M.A. (Social work), George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

B.A. (Social work, Honors), National University of Singapore.

Michael is the founder of Tea Talk Vietnam.

He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing,  Couple Therapy, Brief Therapy, and Emotional Focused Therapy.

He has over 20 years of social work, counseling and community development experience. Michael experienced in counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds and nationalities including USA, China, UK, Singapore and Vietnam.  He believes that each and every person has a unique story to tell.  It is though the telling that meaning and healing follow.  In the 16 years that he has resided in Vietnam, Michael is able to breakdown many of the cross-cultural divisions and build invaluable bridges among the local and international communities.

Michael is married with a teenage daughter. His family’s life among the Vietnamese was featured in a documentary hosted by Belinda Lee called “Find Me a Singaporean”.

Watching “Find me a Singaporean” about Ong’s family




B.A (Social Work), University of Labour and Social Affairs, Hanoi.

Trang is the Director of CoRE.

She is trained in Suicide Prevention, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Child Abuse Prevention.

She has also served as a trainer & mentor at  “Let’s Talk” training courses.

She is married with a young son.




M.A. (Counseling), with honours, Alliance Graduate School, Manila. Graduated with top Academic Excellent Award.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis, National University of Singapore.

B.A. (Social Sciences), National University of Singapore.

Christine is the Counseling Program Director of CoRE.

She is a qualified counselor.  She is also trained in Transactional Analysis, Communication Skills, Suicide Intervention & Prevention and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

She does individual as well as couple counseling. She conducts marriage enhancement programs and workshops, facilitates small group discussions, organizes and conducts counseling workshops.   At CoRE, she has been overall in charge of the “Let’s Talk” and “Let’s Talk PLUS” training programs. She is a regular trainer and mentor for the “Let’s Talk” series.

She has also served as a Youth group coordinator and teacher.

From 1989 – present, Christine and her family have resided in five different countries in Asia. She has lived in Vietnam since 2008. Her regional exposure and more than 30 years of experience have given her an in-depth appreciation of and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.

Christine is married with 3 daughters. Her youngest is a teenager and studying in Hanoi.


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