Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Get to know me

Dr Douglas Kong

MBBS(S’pore), BD(Hons)(Lond), BCETS(USA), CEC(USA)
Performance and Business Coach

I believe in Excellence, Personal Excellence and Business Excellence.

As a fresh graduate, influenced by Tom Peters, I embraced excellence as my life vision and mission. When I engaged with you to improve your performance or your business, I shall be doing my very best to get you achieve what you want in the shortest time possible. That’s how I got up to 70% of my patients to recover completely.

As a stress management specialist when I helped CEOs, Executives and Business owners, besides working to help them with their stress, I dived deep into the causes of their stress which was often the way they run their organization and their business. That’s how I was exposed to management and leadership concepts as applied to real businesses.

I was certified as an Executive Coach and a Master Certified Coach Trainer(MCCT) by the Center for Executive Coaching, USA and a Master Life Coach by Transformation Academy. As a psychiatrist, I have a strong interest in the Neurosciences, Psychoanalysis, Group Dynamics, Developmental psychology and Stress Management. I am trained in Strategic Leadership Strategic Leadership and Management, Strategic Planning and Execution, Entrepreneurial Strategic Management, Scaling Operation, Organizational Leadership, Value Chain Management and Business Analysis. I am ACTA certified.

My academic training started with a medical degree from the University of Singapore, followed by postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, UK. Returning to Singapore in 1982, I was lecturer at the National University of Singapore where my academic research was in stress and stress related illnesses, child psychiatry and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I have several publications on these topics in local and international journals. 

I was in private practice from 1988 to 2012 at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, where I collaborated with colleagues in a group practice dedicated to psychological treatment and psychological services. 

The practice had a corporate department that offered services to corporations such as stress management workshops, group facilitation for organization development, change management for companies in transition, emergency response for psychological trauma, employee assistance programs, and psychological assessments for career counseling and employee placements.

Dr Kong has considerable experience and expertise in:

  • Face-to-face clinical consultations 
  • Stress and relationship psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy for personality difficulties and adaptational needs
  • Coaching for adapting to transitions in work/family life

My previous experiences in conducting Workshops/Groups include the following:

  • Stress management workshops
  • Anger management workshops
  • Organization roles and relationships for organizational effectiveness
  • Critical incidents management for organizations facing traumatic stress
  • Health awareness and healthy lifestyle workshops
  • Weight management programs
  • Workshop on interpersonal skills problem-solving 
  • Child management skills enhancement groups for parents
  • Workshop on Object Relations and Attachment Theory in Psychotherapy
  • Workshop on Introduction to Psychotherapy – an Object Relations approach
  • Workshop on Introduction to Child Group Psychotherapy
  • Workshop on Introduction to Child Psychotherapy
  • Workshop on Cultural issues in psychotherapy and Group Psychotherapy
  • Workshop on introduction to psychodynamic Group psychotherapy
  • Supervision of psychodynamic and group psychotherapy training
  • Supervision of child psychotherapy training
  • Lead and conduct group sensitivity training for psychologists and mental health professionals

I am the author of the following books:

  1. Conquering Panic Attacks.  Partridge, 2016
  2. Conquering Stress: Make it Fun! Partridge, 2019
  3. How to Grow Your Business and Double Its Value in 2 Years (available as an ebook on
  4. Conquering Negativity: The Mindset for Success. Partridge, 2020 (forthcoming)

Throughout his life Dr Kong has been active in NGOs as a volunteer advocating for family and social issues. He is currently President of the Rotary Club of Novena He has mentored individuals in the psychological disciplines and currently mentoring others in business excellence and business growth.


Youtube channel: Optimal Zone Performance

Facebook page: Optimal Zone Performance

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Twitter: @optimalzp

Instagram channel: douglaskong.optimalzp