SSEW Recommended Therapists

A selection of therapists and counsellors, recommended by YOU, our members

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At counsellingconnectz, it’s our passion and wish to creating a safe place for our clients to find autonomy, empowerment, independence, direction and balance in their lives and relationships. We are committed to every individual and couple, using a broad range of techniques. Whatever your challenge is, we are here to provide you with emotional and mental support on your journey.

All our counsellors are Certified Master Practitioners registered with APACS (Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors of Singapore), SAC (Singapore Association of Counsellors) and/or ANZICA (Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellor Association) and a variety of memberships according to their special interest (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Coaching, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, Fertility, Gottman’s Couples Therapy, Grief & Loss, Hypnobirthing, Hypnotherapy, PTSD, Sleep disorder, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Trauma).

We run an Infertility Support Group, conduct specific training for couples undergoing fertility treatments as well as certification trainings for professionals. Our study research results have been presented at international medical conferences.



Leonardo Talpo

The Business of Marriage

Since 2004 my passion has been helping married couples to live a more meaningful and fulfilling individual and family life. More than 400 couples of different cultures, with their stories, have equipped me with countless of insights and knowledge that helped the building of my applying marriage counselling model. My Intersystem tailor-made Model of the Marriage creates a sustainable breakthrough in the struggling couples, helping them organically progress and re-design the relationship they always wished.

Often, marriage deteriorates to the point of no return before partners even decide that something must be done. Waiting does not help improve your marriage, very often is too late! Successful couples develop through a continuous process of self-study, education, trust, respect, commitment, love, experience, forgiveness and a sustainable healthy intimacy.

Love and romance is what we all long for, but make no mistake, in The Business of Marriage, marriage is work!



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The Relational & Tree of Life

Kimi has trained extensively in traditional counselling models and modern emotional health methodologies. Having lived in Singapore for 20 years, she offers therapy and emotional support to a culturally diverse local and expat population.

Over the last 10 years, Kimi has been committed to supporting families of ‘differently-abled’ children and with children coping with behavioural challenges. She provides counselling to individuals experiencing Gender Dysphoria, families and individuals needing Relational Counselling and therapy for couples in distress. With her complimentary skills and an intuitive, empathetic and solution-focused approach, Kimi helps people come through debilitating conditions like depression and anxiety and build stress management skillsets.

Her training includes workshops in Trauma Therapy, Addiction and Art Therapy and as an avid artist herself, also incorporates Art Therapy elements in her counseling practice. 

In 2017, after a personal experience with Cancer, Kimi founded Tree of Life, which also offers counseling and coaching to people going through a Cancer diagnosis and their families. With cancer statistics on the rise, there is an urgent need for counseling support that works in synergy with mainstream treatment enabling more effective treatment outcomes and helping reduce disease relapse. 


ReDefine Wellness

ReDefine Wellness is an integrated wellness boutique. We help you manage your physical, emotional and spiritual health by working with your subconscious mind. It can help release old energetic blocks, belief patterns or emotions that do not serve you. Areas in which Regression therapy and Hypnotherapy are used:

• Troubling behaviour and attitude patterns that have persisted over time, despite attempts to change

• Relationship dynamics that seem to have a life of their own

• Phobias – intense fears, such as fear of heights or fear of water, that seem unconnected to an experience in the current life

• Chronic physical ailments, sensations and pains

• Dominant attitudes or emotions that seem to persist

• Ingrained beliefs such as: “Leave me alone”, “No one understands me”, “Life isn’t fair”, “I have to do it alone”

• Clear emotional stress, trauma and emotional issues

• Managing feelings of anxiety or depression

• Seeking to find meaning or purpose of life 



Marcia Capon


I support you navigating stressful situations, including Covid 19 issues, particularly family dynamics. Always calm, whether it’s a blip in life or a major crises. Experienced: fostering teens, consulting to schools, supporting through divorce, abuse, special needs, self-harm/suicidal.

“Having Marcia to call on as a mental health resource has facilitated clients facing daily life and saved lives due to compassion, expertise and the network of highly experienced experts she has built up.” Dr Gareth Ruse

“Inspirational, courageous and great at connecting with children and young people. These were my initial observations working with Marcia Capon. She also has a great capacity to inspire adult and other professionals to be child-focused. I consider her to be a highly qualified, experienced and capable professional within the education and welfare sectors.” Chris Gould, Global Child Protection Consultant, Retired Detective Chief Superintendent UK Police.

