Pearlyn Yap, Counsellor

Pronouns: she / her

Hi! I’m Pearlyn, a Counsellor who works with children, adolescents and young adults (35 and below). 

My passion is in empowering young persons to find competence and value, and to see them cultivate healthier and more compassionate relationships with themselves. 

I started providing specialised support to children, adolescents and their caregivers in 2017 through horse-based therapeutic programmes known as Equine-Assisted Intervention (EAI). Since then, I have had the opportunity to journey with many vulnerable young persons who struggle with challenging behaviours, mental health and developmental issues.

Apart from being trained in counselling and EAI, I am also pursuing my certification as a Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with the West Coast Institute (USA). Creative modalities such as LEGO, sand tray, drawing, puppets and games may be utilised in my sessions as a way to engage my clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

I am humanistic and collaborative in my approach, and prioritise creating a trauma-informed, strengths-focused space while utilising Gestalt Play, Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution-Focused and Mindfulness strategies, based on my clients’ unique needs. 

My practice is neurodiverse- and LGBTQIA+ affirming. 

I also serve as a Counsellor in a Voluntary Children’s Home (VCH), offering counselling to male residents aged 14-21 who are in need or in conflict with the law.

Age groups

Children
Adolescents
Adults

Areas of focus

Anxiety
Depression
Self-esteem
Stress and burnout
Anger management
Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic disorders
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Career counselling
  • Relationship issues
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Identity
  • Self-esteem
  • Social emotional skills
  • Working with children and adolescents
  • Working with neurodivergence
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

I have a special needs cat called Tobi; he is paralysed waist-down due to a trauma. Despite his disability, he scoots around faster than I could ever run, and enjoys playing at any time of the day!

“One of my favourite quotes is by Carl R. Rogers — “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

Professional Credentials

Credentials and Additional Training

  • Master of Counselling, Flinders University, Australia 
  • Bachelor of Arts, National University of Singapore 
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist Individual (CCTSI), Trauma Institute International
  • Using LEGO® in Play Therapy, West Coast Institute USA 
  • Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy, West Coast Institute USA 
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Professional Training, by Dr Joel Yang (Social Service Institute) 
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), by Adj. A/Prof Angie Chew (Brahm Centre) 
  • Engaging Reluctant Adolescents Using Motivational Interviewing/Approaches, Social Service Institute 
  • Understanding Children with Special Needs, Social Service Institute 
  • Certified Advanced Psychological First Aid, Singapore Red Cross 
  • Treating Clients with OCD with ACT and Exposure Response/Ritual Prevention, by Daniel J. Moram 
  • Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop (SISW), Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) 
  • Certified Equine-Assisted Intervention Practitioner, Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A, USA) 
  • Diploma in Equine Psychology, Centre of Excellence 

Professional Experience

  • Certified Practitioner in Equine-Assisted Intervention (EAI) with over 7 years of hands-on experience designing and conducting programmes and workshops for vulnerable children, adolescents, youth, caregivers and seniors (i.e. behavioural challenges, special needs and/or mental health conditions). 
  • Group work facilitating the development of life skills, such as self-awareness, emotional regulation, stress management, relationship-building, and self-care.
  • Volunteer befriender to provide vulnerable persons with social, emotional and practical support.

Find out how we can work together

Availability

In-office and Online
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 11 a.m to 8.30 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Counselling Fees

Individual Session (Initial): $220
Individual Session (Subsequent): $170