towards Children and teens but still some very usable advice.

The Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges, and make a successful transition to adulthood.

CCI Health. an Australian mental health service that has lots of information on various mental health problems available to the general public.
Including Eating disorders handouts from CCI

Beyond Blue is a large Australian organisation has lots of mental health information for the general public.

One of the leading providers of specialist support for young people on the journey towards better mental health in Australia. Helping to change the lives of young people for the better. A lot of information especially about anxiety.

Specific issue based Websites

Website of  a leading addiction treatment support & rehab provider in the UK. Also incudes Eating Disorders.

Learn about eating problems, including possible causes, symptoms and how to access treatment and support. Includes self-care tips for helping yourself, plus guidance for friends and family. UK based.

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of people whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for member is a desire for health.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of people who grew up in dysfunctional homes.

Website to raise awareness of the effects of sending children away to school, provide therapeutic help for adult ex- boarders and inform and train the therapy profession


Australian Psychologist Chris Mackey.
https://www.chrismackey.com.au/resources also amazing for self care on a number of issues.

P2Be blogs. A children’s mental health charity based in the UK.

Sasja Breit MSC Dutch Psychologist in Jakarta. Blogs written in response to the challenges faced by the community in Jakarta, during Covid and onward.

Addiction and eating disorders blog from a leading addiction treatment support & rehab provider in the UK.

Jamie Edelbrock: Award-winning Children’s Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Children’s Mental Health.


Teenagers Untangled is an audio hug of advice and support for parents going through the teenage years, made by two mums with a background in coaching.

Various topics covered from Australian psychologist Chris Mackey and his son in some excellent Podcasts.

Fabulous Irish Child Psychologist Mary O’Kane. Author of Perfectly Imperfect Parenting.

7 weekly blogs written about Covid in Jakarta by Psychologist Sasja Breit in Pondok Indah. Each week had a different focus based around questions and concerns of the community. A very kind share for the community here in Jakarta.

Wonderful Podcasts all things parenting .

Weekly newsletter sharing valuable information and resources to help you support your child. Information to help you continue to grow, nurture and strengthen your connection with your child, while providing valuable tips for helping you support your child’s development.


Fabulous talk about emotional first aid by Guy Winch.

School refusal from Chris Mackey clinic in Australia.

A difficult but necessary talk to have in case; again by Chris Mackey.

The 3 talks for the community by Sasja Breit  MSC Dutch Psychologist in Podok Indah. Entirely done to help the community in Jakarta.
1. https://www.chrismackey.com.au/video/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-suicide/ coping with Covid.
2. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H-zdWKpg03Q&feature=youtu.be Pandemic Fatigue.
3. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hm_P4phuQoU Importance of connecting.

TED talk on anorexia. Life’s Too Short to Weigh Your Cornflakes. Compellingly told by recovering anorexic Catherine Pawley.

Guided Meditation

You can sign up for a weekly guided meditation.


Courses and resources

Superb ebook on mindfulness. Download it here.

Useful Apps

Developed by the BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness, along with young people, this free app provides ways to get started with mindfulness.

Calm is an app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Use to lower anxiety, relieve stress, sleep better and refocus your attention. Guided meditation, Sleep stories and music.

A meditation app with a free library of more than 130k guided meditations, 14k teachers & the world’s most loved meditation Timer.

A global community of mindfulness practice centers and monasteries offering retreats and teachings on engaged Buddhism and the art of mindful living.

The new MindShift™ CBT app provides resources to help manage anxiety, including healthier thinking, a chill out zone, and taking action.

Aimed mainly for people aged between 12-25 years. Headspace provides a range of services to improve your health and wellbeing. Covering four core areas: mental health and wellbeing, physical and sexual health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.

Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.

Avenues to search for Mental health professionals available via Zoom/On line

Although these are UK based, the pandemic has opened up Zoom therapy so it is more accessible and many professionals have the means to offer this to overseas clients:) There are many clinics and individuals available in Singapore. They also accept Zoom clients.

Championing psychology since 1901, we represent and promote psychology, psychologists and the wider psychological professions. Our membership is diverse, but we all share a passion for psychology and the impact it has on individuals and society.

The British Association for Counseling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organization and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.

In the UK. Counseling Directory.

UKCP for psychotherapy.

Holistic Specialists in Jakarta

Pooja Thawani
Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Yoga & Qigong teacher, Eating Disorder Recovery Guide
Email: pooja.thawani@hotmail.com – Whatsapp: +628176334413
IG: https://www.instagram.com/poojathawani/

Pooja came to Yoga & Ayurveda, and then Qigong, through her own journey of over-coming a 15 year long eating disorder. Through these ancient wisdom traditions, she discovered that physical health & vitality (and mental clarity!) stems from bringing the digestive fire (or what’s called Agni in Ayurveda) back to balance, aligning ourselves closer to the rhythms of nature, slowing down and connecting back to that inherent wisdom that exists within each and every one of us.

Pooja is passionate about bringing together these ancient wisdoms in a way that is fun, simple and accessible in our modern times. She currently focuses her work around helping people find ease & freedom in their bodies, and in improving their relationship with food, through practices that strengthen the mind & regulate the nervous system.