Recommended by: Tanya Strinich, Santha Sreedharan, Rachel Landau


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Counseling Perspective

Dr. Glenn Graves has been counselling expatriate families in Southeast Asia since 2004.

Glenn holds a PhD in Psychology with specialisation in Creativity and Existential-Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy and believes that being creatively adaptive is an essential component in healing. His Master’s Degree focused on healing approaches for victims of human trafficking. This laid the foundation for a career focused on healing trauma and communities in crisis. He specialises in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing) which is effective in replacing any negative self-belief with something more realistic and helpful. Addiction, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, grief, phobias, etc. can be drastically shifted to a functional and healthy state in short amount of time.

He is an accredited facilitator for the FOCCUS marriage preparation and enrichment programme, and is a member of the Singapore Psychological Society. Glenn has been trained as a crisis responder by the National Organization for Victim Assistance.




Ruchi Parekh

When I work with clients, I help them feel in control again, I help them define what #HavingItAll means for them – as compared to what society has told them – and then I help them achieve it!

When you ultimately achieve what you are looking for, it is the most empowering feeling. It will make you happy, fulfilled, validated and in control of your life. It will also boost your confidence and allow you to embrace your imperfections and enjoy life with less pressure and stress.

I believe in making a difference and in awakening possibilities in professionals’ lives. I believe in unleashing the human potential, allowing professionals to be the best version of themselves. I am determined to help you live your life courageously and passionately.


Coloured Canvas

Art therapy can tap deep into emotional content not accessible to words. It is especially suitable for individuals who are resistant to talk or are non-verbal. Creative expression is a safe non-confrontational way to address difficult and traumatic experiences.

Art therapy aims to help clients:
* Gain insight into their problems and develop the capacity for transformation and healing.
* Learn to recognise detrimental thoughts/relationship patterns and address their source.
* Experience a sense of relief by expressing difficult emotional content through art.
* Learn to channelise negative emotions into artmaking.




Incontact Counselling & Training

Incontact was formed by three psychotherapists and their passion to create a space for a practice, where they can build deep therapeutic relationships that empower clients towards change. We are bound by root level experience of working within the community and then enlarging our skills to work with both the ex-pat and local community. All our counsellors are certified Master Practitioners registered with SAC (Singapore Association of Counsellors) and a variety of memberships according to their specialised interests (EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy, Trauma, Hypnotherapy, Adoption, Fertility, to mention but a few). Our therapists have experience working with diverse nationalities and multinational organizations. In all that we do, our core is to establish an alliance with the client, that is safe, productive and attuned.



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Life Balance LLP

During my 30 years as a professional acupuncturist, among other modalities, I succeeded in developing a system of Personality Profiling according to the Five Adaptation Types which provides clarity of a person’s psychology, while, at the same time forms a ‘road map’ to leading a self-empowered life – on all levels.

To address health in a holistic, yet un-traumatic way I have been professionally studying ‘Tapping’ (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for 16 years, helping clients to release memories, old emotions, addictions and limiting beliefs – which often lead to chronic health issues.

If required, either modality is used, always supported by professional coaching and counselling in order to assist clients in a responsible, compassionate and solution-oriented way. The goal is to accept themselves while, at the same time, trust their ability to shed past hurt and limitations in order to move forward into a self-determined future.

Having lived in Asia for almost 40 years, I have substantial experience with a diverse range of nationalities and cultures. I speak English and German.




White Canvas Therapy

I am a psychoanalyst and I like to work with individuals, families, couples, teenagers and older children and I also give workshops on family matters. I started my journey through Freud & Lacan, but today I gather to my work a lot using broader concepts of psychoanalysis of contemporary thinkers like Winnicott, Ferenczi, the relational thinkers like Lewis Aron, Steve Mitchell and Joyce Slochower.

My compromise is to always be learning and updated among the recent theories and modalities, filtering what is serious and what is relevant to a deeper construction with my patients that can result on good understanding of themselves. I don’t believe in BandAid therapy, or any method of “easy psychotherapy” as I believe we have to dig deeper to understand past patterns and the underlying reasons why we put ourselves in situations that we would like to be different. I believe there are therapeutical tools and techniques very helpful in specific phases of our lives, but I do believe everyone should allow themselves into the experience of going through the psychoanalysis journey so one can have a better understanding of themselves. Although it may sound harsh, I do have an empathic observation of what is brought from my patients, and we constantly work together on alternative solutions, possibilities and scenarios. I am an accessible therapist who does desire a lot of good outcomes to my patients.




