Counselling

Our Counsellors

All EMCC counsellors are highly trained and hold professional qualifications in counselling. Our counsellors adopt different approaches in their clinical work with individuals, couples, and families. Our approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Family & Systemic Psychotherapy, and Grief Recovery. Our counsellors receive regular clinical supervision as part of their continual professional learning and development for the best clinical practice with their clients.

Counsellors

Senior Principal Psychotherapist and Executive Director
Joachim is on a quest to bring out the best in individuals and families. In over 30 years of clinical practice, he has had the…
Joachim Lee, PBM
Senior Principal Psychotherapist and Executive Director

Joachim is on a quest to bring out the best in individuals and families. In over 30 years of clinical practice, he has had the privilege to work with street beggars, individuals with alcohol addiction, as well as individuals in government and entertainment.

He believes everyone has the ability to become a better version of themselves, “Life is a forward movement. Even if we trip, the falling forward is a reassurance that you are progressing in the right direction. Accepting yourself and becoming your own best friend is first and foremost the core recipe to a better you.”

He specialises in treating trauma, anxiety and depression and has developed an Integrative approach to couple therapy.

To ensure he provides the best care to his clients, Joachim has dedicated his life to learning from the best in the field of psychotherapy including Harlene Anderson, Cloe Madanes, Jeffrey Zeig, Bill O’Hanlon, Michael Yapko, and Mike Deninger.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Social Science (Counselling), University of South Australia

Accreditation and Certification

Professional Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Professional Certification in Strategic Psychotherapy
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1, 2 and 3)
Certified Trainer in multiple psychotherapeutic and hypnotherapeutic modalities
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family

Other Positions

Clinical Supervisor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Co-Chair of the Supervision Board, Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Founding Member of the International Strategic Psychotherapy Association (ISPA)
Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Neuro-Biofeedback Association (APNA)

Trainer (Southeast Asia) in Multichannel Eye Movement Integration (MEMI) therapy, appointed by Dr Mike Deninger, MEMI developer

A certified Neurofeedback Therapist, he has presented at three Asia Pacific Neurofeedback conferences, championing the integration of neuroscience and psychotherapy.

In recognition of his dedication and voluntary service to Singapore, he was conferred the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat/Public Service Award (PBM) in 2016.

Senior Psychotherapist
Dawn believes everyone has the potential to grow and make changes in their behaviour and perspectives of their situation when the environment of space and…
Dawn Tan
Senior Psychotherapist

Dawn believes everyone has the potential to grow and make changes in their behaviour and perspectives of their situation when the environment of space and right tools are given. The journey of working on oneself is never easy.  However, when psychological safety, encouragement and patience are present, the struggle of change will be less painful. Dawn has worked in the social service sector for more than 15 years, during which she has learnt many lessons about life.  She is moved to serve and work with people who are distressed and is especially passionate about working with women. She considers this a privilege.

Aside from her professional passion, Dawn’s personal interests include reading, taking mindful walks and occasionally cooking for her family.

Professional Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Swinburne University
Diploma in Counselling, Edith Cowan University

Accreditation and Certification

Registered counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Registered clinical supervisor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1, 2 and 3)
Master Practitioner in Solution Focused Therapy
Certified Choice Theory Reality Therapy
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual

Assistant Senior Counsellor
Sapna believes that all of us, at some time or the other, will hit bumps on the road. When we hit big bumps, we may…
Sapna Mathews
Assistant Senior Counsellor

Sapna believes that all of us, at some time or the other, will hit bumps on the road. When we hit big bumps, we may need a safe, caring space to be listened to deeply and understood. This is where Sapna believes that counselling can play a big part.

Sapna is deeply passionate about being trauma sensitive in her work with her clients. Past trauma can hijack our responses to triggers or stimuli. Learning how to get our power back from the same cycles of “fight”, “flight”, “freeze” and “fawn” responses is an integral part of the recovery process.   She is certified as a trauma specialist and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR).

Apart from individual work, she also works with couples using the Gottman Method. Couples need a safe space to work on the bumps in their relationship and to weave a new way to reconnect in a meaningful way.

