Master of Arts in Counselling I Post Graduate Diploma in Education (NIE) I Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Narrative Therapy (NT)
"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Stress & Anxiety
Children with Behavioural Issues
Prior to her counselling career, Tabitha was a full-time MOE teacher at a local secondary school. Her teaching experiences enable her strong attunement to the reality of challenges faced by parents and teens today. Tabitha has extensive experience counselling youths from local secondary school as well as a social service agency serving at-risk youths in Singapore. She has helped clients who are struggling with depression and suicidal ideation; relationship issues; bullying & low academic motivation issues.
Tabitha adopts a person-centred counselling approach, and also draws upon other counselling modalities such as Psychodynamics and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in her therapy work with her clients. She believes in the importance of empowering her clients to discover solutions to the problems they are facing. She views each client as unique and different individuals and is willing to adapt her counselling approach according to the goals of her clients. She also believes in providing empathy and unconditional positive regard for the client to provide a safe space for her clients to heal and grow. In her free time, Tabitha enjoys reading good books over a cup of tea. She treasures time spent with her husband chatting about anything under the sun, not forgetting spending time with her son playing board games and building blocks.
Successful Client Stories
One of Tabitha's clients was a female adolescent with low self-esteem, facing interpersonal relationship challenges with her peers. Tabitha helped the client through the use of art and therapeutic letter writing as a form of expressive therapy to help her express herself better. After 15 sessions, her client became more aware of her unhelpful defence mechanism of over-rationalizing. With new personal insights into the impact of family on her interpersonal relationships, she grew to be more connected with her emotions and learns to better express her feelings.
Another client that Tabitha had helped was a male adolescent with depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation. During the initial stage of counselling, she focused on creating a place of safety and trust for her client. Subsequently, through the use of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Tabitha helped her client to identify and dispute his negative automated thoughts, gained awareness of the root causes of these negative thoughts patterns and equipped him with practical skills to communicate better with his parents. After 20 sessions of counselling, her client was no longer exhibiting depressive symptoms and his mood has improved significantly; his relationship with his parents has improved as well.
Master of Arts in Counselling