Executive Committee (2018 – 2020)
Sam Kuna is the Dean of the School of Counselling and an Associate Professor at TCA College, a multi-disciplinary Christian college pioneered by the Trinity Christian Centre, Singapore. Sam is a SAC Registered Counsellor and Registered Clinical Supervisor and elected in his second term as the President of the Singapore Association for Counselling (2018-2020). Starting his counselling practice since the late 1980s, Sam had further training in psychology as well as marriage, family and child counselling. He is a practicing family therapist, child counsellor, a sandplay practitioner, as well as a certified master addiction therapist. He is a clinical member of the Association for Marital and Family Therapy (Singapore), Founding Board Member of the Asia Pacific Certification Board (APCB), which certifies addiction therapists in Asia. Sam is an ordained preacher with the Assemblies of God of Singapore.
Frederick has held many roles in counsellor education and research in the past decade. As an adjunct faculty with several institutes of higher learning, he contributes to the teaching of counselling and psychology. For those in the field, he is a supervisor, consultant and at times, a trainer. He also serves on editorial boards and scientific committees of scholarly journals and conferences in counselling and psychology. Frederick presently serves as the Vice-President of the Singapore Association for Counselling. He holds the portfolio as Chairman of SAC’s Course Recognition Board from 2014 - 2020 and is now working with stakeholders in the field in reviewing the local counsellor education landscape and the future of SAC’s role in course recognition and regulation. Frederick is a SAC Registered Counsellor and Registered Clinical Supervisor. He is also a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society.
Trained as a scientist, Hwee Boon had been a researcher, technical specialist, involved in theatre and translation work at various stages of her life before starting her counselling journey as a school counsellor in 2007. Currently the Assistant CEO of the Executive Counselling and Training Academy (ECTA), Hwee Boon still maintains her private practice and her counselling resource company and does clinical supervision. She is a SAC Registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. She was a subcommittee member with SAC and had been involved in initiating liaison in Professional Indemnity coverage, implementing SAC membership cards, writing SAC newsletter and The Savvy Therapist as well as organised SAC new member orientation sessions, SAC Self-Care initiatives, and helped to implement the first SAC Symposium in 2015. Hwee Boon believes strongly in community involvement and collaboration to reach out to people in need in the greater society.
Andy has worked in the social service sector for more than 10 years. His areas of interest include the provision of casework services and clinical supervision, improving standards of practice through practice evaluation, and training and organisational development. An SAC Registered Counsellor and Registered Clinical Supervisor, as well as a Registered Social Worker and DISC-certified human behaviour consultant, Andy is also choice theory / reality therapy certified. He was previously the Assistant Director of a voluntary welfare organisation, focusing on practice evaluation and standards within the organisation, sectorial involvement through the participation of workgroups and training, particularly around the Code of Social Work Practice for Family Service Centres in Singapore. Andy is currently a Senior Court Family Specialist with the Family Justice Courts, focusing on family dispute resolution work, extending from his strong belief in systemic principles. Andy holds a degree in Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Social Work from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly known as SIM University), in addition to a Bachelor of Science with the National University of Singapore.
Silvia Wetherell is a counsellor practicing at a private Obstetric clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. Silvia has a special interest in maternal mental health, helping her clients work through pre and postpartum depression and anxiety, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, difficulties with bonding, relationship adjustment, anger management and early parenting issues. Silvia is a Postpartum Support International Coordinator and Co-founder and facilitator of the free support group for mothers, Mindful Mums. Having been trained in London and with a Masters from Monash University, Silvia practices integratively from a humanistic perspective and incorporates mindfulness and EMDR in her counselling approach. Silvia is a SAC Registered Counsellor and also a Professional Member of ACBS (Association for Contextual Behavioural Science) and WAIMH (World Association of Infant Mental Health).
