Governance & Structure

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Governance & Structure

Name Year of Presidency
Jeffrey Po, PhD 2012-2014
Prem Kumar Shanmugan, PhD 2014-2016
Ms Abigail Lee, MCounselling 2016-2018

Advisors & Auditors

Foo Siew Fong

Foo Siew Fong heads the Family and Matrimonial Law practice group in Eversheds Harry Elias LLP. She deals with all aspects of family and matrimonial law in addition to handling preventive issues at the beginning of a relationship, e.g. the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements. Siew Fong’s commitment to the community sees her as a member of the Citizenship Committee of Inquiry under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Siew Fong was the President of the Singapore Association of Women’s Lawyers (SAWL) from 2001 to 2009 and is now the honorary advisor to SAWL as well as the Chairman of SAWL Scholarship Fund. In 2011, the Family and Juvenile Justice Division awarded her the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in the Advocate and Solicitor Category. She is also a member of the executive committee of The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore, an organization that provides medical treatment and therapy for children with cerebral palsy, as well as vocational training and gainful employment through its school. She has recently been awarded the Public Service Medal, a medal presented to a person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore.

Dr. Tan Soo Yin

Dr Tan Soo Yin obtained her doctoral degree in counselling and guidance from the Department of Counsellor Education & Counselling Psychology, University Putra Malaysia, with her PhD thesis focusing on clinical supervision. She has also received specific training in clinical supervision by Janine M. Bernard and Toni R. Tollerud on Advanced Clinical Supervision, Current Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision, Training and Evaluation and Assessment in Counselling Supervision in Springfield, IL.

Dr Tan is one of the advisors for Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and a senior lecturer in the Psychological Studies Academic Group. She teaches counselling courses for Diploma in School Counselling and Master of Arts (Counselling & Guidance) Programs and is now the Assistant-Dean of Student Development & Counselling of National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a Licensed Professional Counsellor in Malaysia and a volunteer counsellor for a few voluntary welfare organizations. She was also the President of Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia Pacific (APECA) for the term 2014 – 2016. In addition, Dr Tan is also a life member of Malaysia Counselling Association and the Educational Research Association of Singapore.

Michael Tan
DCHyp, PDCHyp, PDCBHyp, MBDCH, MAPACS

Michael Tan is the auditor and a practitioner member of the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and is also a Vice President of the Ayurveda Association of Singapore (AAOS). He is a lecturer/tutor/clinical supervisor at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) Asia in Singapore and is responsible for the on-going training and support if clinical hypnotherapists. Michael is also a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Jimmy Chia
BA (BA), Bsc Psychology, Master ‘s in Education (Developmental Psychology)

Jimmy Chia is Warrant Officer in the SAF for more than 30 years and auditor of Association and Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS). He has helped many soldiers with adjustment issues. Jimmy Chia is a certified Prep/Enrich facilitator. He is a certified Professional Counselling Supervisor under the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (Singapore) (APACS).

JESLYN LIM (President)

Jeslyn is a certified practitioner of Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) and a member of Association for IEMT Practitioner. Jeslyn is also a full member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), as well as the president of Association of Psychotherapy and Counsellors Singapore (APACS). With extensive experience working in the service and education sectors, she had attained vast opportunities to work with disadvantaged and disenfranchised children, youth, as well as adults (with specialty in the psychological dysfunction, intellectually disabled individuals and their families).

As a psychologist and a hypnotherapist, she took charge of clinical assessment and program, individual behavioural plan (IBP) development, clinical supervision and clinical meetings with parents. With experience in behavioural and language intervention (trained in ABLLS™‐R, ABA & VB techniques/ physiology) and alongside with hypnotherapeutic work, she is National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) Certified with an Advanced Certification In 5-PATH®, as well as a 7th PATH Self-Hypnosis Teacher. Jeslyn work closely with clients in achieving individualised learning goals progressively. Apart from her work experience in the social service industry, Jeslyn also spent years in the private sectors in management level, ensuring employees’ well-being by performing conflict resolution, and providing counselling services.

Sim Kwang Mong (Vice President)

Nurni Lorenz (Assistant Secretary)

BA Psychology, Master of Counselling
Nurni Loren is the Head of the team of programme coordinators and personal care officers in a welfare home. Her clientele includes individuals with psychiatric issues such as schizophrenia and personality disorders. She has been working in the social service sector for almost 10 years. She is a certified counsellor under the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (Singapore), and is appointed as the Secretary of APACS executive committee.

