Executive Committee (2020 – 2022)
Dr Low 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 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 contributes to the teaching of counselling and psychology at several institutes of higher learning. He also serves on editorial boards and scientific committees of scholarly journals and conferences. Dr Low is currently the Executive and Clinical Director of one of the oldest charities in Singapore, operating a residential home for children & young persons and a community-based counselling and psychological service centre.
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. An SAC Registered Counsellor and Registered Clinical Supervisor, Andy is also a Registered Social Worker and DISC-certified human behaviour consultant. 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. 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. Prior to being elected as Vice President of SAC, Andy has contributed in various capacities in the association for the last 10 years. Outside work, Andy lectures on an adjunct basis.
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.
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).
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 immediate past President of the Singapore Association for Counselling (2016-2020). Sam was also awarded the Fellow Member status at the SAC AGM 2020 for his contributions to the counselling profession in Singapore and his many years of service in SAC.
Starting his counselling practice since the late 1980s, Sam had further training in psychology and marriage, family, and child counselling. He is a practicing family therapist, child counsellor, a sandplay practitioner, and a certified master addiction therapist. He is a clinical member of the Association for Marital and Family Therapy (Singapore), a Founding Board Member of the Asia Pacific Certification Board (APCB), which certifies addiction therapists in Asia, Adviser to the Association for Christian Counselling (Singapore), and Board Member of the Asian Christian Counselling Association.
Sam is an ordained preacher with the Assemblies of God of Singapore.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Xiao Li En is a SAC registered counsellor who holds a Master's in Counselling (Monash University), a degree majoring in psychology and sociology, and diplomas in special needs and dyslexia studies.
Li En has experience working with people who face challenges due to family conflicts, academic stress, mental health issues, special needs, trauma and blood cancer.