Personal Training

Diogo +62 811 1775 071. Also attends Physioactive Clinic Darmawansga Square.

Ajay  + 62 896 6276 4219 Boxing, muaythai and fitness.


Jeffrey Rachman – appointments through https://jeffreyrachman.appointy.com

Yudhi Gejali – https://booking.appointy.com/en-US/yudhigejali/bookings/service

Both practice Japanese Acupuncture which uses really fine tiny needles so it’s not painful at all! It’s safe even for children and pregnant women – they have specific programs for prenatal also. Both of them are fluent in English.


Eresa + 62 85810106068. Hatha, kids, pre and post natal all levels. Registered with Yoga Alliance 500hrs w/ more than 3,000 hrs teaching experience. Both online and teaches BWA house on Thursday morning 9:30-11.

Mental Health Providers in Jakarta

Please note these are not personal recommendations but a list of providers I have spoken with in Jakarta. Please do your own research. Sasja Briet has a number of talks and Podcasts on this document you can view as a first feel. Contact the others for more information.

Sasja Breit Msc.
Clinical psychologist; business & organizational psychologist.
Director of Pondok Indah International Counseling
Tel. WA: 087885322905.
Email: sasja@piinternationalcounseling.com
Website: https://piinternationalcounseling.com/

Mrs Maizan Dianati S.Psi, MSc is available at Good Practice
Maizan is a graduate from Nottingham University. She has worked in the United Kingdom for a few years with children, adolescents and adults. She specialises in CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy.
She is available most days in our Good Practice clinic. Appointments need to be prebooked.
021 7183140 or info@goodpractice.co.id

Doreen Biehle, MSSW, LISW (she/her)
US Licensed Clinical Social Worker
+62 812 905 4256

Mental health professionals available via Zoom/On line

Many clinics and providers offer a 20 minute free consultation. This gives you a brief idea of how they work and if they are a good fit for you. The following are not personal recommendations; it is important to do your own research. 
Also bear in mind many insurance providers have their own requirements in order to cover treatment. With BUPA this includes needing the provider to be a psychiatrist/psychologist/psychotherapist (they do not cover counselors). As well as a “fair and reasonable rate”.

Justine Brooks.
Justine is a UK based, BACP registered psychotherapist working with a range of loss, bereavement and trauma related issues including loss through moving countries or divorce and boarding school syndrome. www.justinebrooks.co.uk

Alliance Counselling
Alliance Counselling is a team of 30 multilingual counsellors and psychologists. We provide professional support and guidance to men, women, couples, parents-to-be, children, teenagers and families. Alliance also offers educational institutions partnering, clinical supervision, corporate workshops and psychological assessments.
Based in Singapore since 2009, our clients trust our professional therapists who take a genuine interest in their clients’ concerns. We provide our clients with the tools and skills to cope with life’s challenges in each stage of their life.
Our goal is to assign the right therapist for each client so they feel comfortable and able to pause in a peaceful and safe environment. Alliance Counselling has supported clients from 60 different cultures. We speak English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Hindi and Dutch.
Our offices are located :
501 Bukit Timah Road, #04-03 & 03-02, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760. We are available from 8am to 8pm on weekdays, from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 4pm on Sundays either at Alliance’s office or online.
121 Upper East Coast Road, #02-01, Singapore 455245. We are available from 9am to 8pm on weekdays and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays (not opened on Sundays) either at Alliance’s office or online.
Phone: +65 6466 8120
admin@alliancecounselling.com.sg, www.alliancecounselling.com.sg

The Truman Group
The Truman Group provides high quality remote psychotherapy and mental health consultation to expatriates living around the world. We work with individuals, couples, families and children in regions of the world that have few local English-speaking resources available for mental health.
Most of our providers have either lived overseas themselves or have extensive experience treating people who have lived and worked internationally. In short, we understand both the joys and demands that accompany living in a foreign country and culture.

Dr. Ulrike Schmueser
Ulrike is a German psychologist and psychotherapist who has lived and worked on 4 continents. She has been working remotely with patients worldwide in English and German for many years. Recently she relocated back to Hamburg, Germany from New York, after seven years in Nigeria.

Dr. Brian J. Benjamin, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Benjamin is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and a Registered Psychologist in Singapore specializing in child and adolescent psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Dr. Benjamin also provides depth psychotherapy to adults and couples. For more information on Dr. Benjamin’s work please visit https://benjaminpts.com/
Dr. Benjamin offers a complementary 20 minute phone consultation. To engage him please email him directly at drbrian@benjaminpts.com

Nikki Osborne
Offers free consultation for one to one online Lifecoaching sessions. She also created a personalised online guide called “Stepping into Parenthood” designed to lessen the overwhelm of daily life.

Doctors and Hospitals in Jakarta

SOS Cipete – 24 hours care, Home visits

Good Practice

Pondok Indah Hospital

Siloam Hospital

Medistra Hospital

Crisis Helpline

There are some available in Jakarta. I have not heard of anyone’s experience using them so your discretion is needed.  Can be set to your home country for more familiar providers.


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