Testimonials:

At In Focus, we are committed to protect the privacy and identity of our clients. As such, only workshop training participants’ feedback is solicited.

 

The 4 days training was really impressive. First of all, the trainer, Ms Evelyn Koh, was very interactive, warm and supportive. She was able to capture the participants attention through purposeful sharing and activities. The concepts were clearly explained through discussion, sharing, role-play, presentation and various other activities. I have surely learnt a lot and benefited through this training. I’m now able to understand and appreciate Choice Theory, Reality Therapy (CTRT) concepts better and with more in-depth. I would strongly encourage others who want to learn about CTRT to participate in the training.

 

What the one thing I was impressed and of course I was so fortunate to learn under Evelyn was that she has been very positive and tried her best to find my strength.  In many experiences in our school days, in order to be better, the teachers and/or Professors normally pointed out the weakness first and encourage us to improve, but those actions sometimes rather de-motivated people.  I learned from her not only Choice Theory itself, but how to live with Choice Theory, that was the biggest awareness for me and yes, even today, I CHOOSE to act based on what I learned from her. Thank you, Evelyn.

 

I received supervision from Evelyn for two practicum modules with William Glasser Institute (Singapore) – Basic Practicum and Advance Practicum. She has been instrumental in providing a supportive platform for learning in my journey to be a certified Choice Theory / Reality Therapy practitioner. Evelyn’s approach is gentle yet firm, nurturing yet assertive. She sees beyond the requirements of the modules and focuses on the growth of the practitioners, both in the professional and personal sense. In that aspect, I find the sessions enjoyable and energising, always leaving me motivated to learn more after every session. In addition, Evelyn provides timely feedback, which helps me pace my own learning. Lastly, I am impressed with Evelyn’s dedication to the supervision. She will go beyond the call of duty to provide additional supervision and consultation sessions even though she has met the basic requirements of the modules. I will really look forward to future opportunities of working with Evelyn.

 

 

So, in a nutshell, not only did I gain knowledge on how to help others through the techniques learned in Reality Therapy, I have understood choice theory for myself, have embraced it, believe in it and now ready to really learn how to help others with it. I am a firm believer in ‘believing in your product’ to be successful at selling it. Sounds very commercial, but really, until you yourself are a believer, you cannot hope to inspire or influence anyone else.

What can I say about Evelyn? For starters, she radiated the confidence she has in the effectiveness of Reality Therapy. She made me very curious to find out why choice theory ranked so highly in her life and her work. I could see from the onset that she was walking the talk. That in itself is a very good quality in a trainer. Apart from that, Evelyn displayed a thorough knowledge of Dr William Glasser’s work and how it has developed and was comfortably able to impart this knowledge to us. She was keenly aware of our varied personalities and was able to step in and guide us as individuals. I think I felt acknowledged irrespective of what my views were or the many questions I had. She never made me feel like I was taking up course time, but patiently and thoroughly explained thoughts and concepts until I understood. Thanks for that, Evelyn…

Thanks Evelyn, for presenting Reality Therapy in a way that has led me to the decision of pursuing it to accreditation stage and beyond (hopefully), despite my crazy work schedule!

 

I remember at one of the supervision session, Evelyn responded to my work stress rather than our usual case discussion. She was flexible and sensitive to my needs. Not only did she attend to my needs, she helped me see things in perspective. The session helped me better manage my stress.

 

Choice Theory/Reality Therapy is an effective life tool which helps us understand ourselves and others better about the ways we behave and make decisions.  It also teaches us how relationships can be managed more successfully.   As it is a very comprehensive theory/therapy, its applicability covers a broad spectrum of befriending, teaching and counselling skills.  Parents, teachers, school counsellors, and leaders in the workplace will find Choice Theory/Reality Therapy is very good program to learn for their own daily applications.

As a facilitator, I find Evelyn very effective in expounding on the principles of Choice Theory/Reality Therapy.  With the use of creative training tools including games, role plays and visual aids, she explained the abstract concepts very well.  I enjoyed her training and learnt a lot from her during the Basic Intensive Program that I joined with Evelyn as my facilitator.

 

 

Irene is my first teacher in counselling. From her, I learnt all about the basic skills of counselling and it was Irene who encouraged me to widen my knowledge of counselling in other areas. During the years that I pursued my studies and upgrade my skills in counselling, Irene had always been ready to share and teach. I am very fortunate to have her as my teacher and friend. She was always tactful, understanding and empathetic with the problems that I encountered.

 

After nearly three decades of training and practice in international corporate law, I undertook a master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy. Irene’s agreement to teach this old dog new tricks reflects her spirit and courage to explore the new and work with the less than usual. I benefited immensely from Irene’s experience, patience and wisdom. Where supervisory relationship mirrors that of client-therapist interactions, Irene was empathic, supportive, perturbing and challenging the system where necessary. Irene was also a generous teacher sharing with me her knowledge and insight, not to mention her collection of articles and resources.

 

 

Evelyn shows genuine interest in developing each participant into competent CTRT practitioners. She prepares well for each session and the activities she selects has helped me understand and grasp Choice Theory concepts better. I find reconstructing & walking through the brain chart particularly useful. Evelyn makes it a point to do this at every session. The role-plays have also been great for learning. With each role-play, Evelyn clarifies doubts, sharpens skills and deepens my understanding of CTRT.  Overall, Evelyn has clarity of thought & expression and is patient with us. She has been an excellent trainer.

 

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