Couples,Marriage & Relationship Counselling

Navigating through your relationship may be more complex than you expected. You may think that you know what you are doing, yet unexpected roadblocks may make you feel stuck in your relationship or end up in a toxic situation. It may even derail you and your partner from what’s important—being there for each other. Sometimes, what a couple—troubled or not—needs is help from a professional. Someone neutral who can open their minds to new ways to solve their relationship troubles and impart pieces of wisdom and knowledge that they never knew they needed.  Couples who are experiencing problems in their relationship may view counselling and therapy as a big step for them since it involves admitting that they do have troubles and their relationship is far from perfect. Meanwhile, some couples still seek counsellors and therapists to help them strengthen their relationships even though it’s not on the rocks.

Couple Counselling

Every couple goes through some sort of problem in a given phase in their relationship. Some may encounter it early in the relationship, while others experience it after years of being together. Regardless of the magnitude of the problem, it won’t hurt to start couples therapy or counselling early. Even if you don’t need to resolve anything yet, counsellors and therapists can help you equip yourselves with the necessary tools to confront future problems that may arise.

Unfortunately, some couples only seek professional help when their relationship is already on a lifeline. A number of couples deal with broken trust in their relationship. It may be due to infidelity, emotional affairs, or financial conflicts and deception. By creating a place where both parties can freely express their vulnerability, Couple Counselling sessions can help rebuild that foundation.

Some couples may start noticing that they are having more frequent arguments no matter how big or small the issue is. Counsellors can help couples discover the pattern that led to this increase. It may be because of underlying problems you have been avoiding in your relationship.

Poor communication is also one of the issues couples face in their relationship. A partner or both may feel like they are constantly ignored or misunderstood or they may be out of the loop about the emotions their partner is facing. One of the most notable results of undergoing couples counselling is better communication, and therapists can help you achieve that.

Marriage Counselling

There are a lot of implications that may occur if your marriage doesn’t work out. It may affect you and the people close to you psychologically, emotionally, and even financially. Those who end up getting a divorce tend to have decreased levels of happiness, emotional problems, and changes in their economic status. It can also affect a couple’s children. According to studies, children of divorced couples are more likely to encounter problems in their academics, behaviour, and psychological well-beings than children whose parents are still together. Filing for divorce also involves dealing with division of property and debt, children custody and visitation, child support, and alimony.

For some people, relationship counselling is just what they need to save their relationship. Meanwhile, others treat this as part of a lengthier process. Regardless, Relationship Counselling sessions are there to provide a safe, non-judgmental avenue to explore your relationship and behavioural patterns that may be affecting how you interact with each other.  Through this, In Focus counsellors can help couples identify issues, find their way through it, and become more mindful about their actions and decisions. This way, couples can understand each other better and improve their lives and relationships.

Contact us to book a consultation appointment with your partner now!

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ABOUT US

At In Focus, we empathize with our clients as they go through myriad of life’s problems, stresses and challenges which are overwhelming at times. As these happened to us too. The only difference is, it is our profession to help others overcome these life hurdles so as to live life to the fullest.

 

OUR SERVICES

We have a range of services available for your consideration depending on your needs. You can get in touch with us for coaching services, corporate consultation, professional training, counseling and psychotherapy services. Please visit our services page to see what we offer.

 

CONTACT US

Phone: +65 8725 9303

Email: enquiry@in-focus.com.sg

 

 

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Katina Halkas

Master of Guidance and Counselling (MGC)


Counselor


Katina holds a Masters degree in Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University (Singapore), and is a Provisional Clinical Member of the Singapore Association for Counsellors.  Katina has experience working with couples and individuals in both local and expatriate communities in Singapore and is also a volunteer counsellor at a women’s care centre.  She has worked with both men and woman dealing with a variety of emotional concerns including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger issues, self-harm, grief, as well as relationship/family issues and work-related stress.


Katina aims to create a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment for clients to explore any issues or concerns they are facing and uses a collaborative approach in helping clients identify goals and changes they want to make in their lives; and to reach a greater sense of self-awareness and wellbeing.


Katina has a strong commitment towards her ongoing professional development, attending regular supervision and taking part in training and workshops several times a year to broaden her knowledge and skills in counselling.