Sapna is also passionate about working with children using Play Therapy. Children may not have language skills that adults possess and hence may be unable to articulate their feelings. Play therapy helps create a safe space for the child to explore their emotions and deal with feelings that may be linked to an unresolved trauma. Through play, children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviours.

In her free time, Sapna loves to watch waves on the beach, finding that perfect cup of coffee or the pursuit of perfectly baked bread.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Arts in Counselling, TCA College (Singapore)

Accreditation and Certification

Registered counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Training Parnell Institute of EMDR
Advanced Clinical Training Program in Child Centred Play Therapy (Play Therapy Australia)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training (Beck’s Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 and 2)
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual

Counsellor
Sanny’s passion in counselling started with her interest in people and their unique stories. Through counselling, she hopes to create life-giving conversations to individuals, couples…
Sanny Chen
Counsellor

Sanny’s passion in counselling started with her interest in people and their unique stories. Through counselling, she hopes to create life-giving conversations to individuals, couples and families seeking healing and meaning in their lives

By utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in her practice, Sanny aims to help clients target distorted thinking patterns that maintain negative thoughts. Through CBT, Sanny believes that clients will be better able to reframe negative thoughts, feel better about their situation and find healthy coping strategies to navigate challenges in life.

An extrovert, Sanny enjoys talking, running, hiking, baking desserts and hilarious cat videos.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Counselling, Monash University (Australia)

Accreditation and Certification

Registered counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 and 2)
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (Level 1)

Counsellor
Yvonne believes that every soul should be given a safe space to narrate their unique life stories. Her passion in counselling is to facilitate this…
Yvonne Foo
Counsellor

Yvonne believes that every soul should be given a safe space to narrate their unique life stories. Her passion in counselling is to facilitate this safe space. Her counselling journey started in supporting youth with mental concerns that includes journeying with their families. She is trained in discernment counselling in supporting marriage on the brink.

In her counselling practice, she integrates the Person-Centred, Narrative, Mindfulness, Play and Sandtray Therapies, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Couple & Family Therapy. She believes through meaningful therapeutic processing, every individual will discover their inner potential in self-healing and rescript their life stories that bring positive well-being.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Counselling and Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

Accreditation and Certification

Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)-SUSS Family Counselling Certification (FCCP)
Intermediate Trauma Therapy, The SEL Network LLP
Mental illness and Recovery, Social Service Institute

Senior Associate Consultant Psychologist
Philip is a psychologist in private practice who has been in the helping profession since the mid-1990s. For close to three decades, he has worked…
Philip Ang
Senior Associate Consultant Psychologist

Philip is a psychologist in private practice who has been in the helping profession since the mid-1990s. For close to three decades, he has worked with clients of various profile, from children and adolescents with emotional issues, parenting, couple therapy to adults with other life challenging issues. He is an associate lecturer and taught psychology and counselling courses from a few local tertiaries and an approved clinical supervisor. Apart from lecturing, he had been invited to conduct training on mental health issues for multinational companies from local and overseas.

Philip adopts an Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach in his therapy and believes in engaging individuals from the heart before the mind.

Philip earned his Bachelor of Social Science in Applied Psychology (Australia) and his Master of Science in Psychology from United States, California. Interested in exploring different areas and treatment methods, he pursued further training and obtained credentials as a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Brain Health Professional.  In October 2021, Philip was awarded the European World Certificate for Psychotherapy.

Philip is also a volunteer at two charity organizations and serves as a Board of Director.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Science (Psychology)
Bachelor of Social Science (Applied Psychology)

Accreditation and Certification

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Brain Health Professional
Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner
European World Certificate for Psychotherapy (Austria)

Senior Associate Consultant Psychotherapist
Monica has been in the people-helping field for over three decades. She believes that “Transformation is within You” and that it can be achieved despite…
Monica Fernando
Senior Associate Consultant Psychotherapist

Monica has been in the people-helping field for over three decades. She believes that “Transformation is within You” and that it can be achieved despite obstacles and challenges that you face.

She has served as a Counsellor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Parenting Consultant, Speaker, Trainer and also a Train-the-Trainer. She has served in a multi-faceted range of Counselling establishments and has gained much experience in supporting and helping people with various needs.

