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Media Release: EMCC Appoints new Executive Director

18 January 2022

(Corrected on 23 June 2022)

EMCC appoints Joachim Lee, PBM new Executive Director

The Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre (EMCC) has appointed Joachim Lee, PBM as its new Executive Director, taking over from Dr Jeannie Chiu with effect from 1 January 2022.

“Over these last two years, the pandemic has heightened mental health concerns in Singapore. As EMCC enters its 25th year, Joachim’s extensive experience in clinical work and deep connections to the community will help to drive EMCC in its next phase of growth,” said A/Prof (Dr) Kenny Tan, JP, EMCC Board Chairman.

“I am humbled and honoured by this opportunity to build on the work of my predecessors like Jeannie, to further EMCC’s mission of building psychological resilience and mental wellbeing in Singapore. Together with the Board and the other management team members, we will strive to make EMCC services and programmes even more relevant and responsive to the emotional and mental health needs of our society,” said Lee.

EMCC helps individuals and families manage relational challenges, build emotional resilience, and maintain psychological health through mediation, counselling, training and education.

Joachim Lee joined EMCC in January 2020 2021* as the Deputy Executive Director and Principal Psychotherapist. Prior to that, he was Director of MWS-Tampines Family Service Centre for over 10 years, concurrently serving as the Methodist Welfare Services’ Director of Service Planning and Development from 2015 – 2017. He obtained his Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the University of South Australia and is certified in a broad range of therapies including The Gottman Method of Couple Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neurofeedback Therapy. He has over 20 years of clinical experience working with clients presenting with issues such as addiction, trauma, marital strife, grief and extreme stress at a range of institutions including a residential home for the unhoused and women dealing with alcoholism in Australia, and the National University of Singapore Counselling Centre.

He chairs the Clinical Supervision Board of the Singapore Association of Counselling. He had previously served for three terms as a Member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and is currently a member of the Council’s Committee of Assessors. From 2005 to 2020, he served under three different mayors as a District Councillor in the Northeast Community Development Council. In recognition of his service to Singapore, he was conferred the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat/Public Service Award (PBM) in 2016.

*this correction was made on 23 June 2022

About Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre (EMCC)

EMCC seeks to help individuals and families manage relational challenges, build emotional resilience, and maintain psychological health and mental wellness through counselling and mediation services, as well as training and education programmes. Established in 1997 on the belief that Singaporean society at large benefits from emotionally and psychologically resilient individuals, strong marriages and healthy families, EMCC is a registered charity and full member of the National Council of Social Service.

EMCC is incorporated as Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre Ltd (UEN 201904577Z), a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It is also an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC).

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