Our Therapist

Shan Yao, Therapist

Mr Lew Shan Yao

Psychotherapist / Enneagram Coach

Shan Yao possesses close to a decade of clinical expertise as a social worker, specializing in diverse emotional and mental health concerns such as addiction, marital and family conflicts, and trauma. With training in various therapy framework, he integrates the use of these modalities in his therapy work to cater to client’s needs and issues. 

Beyond therapy, Shan Yao dives into growth and self-awareness. He is actively engaged in using the Enneagram personality framework in his personal journey and coaching to individuals. As a coach, Shan Yao has been certified as an Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner with Integrative Enneagram Solutions


  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Structural family therapy
  • Enneagram Coaching

Life is like a ball of strings. At some point we get entangled, cut-off, form dead knots or even pulled in different directions. My role in therapy is to be with you at your emotional entanglement and make sense of your mental knots. I believe we are experts of ourselves and I am passionate to draw out the strength that you have to support you in forming healthy meaning for healing. As a coach, I will journey with you in exploring inwards and navigate the depths of your growth to see you thrive. 

Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner with Integrative Enneagram Solutions
Allied Member
with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Master of Social Work (Couple and Family Therapy) with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
Bachelor of Psychology with James Cook University (JCU)

What our clients say…

“Safe Expanse goes beyond standard therapy by incorporating emotional wellness coaching in their sessions. I was intrigued to have discovered behaviours, traits and patterns that were previously obscured to me through the sessions.My coach, Shan Yao, is well versed in retrospective inquiry, highly inquisitive and empathetic from multiple viewpoints. Above all, he truly listens. It’s a positive indicator when each session is concluded with better balanced perspectives and a hopeful outlook. Thank you coach!”

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Your journey to wellness begins here…

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