Mariya Angelova, Senior Counsellor

Pronouns: she / her

Hi, I am Mariya!

Opening up to another person about our troubles and personal lives can be daunting, yet it can empower us to bring about positive change in ourselves and our relationships. As a counsellor, I take the approach of co-creating solutions with my clients in a safe and supportive space. I believe every individual is able to make better choices and a difference for themselves. A conversation is a great first step!

I started my career as a teacher for both adolescent and adult learners before moving onto full-time counselling. Psychology has been a strong area of interest for me since young and after supporting some of my students in their personal challenges, I decided to further my education and move on to a counselling role. Since then, I have worked in a secondary school, providing social-emotional counselling and overseeing the career guidance programme for 7 years.

My area of expertise is working with adolescents, families and adults and my practice is informed by Choice Theory Reality Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Age groups

Adolescents (13 and up)

Areas of focus

Gifted students
Career counselling
Parental mental health
Self-esteem issues

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • OCD
  • Stress management
  • Career counselling
  • Relationship issues
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Gifted students
  • Working with gifted students and adults
  • Career counselling
  • Anxiety
  • Parental mental health
  • Self-esteem issues

I was born and raised in Bulgaria, pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Psychology) in the Netherlands, and have called Singapore my home since 2009. My free time is mostly spent with my infant daughter but when I find the time, I like to go for a run, read a book and work on projects related to mental health.

Professional Credentials

Credentials and Additional Training

  • Master of Counselling (Advanced), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, College of Allied Educators, Singapore
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (major in Psychology), University College Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Choice Theory / Reality Therapy Certified (CTRTC) by William Glasser International
  • Essentials of CBT by Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Advanced Training in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions by Swinburne University of Technology in collaboration with Executive Counselling and Training Academy, Singapore
  • Transactional Analysis 101 by Berne TA Centre
  • Psychological First Aid by Red Cross Singapore
  • Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Adolescents by Gifted Education Branch (MOE)
  • Workshop on Managing Difficult Children and Adolescents with School Refusal, Examination Phobia and Anger Issues by Orego
  • Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop by Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)
  • Sector-Specific Screening Guide (SSSG) and Child Abuse Reporting Guide (CARG) by MOE

Professional Experience

  • 7 years of counselling work at a Secondary school, offering socio-emotional support and career counselling, working with gifted students
  • English Language Lecturer for local and international students and adult learners

Professional Memberships

  • Provisional Clinical Member, Singapore Association of Counsellors (D0786)

Find out how we can work together


In-office and Online
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday to Friday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Counselling Fees

Individual Session (Initial): $250
Individual Session (Subsequent): $200
Family Session (Initial): $300
Family Session (Subsequent): $300