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Counselling In Training - Insightful Counselling Singapore

Trainee Counsellors pursue Masters in Counselling under Reena Goenka’s supervision. Usually, Insightful has around ten counselling trainees at any one time.

Languages: English, Mandarin, Tamil, Malay

Fees: Pro bono or Free Zoom sessions.

Face-to-face counselling sessions in our clinic from $30 per hour.

At Insightful Counselling we regularly take interns from reputed graduate programs offered in Singapore by Flinders University and Monash University. In their final stages of masters training, Interns at Insightful Counselling are prepared to function broadly, competently, and as responsible professional counsellors.

As a valued client, you can access our pro-bono or free online counselling services or opt for in-person sessions at a nominal rate of $30 per hour. When clients inquire about our offerings, our team frequently suggests a session with one of our counsellor interns or counsellors-in-training. Today, we’d like to share the advantages of engaging with a counsellor intern or counsellor-in-training and explore why this could be a beneficial choice for you.

Ensure Mental Health is affordable by all.

Clients typically show interest in students because of the fees. You as a client can expect to pay between $120 and $230 per hour for a full-time clinician at our office, which is not always affordable. We allow our student interns to offer pro bono services and only charge for face-to-face sessions @$30 an hour.

Each Trainee is supported and supervised by our senior clinician.

Each of our students works under the direct supervision of Reena Goenka, our director and senior clinician. It means they can access the knowledge, resources, and strategies their supervisor has acquired over her career.

Continuous care will be available to you.

The fact that our office accepts new students throughout the year means that even when your current student clinician graduates (generally after six months to ten months), they will be able to help you transition to a new student clinician. Feel free to stay in the clinic for as long as you need to see our student clinicians.

You’ll be able to help them grow.

You, the client, will play a pivotal role in helping our trainees develop their practical clinical skills and hone their styles. In a practicum, students learn only by ‘doing’, i.e. having clinical sessions. As they help you in your healing journey, they too are grateful and respectful of you, willing to assist them as learners.

We have experienced counsellors-in-training.

All of our potential student interns are screened and interviewed by us, so the ones who make it through are the best qualified to support you. We select trainee clinicians who have a focus in areas where lower cost services are needed (for example, relationship issues, parenting issues, depression, anxiety, self-care, conflicts, mood-swings, or simply just discussing your thought process. We don’t allow them to work with clients until we are confident in their skills and abilities. Furthermore, because our interns are all graduate students, at least have one graduate degree along with their own life experiences, they offer invaluable support to you as clients.

To assign you a suitable counselor, please complete the intake form provided. Link to Counselling Intake form –

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I have had the privilege of doing my sessions with my therapist Manali. She was very attentive to my sharing, catching the nuances that shaped the way I think. Her perceptive observations and suggestions are what I needed to make sense of my deep inner workings. I went to her to overcome certain obstructions in personal growth and decision making, and I would say in the handful of sessions I've had, I could gain a significant clarity on who I am and what the underlying issues are. Manali is a guiding light of a honest and purposeful heart and I would recommend anyone who is looking for a therapist to give her a try.

It was very good experience with Manali I had very great time with her.

I am highly recomeded Manali Pattnaik and this is my honest feedback:

We been contacting since Nov 2023. It was really great experience and I appreciate her effort helping me to overcome my anxiety. My anxiety becoming less and less from scale of 8 now to scale of 2. It was so amazing. I can drive and go out become myself even not 100%. The best part is, I could share the knowledge from her to my friends and who need it. I have no words to say and thanks to Insightful Counselling for this program. Thank you Manali Pattnaik for your advise and your skill. Also you never gave up on me to tell me its just my shadow 🙂

I had my sessions with Adrian when I first had trouble with myself and my relationship. He made me understand myself better and really opened up my eyes to ways I could make things better for myself. He was always patient and spoke in such a soft tone which made our sessions feel so calm. I highly recommend giving Insightful Counselling a shot if you're looking for help.

