Our Practitioners

Here at the Singapore Counselling Centre (SCC), we are committed to providing a high quality of care and professional service within a welcoming, tranquil and respectful environment. Practitioners at SCC are experienced and qualified professionals, and all consultations are held in the strictest confidence.

Here are our qualified and trained practitioners:

Li Hai Ning, Grace (李海宁)

Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology
Beijing Normal University

Doctorate of Applied Psychology
Beijing Normal University

Dr. Li Hai Ning Grace has more than 10 years of working experience in China and in Singapore. She has previously worked in Singapore Adam Road Hospital where she conducted Mandarin counselling.

She is the first cohort to graduate from China Shaanxi Da Kang Psychology Consulting & Psychotherapy Training College. In the year 2001, she was awarded a Practice Psychology Qualification Certificate from China Shaanxi Province Labour Department. In the year 2002, she co-established an On-Line Hospital Psychology Consulting Physiotherapy Centre in China. She also holds a Certificate of “A Practice Psychology Qualification” from China, and Qualification of Psychological measurement from Institute of Psychology, CAS. She is a certified facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich programme for premarital counselling, marriage preparation, and marriage counselling and marriage enrichment.

Dr. Li is a Senior Counsellor with Singapore Counselling Centre and part time Senior lecturer with ACC School of Counselling and Psychology. She is the Programme Mentor and Lecturer for these Mandarin courses: Specialist Diploma In Counselling Psychology (Mandarin), the Specialist Diploma In Youth Management And Counselling (Mandarin), the Specialist Diploma In Relationship and Marital Counselling(Mandarin), and the Specialist Diploma in Counselling Addiction – Gambling (Mandarin).

Dr. Li is also a public figure & speaker and was featured for her expertise & knowledge on ZaoBao Newspaper, Radio Stations such as FM95.8, FM102.3, FM106.5 and appeared on Channel “U” etc.

Tan Choon Hooi, Klein

Master of Social Science (Counselling)
University of South Australia

Mr Tan holds a Master in Social Science (Counselling) from the University of South Australia. He is a license administrator for Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA) under Psychological Publication, Inc, a Behaviorist Consultant with DISC profiles under MTS-Asia, and also a certified administrator for 16 PF (16 Personality Factors level CF2 and HR2).

In the year 1999-2000, Mr Tan trained and supervised Pre-Marital Counsellors in conjunction with Family Life & Counselling Ministry (FLCM). He focused on counsellors’ developments, case management and train the trainers. He also supervised para-counsellors during the same period.

In the year 2004, Mr Tan worked closely with Academy of Certified Counsellors in providing supervision for students attached with various organisations such as social services, schools, prisons etc, focusing on counsellors’ development.

Mr Tan is a part time lecturer with ACC. Mr Tan also provided supervision to the social workers and counsellors of “We-Sharecare Society for Children and Youth” from 2004 to 2007. Mr Tan teaches the Specialist Diploma In Counselling Psychology, Specialist Diploma In Youth Counselling And Management, Specialist Diploma In Workplace Counselling and Specialist Diploma In Counselling Addiction – Gambling.

Mary Baker

Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling
Swinburne University in Australia

Master of Arts in Education and Development
University of Hull in the United Kingdom

Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Academy of Certified Counsellors

Mary sees counselling as a special calling. She has journeyed with numerous people facing many wide-ranging issues – from weakening, life-threatening to terminal illnesses (such as cancer, heart attack, stroke), pain management and death as well as trauma, depression, stress, anxiety to personal, family and work-related issues, among others. Believing in the innate capacity of every person to grow, Mary has successfully helped many to renew, heal and move on with their lives. 

Employing the Rogerian Person-Centred Philosophy, Mary sees Counselling as a Life-Changing Process, where the Counsellor holistically facilitates the Clients’ Personal Journey of Exploration, Self-Awareness and Decision to become free and responsible for choosing their way of life and destiny.  Her Unique Clinical Counselling Approach holistically challenges clients to look at the choices available, accept responsibility for choosing them and redesign their lives.

Using the conceptual propositions of the Person-Centred Philosophy and based on the Specific Need of Clients, Mary weaves in Psychoanalysis, Redecision Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Relaxation and Mindfulness with Positive Affirmations in her Clinical Counselling Practice to facilitate Wholeness and Healing.

Beena Rajendran (Mrs. Raj)

Master in Counselling
Monash University, Australia

Graduate Certificate in Counselling
Victoria University, Australia

Mrs Rajendran holds a Master Degree in Counselling awarded by Monash University, Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Counselling from Victoria University, Australia. She has an MBA from the University of Dubuque, USA and a BSc from the National University of Singapore. She is a certified career development facilitator and industry trainer.

Having been a HR practitioner for more than fifteen years, Mrs Rajendran has been counselling employees on issues such as stress, family and work issues, interpersonal relationship challenges and financial challenges. Since 2008, she has also been counselling youth and young adults in many areas to help them lead holistic and fulfilling lives. Her empathetic approach and genuine desire to help others lead purposeful and happy lives is evident in all her interactions.

She is a strong advocate of learning and continuous improvement. She deeply believes and practices reflection and mindfulness as ways to achieve inner peace and fulfilment. She is an associate counsellor with ACC.

Joseph Rajagopal

Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Bachelor of Social Work
Singapore University of Social Sciences

Mr. Joseph has 10 years of experience in counselling and has worked in numerous settings with clients from diversified backgrounds.

He has extensive experience working with children and youth who have experienced trauma and abuse. He has also done intensive work with individuals and families experiencing deep-rooted problems. He has attended clients facing multiple and complex issues related to trauma, child abuse, family violence, grief, depression, anxiety, social phobia, suicide ideation, self-harming behaviour, anger management, self-esteem, alcohol/drug addiction, marital/interpersonal issues, parenting/child management issues, teenage issues, and bullying.

He employs concepts from different schools of thought in the counselling arena and uses therapeutic techniques from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Reality Therapy and Family Therapy in his counselling efforts. He also provides psycho-education for his clients to help them learn about the nature of their difficulties and how to manage them. His motto is:

I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become”

Carl Jung – Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Grace Chan

Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Graduate Diploma in Organisational Learning
Civil Service College

Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors
National University of Singapore

Grace has provided counselling to children, youths, elderly, couples, families and individuals, from diverse and complex backgrounds. The counselling issues are varied, covering challenges such as parent-child relations, marital conflicts, grief, emotional & mental health problems, stress, depression, low motivation, poor self-esteem, anger, and delinquency.

In the counselling process, Grace seeks to create a safe and nurturing space where individuals are empowered to move towards positive change and be reconnected to desired relationships and life purposes. She takes special interest in supporting her clients to uncover strengths, acquire new perspectives and work towards appropriate actions for change.

Grace employs a range of therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing etc, to support her clients in their growth and change efforts. Grace has also coached and counselled individuals in work settings for retrenchment, performance and interpersonal issues.

Jonathan Lin

Master in Counselling
Monash University, Australia

Upon his graduation from Monah University, Jonathan was involved in school counselling by working with MOE schools to conduct seminar talks, training, workshops and other student-centred projects such as character building and career guidance programmes to aid in their personal growth and development. He aims to empower and enrich lives by equipping individuals with self-coping skills and strategies through a holistic wellness approach.

Mr Jonathan is currently a full time lecturer with the ACC Institute of Human Services. He teaches the Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology and the Specialist Diploma in Youth Counselling and Management.