Counselling

Marital and Family Therapy

Having marital or family challenges? Experiencing Personal struggles? Feeling helpless and/or frustrated with parenting?

At Family Life Society, our team of committed therapists support and journey with all who come to us with any kind of difficulty or challenge, regardless of race, religion or background.

Children & Adolescence Therapy Services

This is a specialised therapy service  for children and adolescents to aid them through the different stages and challenges in life.   The service also offers parents parenting support and conflict resolution.

Challenges which people face may be related to family or relationship issues, workplace problems, a personal crisis, an ongoing stressful situation or difficult life transitions.

Our therapists support people with a wide range of concerns including:

MARITAL

  • Premarital
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Extramarital affairs
  • Communication breakdown
  • Financial issues
  • In-law tension
  • Cross-cultural differences

PERSONAL

  • Anger management
  • Stress & anxiety complex
  • Coping with and handling depression
  • Suffering grief & loss
  • Work-life balance
  • Relationship conflict
  • Trauma

PARENTING

  • Parent-child relationship
  • Difficult child behaviour

SEXUALITY

  • Sexual intimacy
  • Same-sex attraction
  • Gender identity struggles
  • Pornography addiction

Our Therapists

Online & Face to Face Counselling

Benedict Lam - Therapist

Benedict has experience in counselling individuals (youths and adults), couples and families, working on issues such as stress, anxiety, compulsive behaviour and family & marital conflicts. He is trained in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy and pre-marital programmes such as PREP and Prepare/Enrich. Ben has always been involved in people-related professions, prior to his full-time counselling work, he was a recruitment consultant.

Ben holds a Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) from Swinburne University of Technology and a Master of Science and a Bachelor degree from the National University of Singapore. He is married, with two children in their mid-to-late twenties. Together with his wife, he has been active in Christian family communities for the past 20 years.  He is often invited to give parenting and family-related talks.

Clement Ong - Associate Therapist

Clement’s special interests are in parenting, fathering, and marital and family issues. Clement is also an associate therapist at other agencies.

Clement holds a Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Sunny Naidu - Associate Therapist

Sunny Naidu is a husband and father of two young adult children. He is passionate about working with couples and families to achieve meaning and fulfilment. He has a particular interest in equipping parents in their essential role, couples to be content and fulfilled in their marital relationship, and children to be well adjusted.

He is a qualified counsellor equipped with a Masters’ Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy. He has been involved in counselling for a decade.

He was previously the executive director at Family Life Society and now is a volunteer. He is also a chartered accountant with a Masters’ Degree in Applied Finance.

Face to Face Counselling Only

Desieree Elisabeth Makalew - Associate Therapist

(Tuesday 7 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm)

Desieree holds a master’s in psychology from University of Derby, London and Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Prior to counselling and therapy work, she has over a decade of working experience in the commercial and finance industry, worked in France, Japan and Indonesia, before settling down in Singapore. Those experiences taught her how to interact with people from different cultures.

She is trained in several therapeutic modalities, such as CBT, SFBT, and CBH (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy), which she uses in her therapeutic work with individual client, when necessary. She is also trained as Community Crisis Response Team and member of National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)’s crisis responder. She holds a graduate membership with British Psychological Society and an allied membership with Singapore Association for Counselling.

Koh Lay Nah - Associate Therapist

(Monday and Friday 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm)

Married with three teenage children, Lay Nah is passionate about facilitating positive transformation in people’s lives.  She has experience working with children, teenagers, couples and individual via face-to-face counselling, mentoring and coaching.  Lay Nah is also an associate therapist at a junior school.

Lay Nah holds a Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling), a Bachelor degree in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching.  She is trained in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  She is a Certified Behavioural Consultant (DISC) and Advance Behavioural Consultant (DTV) as well as a member of USA Transactional Analysis Association.

Online Counselling Only

Theresa Bung - Principal Therapist

Theresa has over 20 years of extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. Theresa’s training spans across Gestalt Therapy, Satir Therapy, Solution Focus Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotional Focus Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Theresa is a Master Clinical Member and a Clinical Supervisor of the Singapore Association for Counselling. She holds professional membership as an Associate Member of The Association for Marital and Family Therapy (Singapore) and a professional member of The Satir Centre (Singapore).

Theresa is an approved Marriage Preparation Programme Trainer with the Ministry Of Social and Family Development.

Andre Tan - Associate Therapist

Warton Ong - Associate Therapist

Warton’s career spans over a decade in counselling, coaching and people development, backed by two decades in general management, business planning, turnaround management and organizational development. In his current scope of work, Warton consults, counsels, coaches and trains people in personal effectiveness, managing priorities, and communication. Warton regularly conducts lectures in both the public and private sectors with an end to improving efficiency.

