Executive Committee (2020 – 2022)

A/Prof Dr Frederick Low

BSocSc MSc MAppPsy DProfSt RegCLR CPsychol AFBPsS CMSAC MSPS

A/Prof Frederick Low is a counselling practitioner and educator with over 20 years of experience in the social service and education sectors in Singapore. He has played clinical leadership and management roles in social service agencies, most recently being the Executive Director of Children's Aid Society. At present, Frederick is an Associate Professor of Counselling at James Cook University. He continues to maintain a small but active private practice.

Frederick served the Association in many capacities since 2010. He was Chair for the School & College Counsellors Sub-committee, Register of Counsellors Board, Counsellors Education Board and most recently Co-Chair for the Research & Publications Committee. Outside the Association, he has served on governmental expert panels on family life education and family counselling as well as a university’s Advisory Board on student wellness. In addition, he also supports the work of Ministry-appointed Child Protection Specialist Centres as a member of the multidisciplinary case review teams.

Frederick is a Registered Counsellor, Psychologist and Social Service Practitioner in Singapore, a Chartered Psychologist in the UK and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Andy Lam, MMSAC, RegCLR, RegClinSup, RSW

BSc, MSocSc (Counselling), GDip (Social Work)

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 has been in practice for about 15 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. He was previously the Assistant Director of Viriya Community Services, a social service organisation, focusing on practice evaluation and standards within the organisation, sectoral involvement through the participation of workgroups and training, particularly on the Code of Social Work Practice for Family Service Centres in Singapore. Prior to being elected as Vice President of SAC, Andy has contributed in various capacities in the association for the last 10 years.


Dan has been practising as counsellor in various settings for the past decade. He is trained in Advance Care Planning (ACP) and has been engaging his clientele in End-Of-Life (EOL) discussion as part of his clinical work. Dan has strong interest in working with children and elderly and believes in empowering his clients.

Besides being a counselling practitioner, Dan has been providing individual, group supervision and case consultations. Dan is a SAC registered counsellor/supervisor and a Master Clinical Member. He is also a professional member with American Counselling Association and is registered as Level 4 member/ Clinical Supervisor with Australia Counselling Association (ACA).

Currently, Dan serves as the 2nd Vice-President of the Singapore Association for Counselling and had contributed previously as Assistant Hon Secretary (2016-2018), Co-opted Member (2014-2016).

Hema Gurnani (Ms)

MA(Counselling) GDip (Education) Dip (Child Psychology) RegCLR, RegClinSup, MMSAC & SW-Practitioner (SASW)

Hema is the Co-founder and Director for AppleTree Counselling Pte Ltd. Prior to this, she was the Head of WINGS Counselling Centre. Equipped with 23 years of clinical experience in the social service sector, she has extensive experience with local and expatriate children, youths, and their families. As a systemic family therapist she is well-versed in working with a variety of family and couple related issues, and goes the extra mile in supporting divorce and divorcing families, single parents, and their children. For more than a decade she has also been a practicing clinical supervisor, an educator, and a lecturer, with her passion residing in grooming interns, budding community counsellors, and MOE practitioners.

She has served the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) in the ‘Community Counsellor Sub-Comm’, ‘Counsellors Education Board’, ‘Register Board’, and is currently serving as the Honorary Secretary.

Xiao Li En (Ms)

MCouns, RegCLR, CMSAC, CCTP

Li En is a Clinical Member and Registered Member of Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She holds a Master in Counselling (Monash University), a degree majoring in psychology and sociology (Monash University), and diplomas in special needs (National Institute of Education) and dyslexia studies (Dyslexia Association of Singapore). Li En has 15 years of experience working in the social service, education, and health sectors as a practitioner, mentor, and supervisor. She has worked with people of various age groups who face challenges due to family conflicts, academic stress, mental health, special needs, trauma, financial and blood cancer. Currently, Li En is working at Hwa Chong Institution (College) as a school counsellor.

Au Hoi Ting

MSW (SUSS), SDipCouns (NYP), BPsych(Hons) (JCU), SAC RegCLR, CMSAC, SASW RegSW

Hoi Ting has 10 years of experience working in the social service sector. She has a Specialist Diploma in Counselling and Masters in Social Work. She is currently an assistant senior social worker with Sengkang Family Service Centre. She also had 7 years of experience as a counsellor in AWWA Family Service Centre.

Hoi Ting is both a SAC Registered Counsellor and SASW accredited Social Worker. She does casework and counselling, supporting families facing challenges on various issues ranging from family conflicts, family violence, child protection, mental health and trauma issues. She also provides clinical supervision for novice colleagues.

She specializes in using Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM), an experiential approach to enhance her work with individuals and multi-stressed families. Hoi Ting is under training as an Assistant Leader with Therapeutic Spiral International.

