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Trainee Counsellors

Trainee Counsellors pursue Masters in Counselling Each one of them is under supervision with Reena Goenka Insightful currently has 8 counselling trainees

Languages: English, Mandarin, Tamil, Malay

Fees: Pro bono or Free Zoom sessions.

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

At Insightful Counselling we regularly take interns from reputed graduate programs offered in Singapore by Swinburne 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 client, you are offered pro bono or free online counselling or $30 per hour counselling for face to face sessions. Our team often recommends a student clinician to clients who call to inquire about services at our centre. So let’s talk today about some of the benefits of seeing a student and why you might want to do so!

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.

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Testimonials

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 REGARDS, SHRUTI

  • She helped me to understand my emotions and how to deal with it. She listened to those things which I never able to share with anyone. I am really grateful that she helped me to come out of my anxiety.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.