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 offers psychotherapy to individuals as well as families on concerns relating to relationship, marriage, career, parenting, lifespan development and psychological well-being. Over the years, he has worked with teenagers, working adults, couples & families and persons with special needs. In addition, he has held many roles in the area of counsellor education and research in the past decade. As a former lecturer with James Cook University (Singapore), he nurtures new counsellors before they enter practice. 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 is elected in his second term as the first Vice-President of the Singapore Association for Counselling. He was Chairman of SAC’s Course Recognition Board from 2014 - 2016 and was the inaugural Chairman of the SAC Registered Counsellors Board that was formed in 2016. 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 in private practice, Hwee Boon still wears many hats, including that of a part time school counsellor, EAP counsellor, external examiner for a counselling course, clinical supervisor, mental wellness speaker and the director of a counselling resource company, CRaETI. 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 expertise 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 is currently an Assistant Director with Viriya Community Services, 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 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.
Celine is a registered counsellor and a clinical supervisor with SAC and ACA. She is the founder of Singapore Personal Counselling Service since 2013. She specializes in family & relationship issues: depression, stress reduction and anger management and dealing with grief and loss. Celine has worked with different age groups and is very versatile in her therapeutic skills to provide a non-judgmental environment for all client consultations. She has also run several workshops with government schools giving parental talks as she is an approved speaker by MSF (Ministry of Social and Family Development). She has also conducted specialised training with the Singapore Prison, Singapore Scouts Association, Institute of Technical Education, Health Promotion Board to name a few. Celine holds a Master In Counselling from Victoria University (Melb), Australia.
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.
Jessica Leong is an Adjunct Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Life & Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She is the Director for Swinburne ECTA Programmes, Singapore. She is also a Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist (BACP, United Kingdom) and (PACFA, Australia) and (SAC, Singapore). She holds a PhD, Counselling Psychology, MA in Counselling and Msc In TA Psychotherapy. Jessica was accorded the Gold Award in the “Excellence in Teaching” Convention. She achieved the distinction of becoming the first certified Transactional Analyst in Singapore and has been the President of the Transactional Analysis Association in Singapore for more than 20 years.
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, specializing in Marital and Family, 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. Her work also includes strengthening marriages and families, single parenting, co-parenting, reducing parental alienation, infidelity recovery, promoting alternative education pathways, depression and anxiety recovery, health and wellness, nature appreciation, work life balance and self-care in championing strengths-based values and advocacy.
Trina Tan currently leads a team as Centre Director of the Whampoa Family Service Centre (WFSC). WFSC works with the community and collaborates with partners mainly within the Whampoa area. She is a SAC Registered Counsellor and Registered Clinical Supervisor. She holds a Master In Counselling Psychology and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education.