He holds a Master of Social Science and Master of Business Administration. Warton is also a Clinical member and registered therapist with Singapore Association for Counselling and an approved family life educator with the Ministry of Social & Family Development. He is a certified trainer and an assessor with ACTA and DACE.

He has an expert in Qigong, being an instructor with a focus on healthy living.

Karen Chok - Associate Therapist

Karen has a a Masters in Counselling from Monash University, Australia as well as a Diploma in Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology from the College of Allied Educators. Her basic degree is in Psychology from Murdoch University, Australia. In addition, she has completed Gottman Couples Therapy ​as well as in Family/Marital & Systemic Therapy (both Level 1 & 2 Workshops) which refined her clinical skills and helped expand strategies & interventions in her work with couples & families. She is also certified to conduct Prepare & Enrich (P&E) inventories which is designed to assist couples in focusing objectively on critical relationship issues.

Counsellor has also received training in resource tapping, performance enhancement, and trauma work ( EMDR Part 1 & 2 ) by Parnell Institute. Counsellor completed basic training (32 hours) in Gestalt Play Therapy, & Lego Therapy (14 hours) with West Coast Institute. These training have equipped her to work with individuals and adolescents.

Karen started her counselling career in 2015, serving at Family Life Society (FLS). Besides counselling, Karen volunteers with Pregnancy Crisis Service at FLS, journeying with women & family members with an unexpected pregnancy. Karen’s approach is client-centered where she actively collaborates with individuals/couples/families to manage their issues & conflicts while highlighting & working together on their strengths & growth areas. These efforts aim to enable her clients to progress toward a positive direction, promote welfare for all parties involved and achieve goals that are life-enhancing.

Richard Goh - Associate Therapist

Richard Goh is a clinical member and Registered Counsellor of the Singapore Association for Counselling. He is trained in several therapeutic modalities and is experienced in counselling troubled individuals, couples and families in distress.

Drawing on his many years of prior corporate experience, Richard also often conducts coaching workshops for multi-national corporations, government bodies and statutory boards in the areas of effective communication and interpersonal skills and work-life balance.

Richard holds two Masters, one in Business Administration and the other in Social Sciences (Professional Counselling). He is trained in the Gottman Method and uses this evidence-based approach in his therapeutic work with couples where appropriate.

Sue Richmond - Clinical Consultant

Counselling Fees (Subsidized Rate)
(with effect from 1 January 2020)

Weekdays during office hours – $75 per session

Weekdays after office hours – $90 per session

Saturday – $90 per session

Operating Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am to 6pm

Tuesday (face to face or online counselling): 9am to 9.30pm

Thursday (online counselling): 9am to 9.30pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

Counselling sessions are by appointment.
Please call 64880278 or email to [email protected] to make an appointment.

Locations

2 Highland Road,#LG-01, S(549102)

Agape Village, 7A Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, #04-01, S(319264) (Temporary unavailable)

Cana, 55 Waterloo St, #02-01, S(187954) (Temporary unavailable)

Para-Counselling

Our Community of Paracounsellors (CPC) was started in 2006 under Family Life Society to provide pro-bono counselling services to anyone who requires support. Our volunteers include Hotline Support members and para-counsellors with formal counselling training and are ready to provide a listening ear.

To book a session, please visit cpc.familylife.sg

For more information, call 6631 8963 from Monday – Friday between 12pm – 4pm
Or email to [email protected]

City District

Church of St. Bernadette @ Zion Road 2nd Level Resource Room (Mondays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm; Wednesdays, 7.30pm & 8.45 PM)

North District

Church of Christ the King @ Ang Mo Kio Room 103, 104 (near church entrance) (Mondays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm)
Church of the Risen Christ @ Toa Payoh St Joseph Room – Ground Floor, after grotto (Tuesdays, 2.00pm & 3.30pm; Wednesdays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm; Thursdays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm)
Agape Village @ Toa Payoh 7A Lorong 8, Toa Payoh, #04-01 (Wednesdays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm (till 31 Mar 2017); Fridays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm (from 1 April 2017)

East District

Church of the Holy Family @ East Coast Room #02-02 Emmaus House (Saturday mornings, 10.15am & 11.15am)
Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace @ Tanjong Katong St Florence Room (2nd floor canteen) (Mondays, 7.00pm & 8.15pm)

North-East District

St. Anne’s Church @ Sengkang Parish Centre #03-01, #03-02 (Tuesdays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm)
Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary @ Hougang Church Back Compound Blk A (Thursdays, 7.30pm & 8.45pm)
Church of St Francis Xavier @ Serangoon Garden Level 2, Parish Centre (St Christine & St Anthony) (Tuesday, 7.30pm & 8.45pm)

West District

Church of the Holy Cross @ Clementi Room located next to the parish office and opposite the Cenacle (Wednesday, 7.30pm & 8.45pm)
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