Children and Youth Counselling

Growing up in fast-paced Singapore can be novel and exciting. Yet it can also be stressful and intimidating for our children and youth. At times, despite best efforts, our children and youth may feel anxious and down, alone in these struggles, and not understood by those who matter most.

Parents, on the other hand, want the best for the children. Seeing them growing up can be stressful and confusing, especially when we see the children struggling and behaving in ways that are worrying for the parents. Despite all attempts to support the children, at times, parents may feel clueless, or even helpless, This is especially so when parents’ efforts seem to strain the parent-child relationship instead of bearing the results that parents hoped for.

To Youth:

At times, the challenges you face might seem too overwhelming. You may feel lost and alone and misunderstood by friends and/or the important people in your life. It is normal to feel this way as you navigate through the unfamiliar grounds of discovering yourself amidst the changes in life. However, you do not have to go through this by yourself. Seeking support and talking to a trusted adult, like a counsellor, can help you with what you are currently going through. Common issues that youths seek counselling services for include:

  • School and social related issues such as stress from studies, peer pressure, feeling bullied, loneliness
  • Difficulties in interpersonal or romantic relationships
  • Difficulties managing emotions and moods swings
  • Self-esteem, self-image, self-identity and sexual-identity issues
  • Adjustment to changes and transitions
  • Family-related conflicts
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Grief over loss of a loved one
  • Trauma

These issues can affect your emotional well-being and mental health if not attended to in a constructive and healthy manner.

With counselling support, you can grow to become more self-aware, develop greater self-understanding and learn new and helpful ways of coping and communicating, so as to feel more at ease and more connected to the ones you love and care about.

Our counsellors at In Focus will provide you with a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to talk about your difficulties and concerns so that you are not alone trying to resolve your issues. For constancy in care and support, a dedicated professional counsellor will journey with you in this process.  Contact us now to find out how our counsellors can support you in this time.

To Parents:

There is an increasing awareness of youth mental health concerns in Singapore. Youth counselling centres and services are more accessible, yet young people seem to delay seeking help for various reasons. Some are concerned about possible stigma, some are not sure where is the right place to go, and some others are unable to obtain parents’ understanding and support for them to seek help. Some parents may have the idea that the issues their child faces are difficulties that the child has to learn to overcome and outgrow on their own, while other parents may feel that there are no real issues as long as the child is doing well academically.

The struggles faced by your child can be very real and daunting. For parents, seeking out suitable counselling services for your child who needs the support is one of the best  gift you can give your child at this stage of their life. Counselling can be beneficial for your child if you observe that your child has been having difficulties coping in multiple areas in life and exhibiting behaviours of concern such as:

  • Decrease in self-confidence and negative self-image
  • Mood swings and difficulties managing emotions
  • Self-harm behaviours or explicit talk about suicide
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Changes in appetite
  • School refusal
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Strained relationship with family members
  • Addictions

Delays in help seeking can have adverse consequences on the child’s mental health and hinder the process of the child reaching his / her full potential in life. Conversely, seeking counselling help in a timely manner will help in your child’s emotional and mental health, improve their connections with the family and loved ones, and grow in resilience to work towards their goals.

At In Focus, we provide a safe and supportive space for your child to talk about their concerns with a dedicated professional counsellor who is able to journey with your child to explore those struggles in depth. Through the counselling services we offer, we seek to help your child make sense of what he/she is experiencing and develop responsible behaviours in coping, problem solving and communication. A key part of the work is in helping your child grow in self-awareness and self-understanding and learn to identify, express, and manage intense emotions like fear, sadness, shame, anger, confusion, guilt and curiosity in an age appropriate and constructive manner.

Our counsellors can support your child through a variety of issues including:

  • School-related stress due to academic pressures or peer relationships
  • Difficulties in family and interpersonal relationships
  • Self-esteem development
  • Search for identity or life direction
  • Adjustment to changes and transitions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Managing emotions and mood swings
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma

Contact us now to find out how our counsellors can support you and your child in this time.