Manali ma'am helped me a lot throughout... listening to me very patiently and understanding my pov.. giving me confidence and strength to deal things in a very smart way..thank you for helping me through ma'am

I love the fact that Manali listens actively rather than giving advice during our sessions. Her sense of empathy and understanding is a thumbs up. I also like the fact that she is not judgmental during our sessions. I wish for Manali all the best in her future endeavours.

Personally, Manali was really an amazing therapist for me as she was able to understand my thoughts and open my mind to different perspectives, which brought a sense of peace for me. An empathetic yet straightforward therapist that was lovely throughout my journey 🙂

I had the pleasure to work with Ms Manali Pattnaik for therapy. Ms Manali's ability to listen attentively and empathize with my emotions created a safe and non-judgmental space where I felt free to explore my thoughts and feelings without reservation. She also provided me with very targeted and specific methods to navigate my emotions based on my experiences and what I was comfortable with doing. I am truly grateful for the positive impact Ms Manali has had on my life!

Had the privilege of working with Adrian as my assigned counselor. With his extensive knowledge and experience, he has helped me so much through my personal issues. Very professional yet warm and easy to talk to. Thank you, Adrian!

I have done my counselling sessions with Manali Pattnaik and it's something I would cherish and remember. She's always on time and always present during the session. The sessions have greatly helped me to see through within me. It guided me greatly with my personal learning and healing journey.

I was referred to online sessions with Adrian by a friend, and in just a few sessions he was able to really help with concerns I had about myself. It was amazing working with him, and he was friendly, open and easy to talk to, which was very important for me. I've seen real improvements in my life working with him and it's helped a lot 🙂

Sonal has really helped me overcome 80% of my anxiety in less than 2 months simply by speaking to me and diving deep into smaller aspects of my life. The best thing about my sessions are that my feelings and thoughts are quantified and with each session, we measure an improvement. In addition to the above, a lot of emotional instances I’m feeling are backed up with theoretical knowledge and examples which I normally remember while making a lot of decisions in life. Overall, very happy with the help - a lot of time and energy is taken out which is commendable!

I am incredibly grateful for the support and guidance I've received from Manali. Her expertise and compassionate approach have made a significant positive impact on my life. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a dedicated and effective therapist. Thank you, Manali, for helping me navigate through challenging times with understanding and skill. I have learned a lot throughout my journey with her. I have been to therapy throughout the years but none has impacted as much Manali has ❤️

Honest, clear, accurate ‘diagnosis’ of my feelings and emotions. Helps me to understand my feelings and my trigger points. Guides me on how to regulate them. Gives me an outlet to vent. My panic attacks have reduced and my mental health seems to be getting better.

I like that they are flexible and up to me how often I need them. Nisha has helped me to see a different perspective and be more positive in my lookout of myself. I’m satisfied with her care.

Listens very well, breaks down my problem faced in terms which helps me to better understand myself and what I am facing with. Gives me new perspectives in what I am facing instead of seeing it in a narrow point of view. I better understand what I’m dealing with, where I can focus my attention onto to make things work in my relationship. She’s a great listener, takes her time to understand what her client is facing and from there, slowly breaks it down for the client to understand what she has inferred from the session. Very beneficial and helpful, also willing to accompany for weekend sessions which is great for working adults.

She’s been very understanding just gives advice about all areas of life and the sessions just calm me down in general, also flexible about the timings! A place where I can openly just say what’s on my mind.

Manage to practice some techniques when having episodes. The approach of the therapist in charge.

This is my first time chance upon attending a 1-1 counselling session. I told myself to attend with an open mind. For me, my weakness lies in procrastination and I “feel” too long to get things done. Through Celine’s counselling and her sharing of thoughts by hearing me, understanding me, understand situations from another angle, I do have improvements in my line of work. Thank you Celine for your time, patience, guidance and a helping heart, improving people’s life.

