Counseling and Mentoring
Counselling. What is it about?
To be used by God as the human outlet to render emotional support to those who are in crisis or progressing toward life transitions.
To provide quality therapeutic services and consultancy via counselling, training and development to the community at large.
♥ To empower and equip our counsellees with the necessary skills to be better managers of their lives.
♥ To promote overall mental and physical wellbeing of our counsellees.
♥ To leverage on our expertise to assist our counsellees to discover their strengths and potential.
♥ To provide an opportunity for education to the masses who are keen to acquire an additional skillset to value add their personal and social life.
What is Counselling?
Being part of today’s complex and dynamic society, we are exposed to various types of experiences that may be difficult for us to cope with. While this is part and parcel of life - we managed to get by it most of the time, there might be instances when we ceased to move on due to an unexpected event or situation that we lack the resources to sort things out.
It is not unusual that we seek out probable options by sharing our burdens with family members and friends or anyone who are within our reach. However, should the resolution be futile or insufficient, or there is no suitable person we could approach, or we are just too ashamed or embarrassed to share with people what is bothering us, counselling may be the next possible resource you could consider.
The counsellor comes into the picture as an empathetic listener who will work together with you to find the best possible ways to understand and resolve your problem. We firmly believe that everyone is born with the ability to cope with their problems. This aligns with our mission statement - our role as a counsellor is to empower and equip our counsellees to be better managers of their lives.
In its essence, counselling is a therapeutic relationship between a counsellor and a counsellee. This special relationship could involve two persons or sometimes more when it comes to group therapy. The main objective of counselling is to help counsellees understand their situations, allowing them personal space to air and clarify what they think, assist them to come up with self-formulated goals, and determining their final resolutions to resolve their presenting issues. It represents an arena for support, reflection and renewal – an intervention that is unique in its own way.
Who is Suitable to Attend Counselling?
Counselling is a universal intervention that is suitable for all ages - from children as young as 5 years old, adolescents and adults all the way to the elderly community.
When should you seek a Counsellor?
Of the late, are you at the crossroad, not knowing where you could move on? Or are you struggling with a relationship that had caused you sleepless nights? Have you been feeling low or even losing your sense of direction in life? Have you come across any difficult situations that had left you feeling anxious, stressed up, angry, frustrated or depressed? If you have encountered some of these complex feelings that has affected your daily functioning, perhaps it’s time for you to consider seeking counselling as the initial line of help. Counselling can also be seen as an alternative avenue to gain insights and understanding into difficult situations that lead to your distress.
Types of difficulties may include (but not limited to):
♥ Career related
♥ Complicated feelings
♥ Coping with life transitions/changes
♥ Decision making
♥ Health related issues
♥ Lack of motivation
♥ Loss of direction
♥ Low self-esteem
♥ Negative emotions
♥ Relationship issues
♥ Any other issues that are bothering you.
Benefits of Counselling
There are numerous benefits that counselling can present. They can be measured in terms of:
♥ One’s ability to better manage or cope with their problems
♥ Self-discovery and healing
♥ An increase in self-confidence and sense of genuiness
♥ Personal development, growth and maturity
♥ Overcoming negative feelings with positive thinking
♥ Increase in motivation
♥ Demonstrated resilience to handle difficult situations
♥ Appreciation of living in the “here and now” - enjoying every moment despite of difficult circumstances
♥ Sharpening one’s ability to make wise choices
Counselling is a bonus and remedy to effective living.
What we offer?
We are open to possibilities of conducting individual or group therapies and training workshops for individuals who are keen to learn more about counselling.
Pastor Carrine’s Biography
Pastor Carrine holds a Master in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. Before she formally enters into ministry, she was with the financial sector for 13 years. Her experience in Christian ministry stems from 2010 during her residency in Norway together with her husband who was posted there on business. She was involved in the women’s ministry and bible study groups within the branch of the Stavanger International Church (SIC). Her passion and interest for people who are emotionally distressed had driven her to pursue post graduate qualification in counselling. She hopes to use her knowledge to benefit those who approach her for help.
At the moment, Pastor Carrine conducts counselling classes and provides face-to-face consultancy to children, youths and adults at TCC Singapore. She is also available for group therapy, training and education should there be a demand.
She defines her greatest achievement as being able to witness her counsellees’ appreciation for the benefits of counselling as they are enjoy the fruits reaped from the process. She desires to see them grow while learning to effect positive changes in their lives.
Pastor Carrine is contactable at +65 9090 1894 should you wish to schedule an appointment with her.
“I like to talk to auntie Carrine because I can tell her my secrets. She helps me understand myself better. I look forward to see her every session.”
~ EL, 8 years old
“I like the sessions with auntie Carrine very much. The way that auntie Carrine talks makes me feel that I can talk to her on anything that I want. We always work things out together. In our sessions, she did lot of things that really help like creating my own “cool down” box, which consists of ways to cool myself down when I am angry. We discussed about the consequences of getting to the extreme. I learn that whenever I am angry, there are things that I can do to manage my anger. In the past, I got angry easily and that has affected my relationship with people. After some sessions with auntie Carrine, I’ve changed and I could control my anger better. A few weeks later, I got used to my good habits and was not easily angry again. I learn to reflect and make possible changes to my behavior. Overall, the counseling from auntie carrine has benefitted me a lot so if you feel you need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to get a counselor to tell your problems.”
~ ES, 10 years old
“Auntie Carrine speaks to me kindly and she helps me understand my parents. She helps me to analyze my circumstances so I don’t feel stress and depress. I have learned to exercise self-control. I enjoy every sessions with auntie Carrine and also hope that my friends will take her counseling too.”
~ EG, 10 years old
“Ps Carrine is a very helpful and patient lady. She is always there when I need someone to talk to especially when I am down. I had found my life directions when I’m struggling to pull myself out of depression. Sometimes it may hurt me a lot while going through the pain but she always reminds me that she will be there to lend a listening ear and support me. I am super thankful and blessed to have met Ps Carrine as my counselor.”
~ MK, 15 years old
Ps Carrine has impacted me much, is always comfortable for me to talk to her knowing that she is there for me to guide me when I am in need. She helped me find directions and goals in life and studies. She also helped me to overcome things that I find hard to do. Counseling with Ps Carrine has always been helpful and has benefitted me a lot, being super patient knowing that it can be hard for me to open up. I am grateful for Ps Carrine for making time to be there for me despite her busy schedule.
~ CC, 14 years old
“Carrine has attained a high level of professionalism and she personally surprises me with her down-to-earth attitude. During each counseling session, Carrine looks carefully at my strengths and weaknesses, helps me to analyze my situations and motivates me to make changes that help to resolve my issues. She does her best in making a difference in my life. Thank you Carrine.”
~ CN, 20 years old
“Every time I meet up with Ps Carrine, I will never leave the sessions feeling down. She always has words of encouragement that will meet my point of needs. Thank God for letting me meet such a nice and caring person like her! Even till now, I still talk to her from time to time and she will also check on me. I appreciate it very much.”
~ YN, 22 years old
“Carrine is a highly competent and effective counselor who listens patiently with her heart. She puts me completely at ease and I am able to share openly with her. She is clear minded and objective in her counseling yet I know she cares for me. She helps me see the issue on hand more positively. Her relentless encouragement and affirmation goes a long way.”
~ EH, 47 years old
“The journey with Carrine has been a wonderful one. Carrine is observant and analytical. She listens with empathy and understands my needs very well. Her passion for people has placed her on a good stead as a counselor. I learn a lot from her.”
~ GD, 24 years old