Dr. Tam has participated in clinical psychological practice and education for 40 years at hospital and tertiary education institutions in Canada, Taiwan, America and Hong Kong. He is also a Christian counsellor who has helped Christians to face their unique pressure in life.
He also contributed to the development of student affairs locally via the Hong Kong Student Services Association and abroad via the Asia Pacific Student Services Association.
Dr. Tam also directed the Student Counseling and Career Service and Student Development Center of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for 15 years, cooperating closely with the other sections of Student Affairs Office, and other
departments or offices. During his service in HKUST, he established and expanded the signature Confluence career education and personal development.
Dr. Tam has provided leadership for Hong Kong psychologists and counsellors for 30 years and was the Presidents of Hong Kong Psychological Society and Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association where he made a significant contribution in promoting professional recognition of Hong Kong counsellor.
Dr. Tam's approach is a dynamic combination of cognitive behaviour therapy and person centred counselling. The former emphasises the close interaction among thought, emotion and behaviour. The latter values the dignity, responsibility and actualisation of a person. Motivation and cooperation of the counsellee is an important contributor to favourable counselling outcome.