Our mission is to help you to feel happier and better prepared to deal with life’s challenges by easing your concerns and unlocking your potential.
It has been proven time and again through research that the most important component which predicts the success of Counselling Therapy is the relationship which forms between Therapist and Client (often referred to as the Therapeutic Alliance). It is significantly more important than the Therapist's method or approach, and even the experience levels of the Therapist. We at Harmony Counselling recognise the importance of this relationship and put building this connection at the forefront of all we do.
We provide individual counselling & coaching, couple & family counselling, teen & adolescent counselling, group therapy, as well as a range of corporate services. We also provide Walk & Talk Therapy, a unique format for Therapy in Singapore, which is especially helpful for those who find expressing themselves uncomfortable in traditional, office-based settings.
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Potential - You have the potential and resources to solve or manage your own issues. The Counsellor acts as a guide to help you identify and utilize them.
Growth - Crisis can be an opportunity for personal growth.
Positive Change - No positive change occurs without effort.
Problem Management - Problems which often appear insoluble can be broken down into more manageable pieces which can be addressed one by one.
Self-Awareness - Maladjustment can be caused by a difference between what one is and what one wants to be. Hence, self-awareness can be a powerful tool. When you become aware, you can make more informed choices and live a more meaningful existence.
Director & Counsellor
Martin is a qualified counsellor, and provisional Clinical Member of Singapore Association for Counsellors, who has been involved in a wide variety of activities in both his work and personal life. Based in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region since 1990, he has had multiple experiences of living in remote locations and in challenging conditions which few professional people can match. His work in small, medium and large organizations has been invaluable in giving him direct insight into the many forms of anxiety in the workplace, including stress, bullying, discrimination, difficulties in adaptation, handling difficult managers and colleagues, burn out and the specific challenges associated with overseas postings. Martin’s personal and career experience has given him a high level of cultural sensitivity and understanding and an outlook on life which is both balanced and informed.
Martin’s path into counselling began in 2002 following a personal tragic and unexpected bereavement. While his heart lay in counselling and helping others, it was only in 2015 that he committed fully to this path. He then started working with clients through individual and group therapy and long-term support to help them make real and lasting changes, enabling them to lead more fulfilling lives.
Martin connects with people of all ages in a genuine and empathetic manner and he believes his own successes and failures have helped him develop his prime personal value of respect for others. He is passionate about working with families and their children to help them make the best use of their strengths and resources in order to improve their lives. It is his core belief that in knowing and understanding ourselves, we become stronger and happier people and better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
Martin founded Harmony Counselling in early 2020, recognising that what he has learned through hard-won experience could be of value to others.
Anna-Mari is a British born Counsellor who works with children, teenagers and adults. Anna-Mari completed her BA in Childhood Studies, Guidance and Counselling with the University of Northumbria and attained her Masters in Counselling with Monash University. In addition to counselling, Anna-Mari has worked in multi-national organizations throughout her career, and has provided mentorship and guidance to colleagues in dealing with work related stress.
With Welsh and Greek parents, Anna-Mari lived in the UK, Greece, France and United Arab Emirates as a child and fully understands the opportunities and challenges of expat life. She has lived in Singapore for over nine years and, with a Singaporean husband, she embraces both the local and expat communities. She continues to volunteer with NGO agencies in Singapore, supporting clients presenting various issues such as childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, stress and borderline personality disorder.
Anna-Mari’s professional health training includes therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She is passionate in supporting her clients though behavioural change through a safe, holistic approach, teaching and sharing skills on how to move to their desired future.
Harmony Counselling, verified by Psychology Today, also collaborates with other counselling agencies and freelance counsellors to ensure we provide the right service for you.
How does counselling help?
Providing insight - We can gain an understanding of the origin & development of emotional disturbances, which leads to an increased capacity to take rational control over our feelings and behaviours.
Relating to others - We become better able to form and maintain meaningful & satisfying relationships.
Empowerment - We find the strength and ability to heal by taking responsibility for our own lives.
Self-awareness & enlightenment - We can achieve better understanding of a situation and our reaction to it through improved knowledge of ourselves.
Problem solving - We can better manage future problem situations as they arise by developing our competencies.
Psychological education - We increase our understanding of how we feel, think and behave.
Enabling cognitive or behavioural change - We can address our self-defeating thoughts and behaviours.
Encouraging positive systemic change - We can help our families to interact in happier and healthier ways.