Kanchana (Assistant Secretary)

Kanchana has Master’s in Counselling and a bachelor degree in Psychology. In the 5 years as a practitioner, she uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and creative arts in her course of work. She is currently the school Counsellor for Zhangde Primary School and provides counselling services to the children with emotional difficulties. She conducts group work using creative arts for the at-risk children. Kanchana also rolled out several preventive programmes and workshops targeting the entire school population.
Prior to school counselling, Kanchana was doing case management at Psychiatric Residential setting. She provided psychosocial rehabilitation for female clients with schizophrenia condition, also assisted clients to integrate back to society. In addition, Kanchana was also a volunteer mentor for a year at Dayspring Residential Setting for teenagers.

Cheryl Ko (Honorary Treasurer)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Cheryl has been working closely with special needs children from a wide range of age since 2013. She not only provides individualized ABA therapy, but she also does school shadowing, assisting children in integrating into classroom settings. Children that she has worked with varies from those with behavioural issues to developmental issues. As a therapist, she is involved in formulating Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each child and guiding parents and teachers on implementation of behaviour strategies. In addition, she is also the treasurer in the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS).

Roy Tan (Assistant Treasurer)

Promoting positive thoughts and well-being in our society, Roy Tan studied engineering, business and psychology at tertiary level. He has a MBA in strategic marketing and a BA in Psychology.
He has spent the past 21 years working in large, fast-paced multinational companies. Passionate about helping people think, do and be positive in their lives, he moved to a new career in coaching, mentoring and counselling. Roy is committed to the mission of improving and optimising people’s lives through the positive and sustainable characteristics which enable individuals and organisations to thrive. Roy’s values in life and work is beautifully echoed by this special quote from the legendary singer and composer, Bob Marley: “The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”. Roy is an assistant treasurer in the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS).

MBA in strategic marketing and a BA in Psychology, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Member (MCIM), Certified Stress management consultant, Certified Advanced Behavioural Analyst, Positive Psychology Coach, Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Francis Pang (Committee)

Francis have been working in the shipping industry for more than 30 years. He has worked in various international companies like Neptune Orient Line, Samudera Shipping Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin. He had a passion to help those in need especially in the area of mental health. He has also devoted 5 years of his time by serving in the social services and is currently a committee member of the Association of Psychotherapists & Counsellors (Singapore).

Wendy Shiao (Committee)

Wendy has worked for over forty years in the aviation sector. She has a Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) and Diploma in Management studies. Since 2010 she has volunteered with helping youth-at-risk agencies, divorce help groups and Family Service Centre. She did internship at a government rehab centre for mentally disabled. She was a part-time culinary instructor and loves to dance ballet to keep fit.

Jacquelyn is a Counselling Practitioner with Master Degree training in Social Sciences Professional Counselling and a Diploma major in Learning Disorder Management and Child Psychology. She is also a qualified Trainer in enrichment programs across levels for MOE schools. She has been in counselling practice since 2008 and has journeyed with many disadvantaged and marginalized individuals in battling through their cycles of psychological and emotional challenges in life through therapy and psycho education. Her extensive practitioner experience involves clinical rehabilitation work with adults and the senior community with diagnosed Schizophrenia condition in the psychiatric rehabilitation centre and school based counselling work with at risk and special educational needs adolescences and youths in the education settings. Her major Clinical approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural and Psychotherapy Techniques with the direction of advancing towards the use of creative and integrative approach for effective holistic intervention in the therapeutic process.

​With past 12 years of corporate career experience in the TV media and broadcasting industry, her services has extended to aspects of career guidance and counselling support for adults, helping them with workplace and career fulfilment. She is also an affiliate counselling service provider for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) under the Workplace Options. Jacquelyn is a registered practitioner and Supervisor with L4S accreditation under the Association of Psychotherapist and Counsellors Spore (APACS).

Axel Lal

Bsc (Hons) Human Psych, Adv. Dipl. Psyc
Axel Lai is an experience educator for children at their age of Pre-School. He has been teaching in the field for 5 years and has helped many children to improve their learning abilities, psychomotor and social skills. Axel Lai is trained in Sensory Approach, he is also specialized in Music and Arts lessons for children.