We provide counselling services to youths between 13 to 25 years of age. We help those with mental health issues, and personal or interpersonal challenges in their lives.
Counselling is a journey into self-exploration and self-awareness. We allow our clients to decide how they wish to use the sessions and we provide the guidance they need to get to where they want to go. Taking the first step to ask for help is always the hardest and we hope to able to provide you with the support you need when you decide to do so.
If you/someone you know needs help, you can call us at 6281 1866 or email our counsellor, Denise, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be able to do an initial assessment (free of charge) for you/your friend.
We have worked with youths with the following issues: abuse and trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, self-harm and suicide ideation. We work with parents and families to help resolve communication issues, past hurts and conflict management.
The charges for our counselling services are S$50.00 per session
If you require financial assistance, we will subsidise your fees to $5 per session.
Yes. Sometimes we understand that getting your child to seek help is challenging. We can see the parents first to help you learn ways of engaging your child better and eventually getting him/her to seek help too.
Yes you do. As long as you start seeing us before you turn 26 years old, you still qualify for our age range. For those who are just above the age of 25 years old, please do write to us or call us and we will advise you from there.
Megan (not client’s actual name) is 24. She has bipolar disorder and her mood is easily triggered by stress at school/work. In 2018, she started full time employment again after 2 years of focusing on recovering from her mental health condition. After about 2 months of working, Megan started to experience depression and had strong thoughts of wanting to leave her job.
However, this was not possible as she needed income to pay for her rent and necessities. This stress left her feeling helpless and stuck. After several sessions of counselling to manage her expectations at work, coping strategies to manage her mood better, as well as working through her relationships with her life partner, she eventually got through her struggles and eventually found a job that was less stressful and demanding.
Megan is now doing well and is planning to get married by 2020, we are so happy to celebrate with her 🙂 .
ACE STAR was established in February 2014 and is a support programme in partnership with schools and community partners. We aim to help youths cope with emotional and/or psychological issues through counselling.
Yes, in fact all of the schools we work with already have their in-house counsellors. We come in to support the counsellors in their caseload and allow the flexibility to work with the students’ families as well.
Our counsellors have a Post-graduate Diploma or a Masters in Counselling as well as relevant experience working with youths.
Kady (not actual student’s name) was introduced to our counsellor as she struggled with making friends in school.
She would be very anxious about making her friends upset and had trouble focusing in school because of these issues. She also had alot of expectations of herself and others.
After about half a year, she is coping better in school and now discovered that she is contented with just 1-2 close friends instead of trying to get along in a bigger group of friends. She is also more confident of herself and even took on a leadership position in an after school programme!
We provide clinical supervision to practicing counsellors as well as interns. Supervision allows us to identify our blindspots and analyse our cases on a deeper level. Our supervisors are registered under the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and follow the ethical standards set by SAC.
Our Supervision Hours (only by appointment)
Last Saturday of the month: 11.00am-2.00pm
The charges for our supervision services are:
Individual: S$50.00 per session of 90 minutes
Group: S$90.00 per session of 90 minutes (max group of 3 persons)
As long as you are in the field of working with youths with emotional, behavioural or mental health issues, you are welcome to seek supervision for your work with us.
Yes, you are able to do so. Our supervisors are recognised by SAC.
We conduct customized workshops to psychoeducate and enhance mental wellness. We have experience conducting psychoeducation talks on depression, anxiety and self-harm. We have also provided workshops for youth workers or mentors who wish to build on their skills to communicate with youth with mental health.
It depends on the topic of the workshop. We are able to cater for small groups of about 10 people to about 50 participants per workshop.
Yes. However, it depends on availability of the dates as well as size of the group of people this talk is catered for. It is best to contact us early so that we are able to accommodate to your needs.
Our rates vary from $50 to $100 per hour. However, there may be additional charges if you require us to customise a talk/workshop for your school/organisation.
“The workshop was relevant to me as I am a peer support leader in my school. Through the workshop, I was able to learn how to encourage and support my friends more effectively.
I learnt the importance of listening or just being there for someone when they have a problem to share with you. I found it good that we were given time to interact and discuss the given situations with the other people attending the workshop. This allowed us to be open about our opinions and is a platform for better learning as well!”
– Eliora, Participant of Helping Peers with Anxiety Workshop
Our team comprises experienced counsellors with clinical counselling training
Ms Denise Yap
Programme Manager, Counselling/ Counsellor
Registered SAC Counsellor
Masters in Social Science (Counselling), Swinburne University
Bachelors in Arts (Psychology), National University of Singapore
Post Graduate Certificate in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
With more than 7 years of experience in counselling, Denise has transformed the lives of youths and their families. She has worked with youths that have suffered from depression, anxiety, socialising issues and family conflicts. She also has experience dealing with suicide, self-harm and eating disorders.
Denise uses her skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and her training in Satir to help youths work through their issues and empowers them to develop skills to grow in self-esteem and confidence.
Counselling services conducted are in accordance with the professional and ethical codes of practice.
Mrs Tomomi Wong Hiraide
Masters in Pastoral Counselling, Singapore Bible College
Bachelors in Education and Psychology, Aoyama Gakuin University
Tomomi has more than 10 years of counselling experience with Japanese clinics, churches and mission organisations, and Social Service Agencies. She has worked with both youths and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and family and marriage issues.
She is married to Pastor John YK Wong from Calvary Baptist Church and a mother of three boys. Tomomi currently works at OMF International as the Member Care Coordinator.