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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.

Our Team

Our Counsellors and Psychotherapists

 shirley  Shirley Woon  

  • Master in Social Science (Professional Counselling)
  • Certificate in Family Therapy
  • Registered Member of Association for Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS)
  • Registered Provisional Clinical Member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
  • Registered trainer with the Ministry of Education (MOE)

Shirley has been helping many people for many years. 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. When she returned to Singapore with her family in 2012, she saw the many needs 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 Master 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 men and women there to adopt a healthy thinking pattern. She offers her counselling services to new students from the Executive Counselling and training Academy (ECTA) and the SIM International Academy. 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),  and 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.

 

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Ann Lui   Ann

  • Master of Arts (Art Therapy)
  • Arts Therapist Registered (AThR)
  • Professional Diploma in Training & Development
  • Registered trainer with the Ministry of Education (MOE)

Ann is our collabrating psychotherapist.  She is an educator, humanitarian and a child art therapist, Ann holds a Master of Arts (Art Therapy) from the LASALLE College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. She is also a registered trainer with MOE (Singapore) and a registered art therapist with The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA).

In the last 15 years, Ann has been involved in training and coaching children and youths in schools and non-profit organisations in Singapore and South East Asia in values-based, lifeskills, leadership and community service programmes. She is uniquely gifted in crafting innovative and creative learning experiences to empower children and youths to make positive life-changing applications for the betterment of self and the community. In art therapy, Ann’s specialised with working with children affected by developmental trauma, crisis & disasters, grief & loss, familial violence, parental divorce, those with special needs, and / or having various social-emotional issues. Ann is often described as a people-person, one who has a genuine heart for others and is competent and committed to all that she does.

Ann believes that some children feel safe in the comfort and familiarity of a home environment. Home based art therapy can be arranged.

 

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  pam    Pamela Lie

  •  Master of Arts (Art Therapy)
  • Arts Therapist Registered (AThR)
  • Registered trainer with the Ministry of Education (MOE)

Pamela holds a Master of Arts (Art Therapy) from the LASALLE College of the Arts with an emphasis in mental health. She is also our collabrating therapist, working with children. She is a registered art therapist with The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA), the professional association for arts therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Pamela also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Pamela’s experiences in working with persons living with long-term mental health illness and youth facing emotional and/or psychological challenges, such as depression, eating disorder, anger issues, self-injurious behavior, suicidal ideation and complex trauma, made her realized the stigmas and prejudices associated with mental health. She believes that listening and bearing witness to each others’ stories through creative expression can be the antidote to fear associated with this journey.

In addition to her professional endeavours, Pamela has also been an active volunteer with a Divorce Support Specialist Agency since 2012. She is privileged to be part of the Big Brother Big Sister program where she has the opportunity to befriend, mentor and provide emotional support for children and adolescents.

Armed with the passion for helping people experience freedom and acceptance through the arts, Pamela hopes to inspire kindness, compassion and genuine empathy to celebrate the diversity of our collective human experience. Every image tells a story, and lives can be changed one image at a time.

 

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Christian Chong Christian

  • Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
  • Diploma of Holistic Counselling in School (Ministry of Education)
  • Certified Reality Therapy practitioner

Christian is our collabrating counsellor/psychotherapist. He believes in journeying with people towards the next better stage of their lives by means of compassionate counselling. His key area of interest lies in youth and family work as he had worked as a school counsellor (Ministry of Education) and Probation Officer (Ministry of Family and Social Development). In addition, Christian has relevant guidance work experiences in youth prison and has volunteered as a church counsellor helping people from all walks of life with their personal and family issues. Christian is equipped with a Diploma of Holistic Counselling at School (Ministry of Education), he holds a Master of  Social Science in Professional Counselling with a specialisation in Family Therapy and is a certified Reality Therapy practitioner. He is currently pursuing a second Master Degree of Social Work (Singapore University of Social Sciences) and looks forward to helping more people in the society using eclectic approaches in Social Work and Psychotherapy.  

 

 

 

 

Services

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 
  • Family Issues
  • Children Issues (4 - 12 years) using Art Therapy  
  • Teenager Issues (13 - 16 years) using Art Therapy
  • Managing Negative Emotions
  • Managing School/work-related Stress
  • Mindful or Mind Full 
  • Parent and Child Relationship
  • Self-empowerment
  • Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the art-making process within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy is recognized as a viable form of therapy in the mental health profession in Singapore. Art therapists may employ a variety of artistic expressions and art mediums, depending on the intentions and experiences of the clients that they are working with. The creative process can help to access the client’s deeper thoughts and feelings and create an outlet for non-verbal expression. The art therapist supports the process of finding meaning in the expression and explores ways to understand and integrate growth in the client.

Some of the benefits of art therapy for children include:
• Better regulation of emotions
• Enhances interpersonal and communication skills
• Nurtures decision-making and problem-solving skills
• Encourages personal growth and well-being
• Fosters self-esteem and the sense of self
• Increases focus and attention-span
• Trains and cultivates social emotional resilience
• Stress and anxiety reduction

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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. Mode of payment : Cash we do appreciate.

Individual

1st session (assessment) : S$120 (1.5 hours)
Subsequent  sessions : S$80 (1 hour)

Couple and Family 

 S$150 for 1.5 hours

Art Therapy

S$120 for 1 hour (including home based therapy, materials and report)

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Thank you for your interest. We have temporarily stopped renting our room. 

Call or text us (Strictly by appointment only)

 

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

9625-5361


Email: info@thebluepencil.sg

 

 

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