The Holistic Boutique

The Holistic Boutique is here to help you if

  •  you have felt that something is missing in your life to make you feel complete
  • work/life balance is something you are struggling with
  • your relationship could do with some strategies to make it more enjoyable
  • stress is too much and you don’t know how to deal with it
  • you have a goal and you don’t know how to achieve it
  • sadness is an emotion you experience too often and you want to have more happy days!
  • If your health is not in the best place and lifestyle tips and adjustments are what you need

What is coaching?

Coaching deals with the client’s present state and provides guidance to a more desirable future. The relationship between coach and client is co-creative, where the coach helps client discover own answers. The coach stands with the client helping him/her identifying challenges, they then work together to turn challenges into victories. The client is held accountable to reach his/her desired goals.

Your coach is your #1 fan.



Maria Luedeke

Aspire Counselling

Aspire Counselling offers private counselling and coaching services for individuals, couples, families and children. We cover areas including anxiety, depression, behaviour management/change, relationship issues, divorce, parenting issues, grief, relocation adjustment, life adjustment, stress management, couples counselling, work/life balance. 

We also offer corporate services such as mental wellness talks, crisis counselling, and employee counselling packages. These can be delivered in the form of seminars and talks, counselling packages for employees, one to one counselling, crisis counselling and redundancy counselling.

Aspire Counselling’s core philosophy is to empower individuals to achieve their goals and create desired change. We also give people the tools to respond, rather than to react to their life challenges. Counselling takes place in an environment of empathy and trust.  This encourages growth, happiness and success in all facets of personal and professional life. We help people overcome relationship and life challenges.  We also support the achievement of personal and professional goals.




Simply Pause

Helena has worked with hundreds of clients internationally. She has a holistic, intuitive approach to supporting her clients and helps her clients to transform using their conscious intelligence + subconscious programming + somatic body intelligence.

Helena brings together a unique blend of different methodologies to support her clients. She is a Rapid Transformational Therapy practitioner (a blend of the best of NLP, CBT and hypnotherapy) as well as being a PCC ICF certified coach and certified in embodied transformation and neuroscience methodologies. She helps her clients to shift their stories about themselves, others and life itself to create more success and fulfilment.

Helena’s approach works well for individuals who want to:

  • Change behaviours and habits which don’t serve them
  • Overcome blocks and self-sabotaging beliefs
  • Overcome anxiety and negative self-talk
  • Clear emotional stress & trauma
  • Gain clarity on where they are heading



NLP Coaching & Therapy

My name is Charmaine Pandya and I am an ABNLP Certified NLP Trainer, Master Practitioner  & Hypnotherapist. I feel passionate and privileged to work with clients using NLPs life changing techniques that work on the unconscious mind and give deeper, quicker and long lasting results. I offer one-to-one coaching and therapy to help individuals reach their desired outcomes.

I have helped hundreds of my clients to

– Overcome Anxiety

– Overcome interFEARances and blocks

– Change behaviours and habits like – procrastination, indecisiveness, lack of confidence.

–  Change limiting beliefs such as -‘ ‘I’m not good enough’

– Deal with trauma, pain or dysfunction.

I am fortunate to have worked with clients in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, India, UK, Europe and the US; from business leaders and executives, health professionals, parents and youth who have benefitted tremendously from NLP Coaching.




The Compass Counselling Practice

Journeying closely with individuals, couples and families as they seek to overcome stresses and adversities, Flora facilitates them in navigating through difficult life situations.

Flora, married for more than 30 years, is passionate about couple work, and has completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Advanced Core Skills Training in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy. Where one partner is not sure they want to stay in the relationship and doubts that couple therapy can be useful, Flora will use Discernment Counselling to help partners gain clarity and confidence about making the decision to separate/divorce or engage in serious couple therapy. She also has rich experience in facilitating the Torn Asunder Affair Recovery Programme for couples who are dealing with extra-marital issues, and looking to either stay in, or leave, the marriage.

Flora brings to her counselling practice more than 20 years of multinational corporate experience in senior management positions.



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