Copyright © 2019 Catalyst Connection

Pioneering Integrative Mental Health in Asia



Tricia HT Tan

Integrative Mental Health Coach & Intuitive Healer

Previously from the public education and health sector, Tricia has more than 20 years’ teaching, counselling and coaching experience with youths and parents from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. 


She worked on multi-agency mental health programmes and also served as volunteer mentor at the Singapore Boys’ Home and Girls’ Homes. 

Diagnosed with depression in 2006 and bipolar disorder with psychosis in 2011, Tricia lost her life savings, marriage and family in the most intense phases of her crises.


She made remarkable recovery in less than 2 years after she took charge of her life conditions and practised integrative mental healthcare techniques


Trained in the United States, Tricia learned that that her mental health crises are not breakdowns but breakthroughs. She now teaches the concept of Spiritual Emergency - an inner transformation and growth journey, which is a framework developed by Dr. Stanislav Grof, a Czech psychiatrist. It is a concept new to Asia but not to be confused with religiosity.


Through her own crisis turned transformation, Tricia discovered her true life purpose. 

As Asia’s first certified Spiritual Emergence Coach®  and Gallup Strengths Coach® , Tricia uses her lived experience to help others on their recovery, transformation and growth journey and is a much valued and sought after resource in her clients’ recovery journey and search for their highest purpose in life. 


Tricia now lives out her renewed life purpose through Catalyst Connection and has never been happier. 


She firmly believes that with

  • informed choices,

  • deep meaningful relationships, and

  • appropriate support,


every individual has the innate ability to 


  • HEAL from within,

  • be LIBERATED to live true to themselves, and

  • be EMPOWERED to lead a quality life of immense meaning and purpose like her.

Connection between Mental Health & Spirituality


Studies have shown that spirituality and mental health are closely connected. Spirituality is NOT about religion in itself but rather, it is about seeking and finding the meaning of one's existence and true life purpose. 


However, in the current healthcare system, these two worlds have yet to converge. As a result, there is so much potential in the area of health and healing that remain open to our exploration.


Catalyst Connection aims to bridge the connection between the two worlds of spirituality and mental health, thereby catalysing their convergence with the hope of alleviating the global mental health crisis.

A glimpse into Tricia's spiritual journey

Through her recovery journey, Tricia has been exposed to many different types of healing modalities ranging from medical intuition, chakras healing, sound healing, meditation, dance and movement, aromatherapy, colour therapy, faith healing etc. She currently practices her own unique blend of modalities and integrates them into her daily life.

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, a combination of Taoist and Buddhist practices played a significant role in Tricia's formative years, She also experienced the complexities of an extended family who were largely Christian.  Over the years, catalysed by her own mental health crises, she has dedicated substantial time studying Hinduism and Catholicism at a local temple and church. As a result, she has cultivated a keen sense of both the commonalities, differences and limitations of the various faiths as practised in Singapore. 

Therefore, what Tricia offers is a unique coaching and training approach that responses to the need to acknowledge and develop spirituality as a critical aspect of mental health yet without the rigid and authoritarian precepts that come with the traditional ways of practising religion.



Catalyst Connection was founded out of a real social need and service gap that is currently not addressed in the mental health care system. As a lived experiencer of mental health crises herself, Tricia was once a "victim" of this gap.


What is the gap?


Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia are seen as disorders and the more severe ones are deemed to be incurable. People diagnosed with such disorders are often subjected to a lifetime of pharmaceutical drugs to manage the symptoms. 


The predominant approach to managing mental health issues is the biomedical, psychiatric, chemical imbalance  model. With this model, despite global governments’ increased investments on mental health care, the rate of people inflicted with mental health issues have not reduced significantly. In fact, the number of suicides across all age groups has increased all over the world. Evidently, using this disease model to managing mental health issues is limited in its effectiveness. 


This model has caused many individuals to believe that they are sick in the head and not as worthy or complete as a person, thus robbing them of their dignity and personal power. In addition to a lifetime reliance on psychiatric drugs, mental health patients are subjected to society-wide stigmatization. They face immense challenges in finding and sustaining employment, maintaining healthy relationships and enjoying quality of life.



What can be done to improve the situation?


There needs to be an strengths-based and integrative approach to managing mental health issues. Instead of viewing and treating them as disorders, they should be seen as critical transformational process of human development in which individuals can heal, learn and grow from their psychological crises.


With appropriate support that integrates the mental, emotional, social, physical and more importantly, the spiritual domains, persons with mental health issues can function at a more productive and  purposeful level than before, allowing them to contribute meaningfully to their families, communities and society at large.


 A world of truly authentic people thriving in deeply connected communities,

 in service to humanity with their individual and collective gifts. 


  1. Provide different perspectives to mental health conditions

  2. De-stigmatise mental illness through open and authentic conversations

  3. Advocate integrative mental healthcare