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Pastoral Counselling


Overview

Everyone encounters difficulties at one point or other in their lives. Examples include studies, adjustment, esteem, friendship, boy-girl relationship, health, family and financial issues. When the problem becomes too difficult for the individual to handle, s/he may need to turn to someone for help.

In NUS High School, apart from your mentor, a professional counsellor is available to help you deal with your concerns. Besides providing a listening ear, your counsellor will establish a good working relationship with you with the aim of helping you achieve your counselling goals. Having a strong working partnership with your counsellor is important to the success of counselling. Therefore, it is important that you keep an open mind and share your concerns openly with your counsellor.

During the helping process, your counsellor will:

- listen to your problems without judging you or taking sides with any party - help you explore different ways of looking at your problem - help you to take positive steps to deal with your problem - work with your family and/ or school to resolve your problem, if appropriate

In other words, your counsellor will respect you as a person and help you to resolve your difficulties to enable you to function more effectively.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is assured in this relationship. Your counsellor will seek your permission first before revealing anything about you or your counselling sessions to anyone. However, in the event that you become a threat to your own or other’s lives, your counsellor may have to break confidentiality to ensure your safety and/ or that of others.

Making an Appointment

To make an appointment with the counsellor, you can contact:

    • drop by The Connecting Place (opposite the School Hall).

Useful Links

Self-help resources for students, parents, educators and clinicians:

www.ru-ok.com (self-help for teenagers, information for parents, mentors and professionals)
www.allkindsofminds.org (understanding differences in learning for educators, parents and clinicians)
www.depnet.com.sg (a depression community with articles, diaries and letter box)
www.planetcrush.org (information and tips on cyber wellness)
www.hpb.gov.sg/hpb/default.asp?pg_id=1041 (information and resources for teenagers on a variety of teenage issues)
www.soundsleeping.com (relaxing music and sleep aids)
www.parentleader.com (articles on parenting)
www.angermgmt.com (information on anger management)
www.depression.edu.hk (The little prince is depressed: an interactive website on depression)

Special needs:

www.hoagiesgifted.org (Giftedness)
www.das.org.sg (Dyslexia)
www.autism.org.sg (Autism)
www.addinschool.com (Attention Deficit Disorder)
www.ld-add.com (Attention Deficit Disorder)

Social Service and Government Agencies:

www.imh.com.sg
www.family.org.sg
www.mcys.gov.sg
www.hpb.gov.sg