Katina has trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 & 2), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as well as Career Development and Transition Coaching.  She is currently working towards her certification in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory.


Katina is originally from South Africa and is also a Greek-Cypriot national.  She worked in executive recruitment (headhunting) while living in South Africa and later moved to the US for a number of years before relocating to Singapore.  She has lived here for over 13 years with her husband and has two teenage boys.

Chan Pei Lin

Master of Guidance and Counselling (MGC)

Counselor


Chan Pei Lin is a counsellor at In Focus Counselling & Therapy Service. Her areas of focus are counselling and coordinating workshops for children, youth and families.


She has more than seven years experience working with neuro-typical children. Pei Lin has also worked extensively with children with special needs, specifically autism and developmental delay. She, herself having been diagnosed with Sensory Integrative Disorder (Tactile Defensiveness) and dyslexia, she understands how crucial it is for the children and youth to develop a strong emotional foundation. She is aware that such support is currently lacking in Singapore. It is her passion to work with children that pushes her to pursue a career in counselling and specialize in children and youth.


Pei Lin’s area of interest includes supporting the children and youth with socio-emotional coping, building resilience, stress management, anxiety management and adjustment issues. The children and youth connect with her easily as she is warm and genuine. She strongly believes in creating a safe and secure therapeutic environment for her clients through mutual respect, authentic and judgement-free interaction.


Pei Lin has a Master in Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Buffalo, New York State. She is also currently in the process to obtain her certification in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.

Evelyn Rochelle Koh

M.Soc.Sc (Counseling), CTRTC, EFT, EFCT, Certified Human Behaviour Analyst (DISC), Certified PREPARE-ENRICH

Principal Counselor, Counseling Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor

Clinical Supervisor & Instructor (Faculty of William Glasser International & William Glasser Institute, Singapore)

Evelyn founded In Focus Counseling & Therapy Services (formerly known as Unlearn and Learn) toward the end 2004. She has more than decade of professional experience working with youth, couples, parents and working adults from mental health to emotional issues.

Evelyn provides consulting, counseling, training and supervision work to both government and non-governmental organizations such as Youth Centre, Family Service Centre (FSCs), Specialist Centre – in areas of advance counseling skills training and supervision for counsel1ors and social workers, and life-skills training for the community.

With the Ministry of Education (MOE), she has conducted cluster training for school counselors as well as school teachers, equipping them with counseling and therapy skills to better help their students. Since 2013, she has been regular trainer for Social Service Institute (SSI), conducting training on grief and loss for professional social service practitioners.

In her work with Health Promotion Board, she has helped developed the Peer Support Program for youth and conducted training for youth leaders from NTU, SIM, ITE, Temasek Polytechnic and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). She was also involved in consulting and training to Youthpals of Audible Hearts, an online peer support network, supported by Health Promotion Board.

In her professional capacity, Evelyn also serves as external lecturer, instructor, trainer and clinical supervisor, providing skills building training and supervision to counsellors, therapist, social workers, coaches, leaders and managers in learning Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, Lead Management and life-skills.

Evelyn’s passion in counseling started off when she served as a school volunteer working with youth. Her genuine care gained the trust of the youth, allowing her to be their confidante. This allowed her to help many of them make progress in life even after they left school. This life changing experience had spurred Evelyn on to setup Unlearn and Learn, in a time when there were few counseling and consultation services in Singapore.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Registered Singapore Counselor with Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC)
  • Registered Clinical Supervisor with Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC)
  • Registered Social Service Practitioner with Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW)
  • Professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Faculty member as Approved Instructor and Supervisor of William Glasser International and William Glasser Institute, Singapore. At William Glasser Institute, Singapore, Evelyn is serving in the Executive Committee to advocate Dr. William Glasser’s teaching in Choice Theory Psychology, Reality Therapy and Lead Management.
  • Evelyn is also informed in therapeutic models such as Positive Psychology, Humanistic, Experiential Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy among others.
  • External Lecturer/ Clinical Supervisor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Clinical Supervisor, James Cook University Singapore, Monash University
  • Trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, The Gottman Institute
  • Trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy, York University, EFT Clinic
  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Canada