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Michelle Koay, SJII High School Counsellor

Michelle started out her professional journey as an engineering officer in RSAF (Republic of Singapore Air Force) in 2001. Due to her interest in working with people, she became a paracounsellor with the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) in 2003 and had several opportunities to use her lay counselling skills to work with numerous men and women in the military. She went on to obtain her post-graduate degree in Master of Social Science (Counselling) with Edith Cowan University in 2006 and embarked on her journey as a counsellor. Michelle worked as a counsellor in SCC (Singapore Armed Forces Counselling Centre) till mid-2011 and went on to work in one of the top Secondary school in Singapore, Raffles Girls’ School. She has worked with a range of individuals, couples and families, addressing psychological issues like stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm, eating disorder; interpersonal issues like difficulties in adjusting to a new environment, friendship issues, bullying, relationship problems, marital conflict and challenging dynamics in the family. Her journey in SJII started in 2016 and her role is to support the pastoral needs of the school community, in collaboration with the teachers and parents.

 

Michelle's approach has been largely influenced and inspired by Irvin Yalom, one of the "giants" in the field of psychotherapy. She has extensive training in various therapeutic modalities but her inclination would be to work with clients using emotion-focused, experiential and expressive approaches. Hence, her approach is very flexible and eclectic because she believes that every individual is unique and it would be impossible to expect that there is a fixed formula for any problems encountered.

 

Michelle is a registered counsellor (since 2008) and clinical supervisor (since 2012) with SAC (Singapore Association for Counselling), and also a Certified Family Trauma Professional (since 2017) accreditated by ITTP (International Trauma Training Institute). She is currently pursuing an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health at King's College London.

 

E-mail: michelle.koay@sji-international.com.sg

Book an appointment: https://michellekoay.youcanbook.me

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