Monica is passionate about the growing number of mental health conditions among young people that is triggered by the state of the family environment. In her experience with her clients, she has seen how the family unit helps individuals to manage their mental health conditions successfully and become better. She believes that the family unit can influence a better and healthy society through positive parenting, marriage, extended family relationships and circles of friends.

Monica has conducted multiple parenting talks, seminars, and parenting consultations in over 300 institutions, mostly MOE schools. She has also been featured in interviews on radio and has contributed to articles in news media. She has been a consultant at round table discussions at Young NTUC on Total Fertility Rate where younger Singaporeans were encouraged to build families due to the dipping TFR.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Arts in Counselling

Accreditation and Certification

Registered counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1, 2 and 3)
Parenting Consultant -Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) – Level 2,3,4

Senior Associate Consultant Psychotherapist (Mandarin Specialist)
Sean is passionately known as “bear” by the children and youths he worked with since years ago. He deeply appreciates having the opportunities in journeying…
Sean Liew (AKA "bear")
Senior Associate Consultant Psychotherapist (Mandarin Specialist)

Sean is passionately known as “bear” by the children and youths he worked with since years ago. He deeply appreciates having the opportunities in journeying with clients towards their goals and passionate in motivating clients to leverage on their untapped potentials and strengths. He has had the privilege to work with different groups of clients: from children, youths, to couples, parents, families and mandated clients over 23 years of clinical practice, with the recent 5 years of cross-cultural immersion based in Beijing, ROC.

He believes everyone can attain self-awareness which is the basis leads to change and self-growth so long as one is willing to. He uses a strength-based experiential approach and evidence-based practice, focuses on forging a therapeutic alliance with clients, taking creative approaches in challenging issues. “Problem is not a problem, coping is. Learning to be a congruence choice-maker of one’s life is the critical success factor in living a happy and meaningful life.”

He specialises in treating stress-related and relationship issues such as anxiety, depression, parenting and has been conducting mental wellness trainings, workshops, groupwork and group therapy for schools, corporates and organisations.

In his many experiences, he appeared as a guest speaker of “Getting Closer Each Day – Parenting talks series”, Radio stations – FM97.2, FM95.8 Radio, “Good Morning Singapore (Channel 8)”, OctoLIVE,  Channel U, “The Straits Times”, Malaysia’s “Red Tomatoes” magazine and Beijing Evening News to share on youth issues, parenting, marriage, elderly issues, stress-related issues and other related topics.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Social Science (Counselling), University of South Australia

Accreditation and Certification

Professional Certification in Clinical Supervision (Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy)
Certified Solution-Focused Brief Therapist
Certified Human Behaviour Consultant (DISC)
Certified Experiential Learning Facilitator
Occupational Psychotherapist (Level II), Republic of China
Certified HealthRhythms® Facilitator

Senior Associate Consultant Psychotherapist
Kayden has over 25 years’ experience in the personal growth and professional development field, and provides counsel and guidance specific to her clients’ needs. Having spent…
Kayden Perera
Senior Associate Consultant Psychotherapist

Kayden has over 25 years’ experience in the personal growth and professional development field, and provides counsel and guidance specific to her clients’ needs. Having spent time in the corporate world, being a working professional, an award- winning author, she brings with her a deep understanding of the corporate workplace and all of life’s multiple facets.

By utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) and other modalities in her practice, Kayden believes that the intervention will help heighten the brain’s rewiring process, de-stress the nervous system, quiet the overthinking mind and help clients find healthy coping strategies to navigate challenges in life.

She helps clients create alignment between what they think, say/do and feel, as she believes that only in a space of inner congruency, clarity and happiness can be found. She works together with you to get to the heart of whatever causes you mental or emotional discomfort and then, together with you, create a psychotherapeutically counselling plan for you to effectively manage and overcome. Everyone has issues. The thing to remember is that your issues do not define you.

During her free time, Kayden loves being a masterchef in her kitchen, groves to the salsa beat, goofs around with her friends and go to the beach with a good book.

Professional Qualifications

Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) Swinburne University

Accreditation and Certification

Registered Counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Vice-President of Singyouth Hub (Youth Charity Organization)
Award winning author of “Breaking out of yourself” book

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