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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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