Hoi Ting is also a volunteer with other non-profit organisations that support the wellbeing of children and youths.

Lydia is a PEAKS People Analytics & Management Consultant with the Research Communication International. With over 20 years of experience in both Organisational / Corporate and Developmental Therapeutic domains, Lydia holds a Master of Social Science in Counselling from University of South Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Massey University, NZ.

As a PEAKS Master-Trainer & Supervisor to PEAKS Consultants, Lydia strives to constantly adapt & apply the PEAKS People Analytics & Profiling Technology across vast spectrums of Professional, Educational & Personal domains for positive & significant impact on lives & communities.

Lydia firmly upholds the belief that it is critical to move beyond theoretical & traditional paradigms to constantly evolve & improve professional & industry-relevant best practices that are culture specific & contextually relevant to individuals, organisations & communities. Lydia has trained leaders at all levels across industries, locally & regionally. These include Corporate, MNCs, SMEs, government bodies, educational institutions & social communities. She regularly conducts programs in the areas of Leadership Development, Corporate & Professional Coaching & Mentoring, Strategic Planning & Deployment, Career Development, Counselling & Supervision, Marriage/Family Therapy & Life Coaching, etc.

Lydia's professional experiences are steeped in Clinical Practice & the Training & Supervision of Counsellors. She was the Clinical Director, Supervisor & Lecturer for a MA Counselling program, where she directed & developed courses on Human Development, Counselling Skills & Practice and Clinical Practicum & Ethics. Lydia was also an educational psychologist and developmental therapist at a Developmental Clinic for children & families, and a mental health counsellor at the Mount Elizabeth Behavioural Charter. A Clinical Member of the Singapore Association for Counselling, Lydia served as the Hon. Secretary of the Executive Committee (2008 – 2012) and has been newly appointed as Asst. Hon. Treasurer in 2020.

An enthusiast in community outreach, Lydia champions the belief that children, youth & young adults be given the specialised resources to discover their natural potential, in order to establish their pride of place in the society of their choice - to maximise potential and value add. An active participating contributor to society, Lydia has always been passionate and availed herself in areas of Counselling, Children-Teen Development, Mentoring for Marriage & Parenting and Social Engagement efforts such as public seminars and radio interviews.

Carolyn Lim

MC(Monash), MSW(SUSS), SAC RegCLR, CMSAC, SASW RegSW, SACEXCO, SACCEB, SACMSC

Counsellor Care Corner Counselling Centre Specializing in Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM) as Co-Trainer, supporting people in Mental Health, Trauma and Group Therapy for several years with creative humanistic experiential and expressive approaches that enhance people’s lives.

Prior to this, she was with Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and AWWA Family Service Centre.

Dr. Joyce Chan is a Master Clinical Member and Registered Clinical Supervisor with Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She is a Registered Social Service Practitioner with Singapore Social Work Association (SASW), an Associate Licensed Minister with The Assemblies of God of Singapore and a Professional Member with Association of Christian Counsellors (ACCS). Dr. Joyce has over 20 years of experience working in the social sector; directly with clients and at management level. She works in the Public Service, is an adjunct lecturer and clinical supervisor with schools offering Post-graduate diploma and Master programmes.

Jenny Giam Xiuhui

SAC RegCLR, SAC RegClinSup, SASW RSSP, APSAC CSAC, ICF PCC

Jenny Giam Xiuhui holds a Master of Social Science (Counselling). She is also an Accredited Mediator with Singapore Mediation Centre At present, she is employed as an Assistant Clinical Director by Singapore Management University. She involves in various volunteerism; Singapore Army Forces Volunteer Corps as an Auxiliary Counsellor, Singapore Police Force as a Victim Care Officer and National Care Hotline as a Duty Care Officer. In addition, she is also appointed by Ministry of Social and Family Development as a member of the Review Committee (Welfare Homes).

Being in the social service sector for more than a decade, she has worked in diverse settings, ranging from family service centre, children’s residential home, Singapore Prison Service, Family Justice Courts to mental health institution. Through these various work settings, it has given her the opportunity to gain counselling and case management experiences in handling cases with complex issues such as child protection, family violence, mental health, financial, martial, addiction and offending behaviours.

Saravanakannan Ganapathi

MSocSci (Counselling), PhD, CMSAC

Kannan has been in counselling practice for more than 13 years working in various educational settings in public service. He was appointed to various leadership roles since 2013 and currently is working in a post-secondary institution. Prior to his counselling career, he worked in operational and managerial capacity in local and multi-national engineering organisations based in Singapore.

Kannan has been a member of SAC since 2008 and has served in sub-committee for over five years previously. He is a Certified Master Solution Focused Practitioner and has a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. He is a trained in facilitation of community programmes that promote dialogue across differences and has volunteered as a facilitator at various dialogue sessions including those at national events such as Harmony Works! conferences. He is a Life member of Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).