Master of Guidance and Counselling (MGC)
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.
Master of Guidance and Counselling (MGC)
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.
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.