ABOUT US

At In Focus, we empathise 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, counselling 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)

Counsellor Masters in Guidance and Counselling (MGC), James Cook University Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Buffalo New York State

I have always had a keen interest in working with children and youth. I find it fulfilling and meaningful to be working, supporting and guiding them, and I now have more than eight years of experience in this area. After graduating from the University of Buffalo, New York State with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I started working with children and youth with Special Needs in early intervention. From my interactions with my clients over these years, I have come to see that being able to provide the emotional support that they and their families need is very important.

Being diagnosed with dyslexia and tactile defensives (Sensory Integrative Disorder), I remember the unconditional and judgement-free support I received from families and friends that got me through the various challenges. Therefore, I aim to offer the same unconditional support and judgement-free interaction to all my clients. Through my personal experience, I understand how crucial it is for individuals to develop a strong emotional foundation and a support network, especially those in similar circumstance. Therefore, I strongly believe in journeying and supporting individuals through stressful times, and in working with their loved ones through the strengthening of the bonds within the family unit.

I am trained in the major counselling and therapeutic approaches and also in Choice Theory Reality Therapy and Behavioural Therapy. My work is informed by Person Centred Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Beyond children and youth, I have counselled clients in other settings and age groups including young adults and families. I am particularly interested in supporting people in building resilience and skills to cope with stress, anxiety adjustments and overall socio-emotional needs. Given my own personal and work experience, I firmly believe that everyone deserves a chance in a fulfilling life. To better support my clients, I am currently pursuing my certification for Choice Theory and Reality Therapy after obtaining my Masters in Guidance and Counselling at James Cook University.

Evelyn Rochelle Koh

Principal Counsellor, Counselling Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor

Master of Social Science (Counselling), CTRTC, EFT, EFCT
Clinical Supervisor & Instructor (Senior Faculty of William Glasser International & William Glasser Institute, Singapore)

Certified Human Behaviour Analyst (DISC)
Certified PREPARE-ENRICH

I developed a passion in counselling when I started out as a school volunteer counsellor working with youth. I saw the transformative power of the counselling relationship on the youths in school and even later in life beyond school. This was a life changing experience for me and I was spurred to setup my own private counselling and psychotherapy practice in 2004. That was a time when there were few counselling and consultation services in Singapore. Since then, I have been working with youths, couples, parents, working adults on their emotional issues and mental health and well-being through counselling and psychotherapy for close to 20 years.

Beyond helping my clients within the counselling room, I believe in tapping on the multiplier effect to bring healing and strength to individuals, and relationships between couples and within families. I thus expanded my work and I now devote a large portion of my time towards raising the skills and competencies of the helping profession through lecturing, training and consultancy services.

My area of passion and specialisation is Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, Lead Management (CTRTLM) because it is highly empowering. I thus find great joy in training counsellors, therapist, social workers, coaches, leaders and managers in this area.  I am also trained in Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy and my work is also informed by therapeutic models such as Positive Psychology, Humanistic Therapy, Experiential Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with organisations across different sectors, ranging from Youth Centers, Family Service Centers and Specialist Centers to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and Ministry of Education (MOE). The latter two involved projects where I was able to share my passion for helping youth in Singapore. With the HPB, I helped develop the Peer Support Program for youth and conducted training for youth leaders from tertiary institutions and for those involved in the online peer support network “Youthpals”. With the MOE, I conducted cluster training for school counsellors and teachers on counselling and therapy skills to better help our students.

It is also my firm conviction that all situations of loss and pain can be opportunities for deep healing, growth and connection. I have thus been committed to providing regular training on the topic of “Grief and Loss” to social service practitioners through the Social Service Institute (SSI).

Curriculum Vitae

  • Registered Singapore Counselor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
  • Registered Clinical Supervisor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
  • Registered Social Service Practitioner with Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW)
  • Professional member of the American Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Senior 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.
  • External Lecturer/ Clinical Supervisor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Clinical Supervisor, James Cook University Singapore, Monash University
  • Associate Adult Educator, Social Service Institute
  • 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