Audrey is a lawyer by training, a registered and clinical member of SAC and a sand play therapist. She has a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Arts in Counselling and Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. She is trained and experienced in the use of counselling micro skills and has extensive experience in sand play therapy. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at TCA College and has a wide experience working with, training and supervising counselling students. She has extensive work experience as a legal adviser in corporate work and also advised company board members in public listed companies. She has previous experience working as a counsellor. Currently, Audrey has her own private practice, Peaceful Change Counselling, as its founder and owner. She has worked with families, couples, adult individuals, adolescents and children. She deals mostly with very complex issues across a broad range of concerns. Audrey contributed an extensive amount of time and expertise as a co-opted member of the SAC Code of Ethics Review Committee. In a joint effort with the committee, she helped draft the SAC Code of Ethics. She envisions SAC to be at the forefront of the counselling and psychotherapy profession and hopes to see the impactful presence of SAC in the community.
Hoi Ting has 8 years of experience working in the social service sector. She has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Master in Social Work. She had worked 7 years as a counsellor in AWWA Family Service Centre and is currently a social worker with Sengkang Family Service Centre. As both an SAC Registered Counsellor and SASW accredited Social Worker, Hoi Ting works with individuals and multi-stressed families who face various issues such as depression, strained family relationships, parenting issues, family violence, and other intra and interpersonal issues. She has also conducted groupwork for children and workshops to support families in enhancing family relationships. Hoi Ting is also an active volunteer with two non-profit organisations that run specialised programmes for children and families.
Carolyn is a SAC registered Counsellor, a SASW registered Social Worker, and an AMFT Associate Member. She holds a Master in Counselling (Monash University) and a Master in Social Work (SUSS). She is currently with Care Corner Counselling Centre. Mainly supporting people in Mental Health, Trauma and Group Therapy for several years with creative humanistic experiential and expressive approaches that enhance the lives of people. Prior to this, she was with Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and AWWA Family Service Centre.
Trina currently is a senior lecturer with Republic Polytechnic and was leading the team as Centre Director of Whampoa Family Service Centre (WFSC). She is a SAC Registered Counsellor and Registered Clinical Supervisor. She is also a Master Clinical Member with SAC. She holds a Master in Counselling Psychology.
Jenny Giam Xiuhui holds a Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the University of South Australia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from James Cook University. In addition, she is a certified Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation. Jenny is also a SAC Registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor and a Registered Social Service Practitioner with SASW. Jenny has 12 years of working experience in the social service sector. She has worked with families and individual with complex issues ranging from child protection and behavioural issues, family violence, mental health, financial and martial. At present Jenny works as a Correctional Rehabilitation Specialist at Singapore Prison Services. Jenny also involves in volunteer work with Singapore Army Forces Volunteer Corps as an Auxiliary Counsellor.
Hema is a registered Master Member of SAC. After 22 years of clinical practice in the social service sector, she has recently started her private practice in clinical counselling, supervision and training. Trained in Child Psychology and Counselling, she has done extensive and intensive work with children, youths and families. As a Family & Systemic therapist with basic training in mediation she is driven by her passion to work with straightforward and complex couple issues, divorce and divorcing families and single parents and their children. As a Clinical Supervisor since 2007 she has been supervising trainee counsellors from the Executive Training and Counselling Academy, James Cook University, Southern Queensland, Australia and Kaplan-Monash University. She enjoys guiding budding practitioners planning to starting out in their counselling career, as well as advance practitioners seeking to maintain their Registered Counsellor or Clinical Supervisor status. Additionally, she lectured at James Cook University and ECTA, most often teaching basic and advance courses on Counselling Theories and Ethics. She is an accredited play, sand tray and symbol work therapist under ‘Expressive Therapies – Institute of Australia, a registered Social Work Practitioner under Singapore Association for Social Work and she has administrated Home Study Reports for the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She is involved in SAC since 2016 as a member at ‘Community Counsellor Sub-Com’ & the ‘Counsellors Education Board’ and an Exco member at the ‘Singapore Association for Counselling’. She was also the Honorary Treasurer from 2016-2018. Hema holds a degree in Master of Counselling from Southern Queensland Australia & Postgraduate degree in Education from Monash University and a Diploma in Child Psychology from UK.