Master of Arts in Counselling I Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I Accredited Facilitator for Prepare-Enrich Couple Assessment Tool
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
~ Barack Obama
Stress & Anxiety
Grief & Loss
Mental Health Concerns
Helen previously worked as a counsellor in a non-profit counselling centre for youths and young adults and a residential care home with psychiatric and geriatric programs. Her years of experience as a counsellor in different settings have honed her counselling skills, where she can cater her therapeutic approach accordingly to clients of differing ages, demographics, and life stages. Prior to her counselling work, Helen used to volunteer as a small group leader for many years. Hence, she had the opportunity to journey with individuals going through difficult seasons of their lives. Helen recognized the limitations of the help she could render. With this desire to help others, she took the counselling course to equip herself with the relevant skills and knowledge to reach out to others.
Helen adopts a person-centred counselling approach and is able to integrate other counselling perspectives and techniques from modalities such as narrative therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. She provides a respectful and non-judgemental presence and is willing to listen with humility and learn from her clients the uniqueness of their challenges. She believes building a trusting counsellor-client relationship is crucial in the counselling process. Helen describes counselling as a pit-stop for the racer to be refuelled, re-tyred, repaired, and even the replacement of the driver before the race can resume safety to reach the destination. For leisure and pleasure, Helen plays sudoku and rummy games. She enjoys watching K-drama and loves independent travel to exotic countries with her family.
Successful Client Stories
One of Helen's clients was a female young adult struggling with a break-up from a romantic relationship. Despite having supportive family and friends, her client found it challenging to share with them her struggles. She was feeling depressed and was confused that the relationship loss was causing so much emotional pain and guilt. Helen used journaling and Narrative Therapy during the initial stage of counselling to help her client in her grieving from the lost relationship. During the later stage of therapy, she tapped on the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help her client work through her acceptance, as well as her reorganization and integration into normal life. After 10 sessions, her client was able to acknowledge and identify her losses and was able to gain better awareness and understanding of her emotions.
Another of Helen's clients was a female adult who was mildly depressed and had separation anxiety from her parent. Through role-play and routine practices on assertiveness and setting boundaries, Helen was able to help her client individuate and grow in her independence. Helen also engaged her family members in therapy sessions to support her client in working at her counselling goal. At the end of the counselling process, her client had made progress in expressing her personal choices. She is better able to forge new relationships with others and is able to participate in activities independently.
Master of Arts in Counselling