The Agape Counselling Sanctuary

About

The Agape Counselling Sanctuary, founded on the truth that ‘Love Never Fails’ [1 Corinthians 13:8], provides a safe place for students to find successful strategies to manage and overcome some issues that may crop up in the life of teenagers.

Located on the 2nd floor, just above the squash courts, students are free to walk in and speak with any one of the 3 full-time school counsellors. Sometimes, students are referred by their concerned teachers and level directors. As the saying goes, ‘a burden shared is a burden halved’. Some burdens that we carry arise from changes, many of which are unexpected and beyond our control. Some of these life changing events may cause us to feel undue stress, anger, anxiety, frustration, sadness, despair, fear, panic and loneliness as we cope with:

  • Adjusting to new expectations, roles and relationships in a new school
  • Changes in family life due to relocation, illness, death,  divorce, unemployment/financial issues
  • Loss of friends, family member, including emotional changes such as loss in self-confidence
  • Sudden changes in mood, sleep patterns and appetite
  • Bullying and abuse
  • Marked changes in academic performance
  • Compulsive and addictive behaviours
  • Learning needs and challenges

We care, and we will help with the burdens that you need not carry alone. You may not be able to change the situation, but certainly, with a new perspective and more understanding, your attitude and response will change for the better. You can be assured that confidentiality will be observed.

ACS Hope

ACS Hope is a project started by class 3.10 of 2010 of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). The aim of this project is to raise awareness of emotional health. In recent years, there has been a rise in instances of teenage depression. Teenage depression can lead to various problems arising in a teenager’s life, including acts as severe as self-hurt or even suicide. Due to our desire to help teenagers in need, we have compiled information from various websites that will serve as resource teenagers can turn to when they have problems.

We would like to thank the ACS (Independent) Counseling Department as well as Ms Suppiah for their invaluable guidance, and also the Senior Administration for their unwavering support and kindness. Last but not least, we would like to thank God, without whom none of these would be possible.   Readings:

Our Team

Director of Counselling

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‘Love Never Fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Come to a haven where  there is Faith, Love and Hope

E-mail: MERVYLN@acsindep.edu.sg

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Senior Counsellor:

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Charlie Ong (MCoun, CSFT, CBC) has been married to his wife for 27 years and has two teenage children. Among his many personal goals, the most important one is to see his children love God. He is currently Senior Counsellor at Agape Counselling Sanctuary. A former youth worker, church minister, school teacher and senior school administrator; Charlie has had counselling experiences at churches, international and independent school. He holds a master’s degree in Professional Counselling, an honours degree in Management, a postgraduate diploma in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and a diploma in Bible & Ministry. Charlie is accredited as a certified therapist (CSFT) by Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC) and a certified behavioural consultant (CBC) by the Institute of Motivational Living, Inc. USA. He volunteers at Methodist Welfare Service as a Befriender, Stepwise Counselling Ministry as a Counsellor, and at a local primary school as School Advisory Committee (SAC) Vice Chairman.

E-mail: charlieong@acsindep.edu.sg

Telephone:  67769522

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School Counselors:

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Chow Oi Har (Ms) believes fervently that her know-how as a School Counsellor is blessed by God.  Through God’s grace, she now holds Master of Social Sciences in Professional Counselling, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and Master of Science in Psychology of Work, University of Leicester, United Kingdom.  She is also a certified therapist in CTRT, William Glasser Institute, the USA.

She keeps herself updated on skills and knowledge pertaining to Counselling and Psychology by attending relevant short courses or workshops, and some of these were Systematic desensitization for managing anxiety, Advanced Empathy:  A creative process, Mindfulness-integrated CBT for crisis intervention and relapse prevention, The psychology of Bipolar Disorder, Train-the-Trainers Smoking Cessation Workshop, Impasses – A structural & developmental understanding, Managing the cancer Patient and many more.

Her learning journey never stops in her work as a counsellor and she will continue to put her learning into good use.

Her email:  chowoihar@acsindep.edu.sg

Her telephone at Agape Counselling Sanctuary:  6773 9513

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Muhammad Hafiz is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from James Cook University and a Master Degree in Education (Leadership, Policy and Change) from Monash University, Australia. Hafiz has been a counsellor for 7 years, and has previously worked with troubled adolescents, school refusal students and children whose parents have been incarcerated. Hafiz is also a Certified Behavioral Consultant (accredited by the Institute for Motivational Living,Inc. USA) and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society with membership conferred by Monash University, Australia.
E-mail: muhdhafiz@acsindep.edu.sg

Tel: 6773 9512

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Teacher-Counsellor & TSN (Teacher Trained in Special Needs):

suseela Ms Suseela Suppiah (Senior Teacher, PCCG, English Language & Literature Dept

E-mail: Suseela@acsindep.edu.sg

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Resources

Mental Health

Self Awareness

Coping with Stress

Cyber Wellness

ADHD

  Emotional Resilience

Relationships

Anxiety

Managing Transition

Resources for teachers and parents

Useful Links

Here are some useful links and resources:

https://www.facebook.com/safety/bullying
Bullying Prevention Hub:  Resources and tools for dealing with bullying behavior and its consequences

https://www.roc-n-ash.com/imheportal/welcome/default.aspx
The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has introduced an interactive web-based portal that allows medical professionals, caregivers, and educators to address two common childhood disorders – Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Childhood Anxiety.

http://www.imh.com.sg/cgc.html
More information on Child Guidance Clinic.

https://www.youthinmind.sg/
Cool and fun interactive website on youth and mental health.

http://www.hpb.gov.sg/mentalhealth/default.aspx
All you need to know about mental health in Singapore.

http://breathe.sg/
Breathe.sg is a youth guide where you’ll find articles, videos, get tips and advice on how to make healthy choices in life.

http://www.audiblehearts.sg/
Audible Hearts is an anonymous, non-judgmental and secure online peer support network for youths, by youths.

http://www.ncld.org/
Information on various learning needs.

http://www.whatbothersyouth.sg
A one-stop web portal that provides youth support information and a directory of services for common issues faced by youth is now available.

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