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Dr Azizah Abdullah (Kb.Pa)
(Licensed Counsellor, Malaysia)

  • International Art Therapy Expert and Author

  • Founder of Person-Centred Creative Practice Asia (PCCP ASIA)

  • Founder for Professional Certification Expressive Arts Therapy (CEXAT) Level 1 & Level 2

Current Position:

  • Fulltime- Senior Lecturer at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) specialisation in counselling psychology, creative-expressive arts and play therapy.

  • Parttime- Consultant Educator/Trainer, PCCP Training & Consultancy.

  • Registered Counsellor with Malaysian Board of Counsellor, Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development Malaysia

Currently working closely with representative from Brunei to develop a Lifelong Learning Certification (LLLC) , focusing on Creative Coaching Facilitation                                                  ( Creative Arts & Play Therapy)

Academic Background

  • PhD- Expressive Arts in Counselling (Univ. of Strathclyde, United Kingdom)                   

Engagements & Attachments in arts & play therapy at various centres/agencies/organisations in Scotland , Wales, England ( UK) & USA.

  • Master Science-Counselling (Universiti Utara Malaysia)                                                         


  1. Marriage & Family Counselling (State Islamic Religious Department, Alor Setar, Kedah)         

  2. Gerontology Counselling ( Pondok Moden, Al Bukhary Foundation, Alor Setar, Kedah)               

  3. Adolescent Counselling ( Mara Junior Science College, Transkrian, Penang).

  • Bac. Edu (Hons)-Guidance & Counselling (Universiti Pertanian Malaysia)                             

Internship: Secondary School, Merlimau, Melaka

  • Diploma-Animal Health (Universiti Pertanian Malaysia)                                                      

Internship at Guthrie Group Bhd, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.


PhD`s Experiences

Dr Azizah Abdullah graduated with PhD from School of Psychological Sciences & Health, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, specialisation in Creative Arts & Play Therapy with children and young people. Her work were supervised by Professors from UK & USA, and evaluated (Viva`s voce)  by Professors from Germany & Italy. 


"My PhD’s journey is not an easy chapter in my life. I went through the rocky road less travelled by others, with tremendous challenges along the way, beyond my imagination. However, with strong supports from both my supervisors, study buddies and friends, center for students' enhancement support's that facilitated me during the process, similar to the way Carl Rogers emphasised, and with God bless, I encountered wonderful learning experiences, delightful outcomes for my personal & professional movements.


Open to new experiences, meeting diverse people from different walk of life, with opportunities to travel to many amazing places, had refine my perspective of my existence. We shape ourselves towards whoever we want to be, we create our own voyage with strong determination and internal motivation, and we choose our own path, even less travelled by others, as we know what's the best for our destiny. The most important thing is to always be strong enough to survive, and continue to climb to the summit of success, defined by one's self."     


"My PhD’s research was supervised by Prof. Mick Cooper-1st Supervisor (currently, a Professor of Counselling Psychology at University of Roehampton, London, UK). Prof. Cooper is an internationally recognized authority in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Chartered Psychologist, and facilitated workshops and lectures around the world. He is a Fellow for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Associate Fellow - British Psychological Society (BPS)/Full member- Division of Counselling Psychology, BPS, Member-Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32, APA) & few other. His main area of research interest has been school-based counselling, and he is currently seconded as the National Advisor for Counselling for the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme by the Department of Health, England. He was the recipient of the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association (APA)."


"I also was supervised by Prof. Robert Elliot-2nd Supervisor, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Toledo, USA (currently, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde, UK), and a psychotherapy research methodologist. He held faculty positions at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), York University (Canada), University of Sheffield (UK), and La Trobe University (Australia). He served as President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (2000-2001), currently a Fellow in the Divisions of i) Psychotherapy, ii) Clinical Psychology, and iii) Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). Prof. Elliott received the Carl Rogers Award for Contributions to Humanistic Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA), as well as the Distinguished Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).


 In addition, my research`s was supported by Dr Brian Rodgers, former researcher at University of Strathclyde, UK (currently a senior lecturer at University of Auckland, New Zealand). He assisted me establish my own creative voice that forms personalized creative practices-in a person centered way."


"My thesis was evaluated by Professor Michael Behr-1st Examiner, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Prof. Behr is the Director of the Person-Centred Play Therapy training course at the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd and at the Stuttgart Institute for Person-Centred Therapy and Counselling, both in Germany.


My 2nd examiner, Dr Lucia Berdondini from Italy, a Gestalt and Person-Centred Psychotherapist and Supervisor, have been working in this field for more than twenty years both in UK and in Italy. Currently she is Associate Professor in Psychology at University of East London, United Kingdom.

During my PhD`s journey, I engaged with 40 Arts & Play Therapists/Practitioners in the UK and USA, whereby some of them offered me with experiential learning in variety of Creative Therapies at their private therapy room across UK (Scotland, England & Wales). While in the UK, I attended several professional trainings in creative therapies with International key experts from UK, Belgium, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Brazil. I also benefitted from direct personal interaction with Dr Natalie Rogers, from USA, the pioneer in Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition, I also gained valuable experiences with residential training at Farm House Re-treat at Argyllshire (Historic County of West Scotland) and Norwich, East Anglia, England."


Advances Professional Training/Engagements/Attachments/Experiential Learning/Personal & Professional Development 

Professional Membership

  • International Affiliate Member, American Psychological Association (APA), USA

  • Member for :                                                                                                                                              

  • Division 1(General Psychology) 

  • Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology)

  • Division 8 (Personality & Social Psychology) 

  • Division 10 (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) 

  • Division 15 (Educational Psychology) 

  • Division 19 (Military Psychology)   

  • Division 35 (Psychology of Women)

  • Professional Member, International Expressive Art Therapy Association (IEATA), USA   Regional Co-Ordinator : Malaysia. 

  • Founding Member, International Institutional Review Board IRB for Research Ethics Hong Kong

  • Member, International Association of Creative Arts for Education and Therapy (IACAET) The Netherland. Country Contact : Malaysia.

  • Associate Member, European Federation of Art Therapy (EFAT), Belgium

  • Member, World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling  ( WAPCEPC)

  • Member, European Alliance for Innovation (EAI), Europe.

  • Professional Member, International Society for Substance Abuse Professional (ISSUP)

  • Executive Co-Chair, Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ACATA), Asian

  • President, Association for Creative Arts and Play Therapy Malaysia (ACAPTM) Malaysia

  • Life-Member, PERKAMA-International, Malaysia

  • Alumni, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

  • Alumni UK-British Council, United Kingdom

  • Past Member, Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)- European Chapter

  • Past Associate Member, Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK)

Testimonial Dr Azizah Abdullah: 

" Involvement in various international associations opens up opportunities for the acquisition of the latest knowledge and skills, from experts in specific fields, as well as findings from the latest studies, and strengthening networks around the world."

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