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Touching Lives

Since 1997, EMCC has helped thousands of adults, youth and families, to overcome mental health challenges, resolve conflicts and repair relationships through counselling, mediation and training. Hear the testimonies of those whose lives we have touched.  Hear also from those …

Letter to Parents

This Dear Parents letter is for those with children taking their first steps to independence – embarking on tertiary education.  EMCC Counsellor Sapna Mathews shares advice and tips as a counsellor, and as a mother going through the same experience. …

Ready to Launch?

If you are starting tertiary education here or abroad, this letter is for you.  EMCC Counsellor Sanny Chen writes from her own experience and those of youth she meets in counselling sessions.  If you know someone else embarking on this …

Updates and Upcoming Events

Sanny Chen makes a heartfelt appeal on behalf of young people.  Announcing another run of Gottman Clinical Training Levels 1 & 2, and a Peer Support Group for unemployed jobseekers who are coping with retrenchment or a career transition.   …

Decoding Mental Health

  Decoding mental health Anxiety, bullying, divorce, or stress can affect our mental health. What are the symptoms of poor mental health? When is it time to seek professional help? What can a counsellor do to help? We get answers …

Betrayal and Broken Trust

Betrayal destroys safety and trust in relationships instantaneously. Drawing on her many years of experience, EMCC Head of Counselling Ng Ai Ling, provides insights and advice on the challenges and the long road to rebuilding trust after betrayal.   Why …

Upcoming Events

  Over the next few months, we have several training courses and development programmes for social service and clinical professionals.  We also have educational talks for the public. Some of these events are supported by donors, making it possible for …

Chairman’s Annual Report Message

In 2021, EMCC served more counselling clients, provided training to more professionals, and delivered more workshops to students. EMCC Chairman Dr. Kenny Tan sums up the year in his message in the Annual Report for FY21. EMCC’s Annual Report covers …
Conflict

Managing Conflict

Conflict situations are inevitable, especially in a densely populated urban centre like Singapore.  Lau Li-Choo explains how we can better manage ourselves in a conflict.   Managing Conflict Conflict is something everyone experiences from time to time as we engage …

EMCC Jubilee

Since 1997, EMCC has helped thousands of clients to overcome mental health challenges, resolve conflicts and repair relationships. As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we are organising a Jubilee Appeal with a fundraising luncheon on 18 November 2022.   …

About Adulting: Is It OK To Feel THIS Anxious?

‘Is it OK to feel this anxious?’ is part of About Adulting,  a new series of talks designed for young adults and their parents to help them better understand and cope with the challenges of adulting.   Is it OK …

The Healing Power of Play

Play Therapy for children is now available at EMCC. How does it work? What type of issues can it help address? What is the role of parents in Play Therapy? Sapna Mathews, Counsellor and certified Play Therapist, answers your questions. …

Youth Mental Health

The mental health of young people in Singapore is a growing concern. EMCC launches #YourLoveBringsHope appeal to raise funds to Support our Youth. EMCC goes on Fresh Off The Pod to answer questions from the podcast hosts and listeners.   …

Training Focus on Trauma

This July, EMCC is organising three events for clinicians, all with a focus on trauma, in partnership with Arizona Trauma Institute.  The key to helping clients heal and recover is in knowing how to recognise and resolve the trauma.   …

EMCC 25th Anniversary Conference

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, EMCC will present its inaugural Mental Wellness Conference: New Paradigms and Competencies, in partnership with Arizona Trauma Institute (ATI).  It will feature keynote speakers Dr Robert Rhoton and Dr Mike Deninger.   Eagles …

A Game Changer and a Huge Thank You

In 2021, EMCC training participants jumped from fewer than 200 to over 1,600 and Counselling sessions increased by more than 30%.  What happened and what is the connection to donations? We explain and say a huge Thank You to everyone …

Resolving Disputes, Preserving Relationships

Every conflict is different. But all conflicts involve relationships. The hallmark of EMCC’s mediation services is our focus on the people and the relationships involved in the disputes. EMCC Mediation Specialist Lau Li-Choo explains.   Helen and Wesley were siblings …

Understanding Addiction

When does an addictive behaviour become destructive? What makes some individuals more susceptible to developing an addiction than others? EMCC Executive Director and Senior Principal Psychotherapist, Joachim Lee, relates Linda’s story to provide some answers.   Understanding Addiction from a …

Tanya’s Story

Tanya* is 31 and married. She works as a Senior Social Worker, a role which revolves around giving help and support to others in need. Facing tremendous challenges and stress at work, she finally decided to seek help for herself. …

The 7PP is back!