I have had the pleasure of counseling with Tan, a student of the school at insightful counseling. Though a counsellor in training, Tan is attentive to my needs and is genuinely interested in hearing about my story in order to better understand my issues and how he can put his best foot forward to help me work towards my (counseling) goals about. what I like about our counseling sessions is that while Tan is a good listener , he is not afraid to delve deep and challenge my perspective( in a positive way) to see my issues on a different light. I would highly recommend Tan for your counseling needs as, in my humble opinion, he has the maturity and aptitude beyond what I expect a counsellor in-training to have.

Lily is an insightful and patient counsellor. Patient enough to listen to my troubles and not judge. Counselling by and large is not instantaneous, it really helps when professionals have the will to tough it out, and intervene at the right time.

I needed an outlet and someone who understands and does not judge me
Piriya mam has helped a lot.
She sees things from my side and helps aot and always adjusts timings and schedules and does not get irritated by my last minute plans
I am always eager to meet her as i am able to let out my feelings and cr freely
She is an amazing person

First of all, I want to thanks Insightful because give me this opportunity to get to know you as a counselling centre.

To my counsellor Eve Martin, no words can describe how grateful I am to meet people like you. You not only helping me in our session but also keep in touch with me when I need your guidance.

For now I already go thru 8 session with you. What I can say for this 8 session my scale of anger decrease day by day, now I already have a good relationship with my mom as I told you in our first session I don't have a good relationship with my mom but with your guidance for the first time for this year Hari Raya celebration I'm brave enough to hug and say I love you to my mom which I never expect I can do that action since I feel unsafe when I arrived at my hometown which is Sabah.

For now, I also feel excited with my work environment since I can handle the responses that I received from my friends. Less stress I think 🤣😜 you know how struggle I am with my workplace before this but after go thru the session and discuss with you to identify what wrong with my workplace now I'm proud to announce that I feel so happy and excited with my environment.

One thing that I never want to forget about our session when we discuss about the rollercoaster mood 😂 I will remember this for entire my life for sure.

Can't wait to continue our next session 😍♥️

I wish you all the best for your study and your career. Please pray for me too, I hope my dream to be a counsellor will be accomplished one day 😍

I enjoyed every session with Shantha.

The fact that she always created a nonjudgemental space made me feel heard and safe to express how I felt. She is a very patient good listener.

I am happy that she shared several techniques I could try to apply in my daily life to cope with my anxiety. She also took the initiative to talk about things when my mind when blank and I didn't even know how I felt and what to share. She respected the boundaries when I didn't think I was able to talk about issue in my past life that I was not comfortable to talk about yet.

Shantha's counselling sessions have been immensely beneficial and insightful for me. Her attentive listening, skill in creating a comfortable atmosphere, and thought-provoking approach have made a positive impact on my self-discovery and personal growth. 

I would like to thank you because of assigning a counsellor for me. She is so helpful and passionate and I feel so much better than before as she is trying to help me dig the problem from its root with her great level of knowledge and understanding. One more time I could laugh and smile while enjoying my me time to think about future from different aspects which is amazing. 
Although so much regret to hear that she will not be available from next month onward which is my main concern now. As I wish if I could have this pleasure to work further with her until she ,full recovery from this deep hopefulness, fear and depression.
One more time I appreciate your kind support and wish you both the best of luck and success. 

She is a patient counsellor who takes time to listen to her client's needs and also provides insightful perspectives and solutions to their circumstances.

I am incredibly grateful for the support and guidance I've received from Shantha. She creates a warm and welcoming environment where I feel safe to express myself. Her expertise and compassionate nature have been instrumental in my healing process. Highly recommended!

My sessions with the counsellor were beneficial. Initially, I was slightly sceptical as part of my issue is that I am often more guarded with female figures due to my upbringing. What I appreciate the most in the sessions is that I can do it at my own pace and not feel calculative about my choice of words, as the session felt like a safe space.
The biggest help overall is that the counsellor was able to make the sessions feel really present, insightful and thoughtful as opposed to them feeling like a structured interview or just a list of commonly asked questions/phrase, which I often hear from other people's experiences.

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