A Counselling Clinic

Why The Blue Pencil?

Once upon a time, there lived a story: You.

You are a living, one-of-a-kind manuscript that is constantly being written.

But, you are not a fairy tale. Composed of a perfectly conceived plot and a predictably happy ending. No one is. Far from it: Perhaps, some pivotal chapters in your life began but remain unfinished; some scenes feel uncomfortably unresolved; some crucial words are glaringly missing.

When you re-read those pages, you may feel stuck trying to make sense of an imperfect, sometimes painful, story. And that may make you feel uncertain about how to write the current chapter in your life. In the publishing industry, a blue pencil was traditionally used to edit written text before it was published. Blue was used because the colour did not show up in certain production methods, leaving the published page clean and coherent. This is what inspires our approach to inner healing. You are the primary author of your story, and as counsellors, we offer ourselves as the editor. When you enter into a professional counselling relationship with us, we use this metaphorical blue pencil approach to help you become more aware of your life's storyline. Your past is not carved in stone. With the help of The Blue Pencil, you can rewrite it. And once you do, you can then begin to write the current chapter of your life with greater clarity, confidence, and wisdom.


Shirley has been helping many people since a young age. Her warmth and outgoing personality enable those around her to feel safe confiding in her. She handles various challenging issues in life professionally and, with much empathy. All who have met her found her to be a people-person, comfortable to talk to and very authentic.

She has cross-cultural experiences, having stayed in both the United States of America, and China for a couple of years with her husband and children.  While overseas, she took excellent care of her family, including guiding her two young kids through very different school systems. The fact that both kids are well adjusted and grounded, demonstrates her agility, and capacity to adapt to changing environments and different cultures, without jeopardising the values of a healthy and strong personal and family life. She has used her overseas experience many times to help other families settle into their new environment, including being involved with the Shanghai mothers' network, as well as volunteering at the Shanghai Singapore International School.

When she returned to Singapore with her family in 2012, she saw need in our affluent society, and decided to get herself certified as a professional counsellor so that she could reach out to a greater audience. Today, she holds a Masters of Social Science in Professional Counselling, and a Certificate in Family Therapy. She is a qualified facilitator of Torn Asunder, an affair recovery programme. Shirley also facilitates with the Singapore Prison Services, Drug Rehabilitation Center and the Changi Women's Prison, helping the ladies and the gentlemen there to adopt a healthy thinking pattern. She is also a registered instructor with the Ministry of Education.

Her professional membership includes being a member of the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and is also a provisional clinical member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She also volunteers with the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS)

Shirley’s experiences include helping youth at risk in schools, married couples with married life issues, parent and child relationship, people who have been incarcerated and individuals who struggle to live a healthy emotional life. She adopts the eclectic approach when helping her clients. Instead of asserting strict adherence to one particular therapy or school of thought, she makes use of elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, with the goal of establishing a course that is personally tailored to her client. She believes that each person that comes to her is a unique individual.

The Blue Pencil was set up together with her husband, to provide a safe and conducive place for all who need help and want to seek help.

The Blue Pencil is conveniently located at the Tanglin Shopping Center. 


We all have broken pieces, but inside us, we have the potential to colour the world, to write beautiful stories... once we are unfolded. The Blue Pencil helps you to unfold and discover your inner strength.

  • Husband and Wife Relationship (including recovering from an extramarital affair)
  • Family Issues 
  • Issues with Children, Teenagers and Young Adults 
  • Managing Negative Emotions
  • Managing School/work-related Stress
  • Mindful or Mind Full 
  • Parent and Child Relationship
  • Self-empowerment







What is Counselling?

Many people have a misconception about counselling. They think that counselling is only for people who are in trouble. School children view counselling as being meant only for 'bad' or 'naughty' students.

The late Anthony Yeo (1993), in his book Counselling: A Problem-Solving Approach, gave this definition.

“Counselling is an activity that cannot be done mechanically. It is a human encounter that involves people helping people in a relationship established for this purpose. This relationship is facilitated by the counsellor with skilful responses to engage the client in problem-solving.”

In short, counselling is helping people to help themselves. It is about empowerment. Instead of rewriting a new life story for you, we help you to write your own life story... a better one.


Our Rates

We believe that no one should be denied help, and would like to reach out to all who are seeking for help. Therefore, we have kept our rates affordable.  


1st session (assessment) : S$120 (1.5 hours)
Subsequent  sessions : S$80 for first hour, and $40 for each half hour.

Couple and Family 

 S$150 for 1.5 hours

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Call or text us (Strictly by appointment only)


19 Tanglin Road
#03-49 Tanglin Shopping Center
Singapore 247909