Counselling

As we go about this journey called life, we may face many different situations which can be difficult to cope with.

A loved one may have passed on… you may have lost a job… or you may be caught in a cycle of marital strife that cannot seem to be resolved. Such life transitions and changes may inadvertently result in one feeling anxious, depressed or even hopeless. When you feel that such life events become unmanageable, that is where we can step in to help you better manage and cope.

When you feel that such life events become unmanageable, that is where we can step in to help you better manage and cope.

The counselling services offered at Hope Church Singapore is aimed at helping individuals cope more effectively with problems of living and stimulate personal growth and development. Individuals will learn to move from self-defeating patterns to positive life patterns. The approach used is one that is centred around Christ, walking in step with the Holy Spirit, and based on biblical values.

Some of the areas which we can help in include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Marital problems
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Sexuality issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation/attempt
  • Grief/loss
  • Guilt & Forgiveness
  • Anger
  • Depression

Many people are understandably concerned about confidentiality when engaging such services. Please be assured that at Hope Church Singapore, we are a group of trained professionals as psychologist, counsellors and social workers who follow the guidelines in our professional code of ethics. All information shared during the sessions will be kept strictly confidential, except to those to whom counsellors owe accountability for counselling work or whom counsellors rely for support and supervision.

Forms delineating the legal boundaries of confidentiality and professional code of ethics will be given to you on your first visit for your perusal. Please discuss any other confidentiality issues that you may have concerns about with your assigned counsellor.

To make an appointment, please send us an email at counsel@hopesingapore.org.sg.

FAQ
Do I have to be a Christian to engage your counselling services?

We are more than willing and would love to serve anyone regardless of race, language and religion. We hope you will be comfortable that the counselling approach offered by Hope Church is one that is centred around Christ.

Do I have to be a Hope Church Member to engage your counselling services?

No, you do not have to be a Hope Church Member to engage our services.

What is the difference between christian counselling and secular counselling?

First and foremost in Christian Counselling, the Christian counsellor is a person who is a deeply committed servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and is guided by the Holy Spirit. The goal of Christian Counselling is not only to help clients cope more effectively with problems of living and stimulate personal growth and development; but also to assist individuals move from self-defeating patterns to positive life patterns. The goal is also to help clients encounter Jesus Christ and eventually move toward spiritual growth and maturity. Not all psychotherapies are in line with biblical teachings and thus not all will be used with clients. In Christian Counselling, some of the spiritual disciplines such as the following may be incorporated:

  • Prayer
  • Journal keeping
  • Scripture Homework
  • Scripture teaching
  • Reading Christian books
  • Worship
  • Forgiveness
  • Hearing God’s voice

In Secular Counselling, the counsellor may or may not be a Christian. The goal of the counselling would not aim towards bringing the individual to encounter Jesus Christ nor move towards a focus in spiritual growth and maturity. However, there is a general direction unto spirituality. There are no biblical restrictions placed on the psychotherapies to be used as long as the counsellors deem it fit for the case and clients are agreeable to it. Spiritual disciplines are generally not included in secular counselling.

What is the cost per session?
  • $10 per session for working adults
  • $5 per session for students
  • Mode of payment: Cash/Cheque
How often are the sessions conducted?

Each session is normally done on a weekly-basis so that clients are given the time and opportunity to apply what they have learnt from previous sessions. In some cases, meeting once a week may not be enough to facilitate real change. In such cases, the counsellor will assess the situation and arrange for the appropriate frequency of sessions.

How long is one session?

One session usually lasts about one hour, but sometimes shorter or longer sessions may be arranged. Please allow at least an hour for the first appointment. The first appointment is very crucial as this is when the counsellor-client fit is determined. It is also the only time the counsellor can grasp a picture of the client’s problem so as to determine how best to help the client.

How long is the entire counselling period? When can I stop?

A counselling relationship is expected to last on an average of 6 to 10 sessions. In certain cases whereby it is more complex, it will be longer than the average.

If I have stopped my counselling, can I start again? Will I be assigned to the same counsellor?

Yes you can. Mostly likely you will be assigned to the same counsellor.

Where does counselling take place? Can it take place at my home?

The counselling will usually take place in the church premise at the designated counselling room at Level 8, Textile Centre, 200 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199018.
If the counselling room is unavailable, another room will be booked for the session. If all rooms in church are unavailable, your appointment may be rescheduled; or the sessions may be conducted at the counsellor’s place of practice.
You will be informed of the details by the counselling ministry administrator and/or the counsellors themselves.

Can I ask my friend or family or mentor to accompany me during the counselling sessions?

You may ask your friend, family or mentor to accompany you for the first appointment. During subsequent session, unless it is a group therapy, you will be required to attend counselling sessions alone.

How qualified are the counsellors in Hope Church?

The counsellors are professionally trained in the field of psychology, counselling, social work and pastoral counselling.

Can I choose the gender of my counsellor?

You may let us know if you want a female or male counsellor. Otherwise, the counselling team will review the case presented and assign the most appropriate counsellor for you.

Can I change my counsellor if I am unable to relate to him/her?

It is recommended to work through the issues with your counsellor for a number of sessions before you consider the option of changing.