The 7PP is back! Do you feel you and your spouse are not as close as you used to be? Are you getting married soon and want all the tips you can get on having a good marriage? Then the …

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Studies have shown that individuals who have had an Adverse Childhood Experience are more likely to develop mental and physical illnesses in adulthood. EMCC Counsellor Sanny Chen explains.   What is ACE? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2000), …

Training Dates and Other Announcements

New dates for Gottman training, Clinical Supervision and Marriage Preparation Programme have been announced. Also, EMCC appoints a new Executive Director.   Training Dates and other Announcements New dates for Gottman training, Clinical Supervision and Marriage Preparation Programme have been …

Adam’s Journey

“I found myself struggling to juggle the demands placed on me. Seeing how I was quite close to actually carrying out my suicidal thoughts scared me a lot.” Adam* writes about his journey.   Adam’s Journey* Last year I started …

Trauma and Recovery

What are the symptoms of trauma? How does one recover from it? EMCC Senior Psychotherapist Dawn Tan provides some answers and advice. Trauma is not what happens to you… To paraphrase Dr Gabo Mate, a renowned Hungarian Canadian physician who …

What is Grief?

What does grief feel and look like? When does normal sadness become a concern? EMCC Counsellor and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Ms Chew Hwee Min, answers your questions.   Q: What does grief feel and look like? CHM: Grief is …

Workplace Stress

There are many situations at the workplace that could be sources of different levels of stress. When does that stress become problematic? EMCC Counsellor Ms. Sanny Chen provides some insights and advice.   Q: Why is stress bad for us? …

A Letter from EMCC Executive Director

As more people than ever experience stress and anxiety, EMCC’s mission is even more important today. EMCC Executive Director Jeannie Chiu explains.   After almost two years of learning to live with Covid-19, some of us have almost forgotten what …

5 Things you may not know about EMCC

What is the most common presenting issue for counselling cases at EMCC? What percentage of EMCC clients qualify for subsidised fees? Executive Director Jeannie Chiu provides some answers and insights into EMCC. 1. What is the most common presenting issue …

Cheng’s Story

Last year, almost in desperation, Cheng* and husband came to EMCC to seek help for her two children.  A year later, she sees herself and the world in a completely different way. Tell us a bit about yourself and what …

Relationship Red Flags

What do couples mostly fight about? Why am I always the one giving in? When should I start worrying about my marriage? Joachim Lee, who is a Level 3 Gottman Method Couples Counsellor answers your questions. Q: What is the …

Paradoxical Ideas for your Mental Health 

Want personalised advice to improve your mental well-being? The advice one finds online is usually generic in nature, meant for the “average” person and may not suit your particular situation or time of life. Want some personalised advice to improve your …

Questions about Counselling you’ve always wanted to ask

    How does counselling help exactly? Should I choose a male or female counsellor? How many sessions would I have to attend?  We interview EMCC Head of Counselling, Ms Ng Ai Ling, to get answers to these and other …

Is my child feeling stressed?

By Joachim Lee, Principal Psychotherapist, EMCC It’s exam time and you’re worried about your children. How are they coping? Your son seems to be on his computer all the time. Your daughter seems to be always on the phone talking to …

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an assisted negotiation process. The mediator is a neutral third party who facilitates discussions between parties to help them uncover their true interests and needs.  Often these interests or needs, when surfaced, turn out to be quite different …

Gottman Method Training

Our Gottman Clinical Training is back! The course is VCF-approved and will be conducted online this year.  Hear from Dr. Dave Penner who will personally answer your questions. For registration and more information, please visit https://emcc.org.sg/training-education/for-professional/gottman-clinical-training-2/   The Gottman Method of …

Connor’s Journey

Connor* is 60 years old and has two grown children from his first marriage. Last year, when his mother died after an illness, he met his siblings and other family members to discuss arrangements and issues arising from her passing. …

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