Seah Lay Kian, Senior Counsellor

Pronouns: she / her

Hi, my name is Lay Kian.

I have more than 10 years of experience in working with children and adolescents. My journey into counselling did not happen by chance as I made a career switch in 2011 after being exposed to financial counselling in my first job in a Statutory Board. During the time in my first career, I found it exceptionally meaningful listening to the stories of others and helping them make sound decisions to improve their lives. It was also a very heartening experience for me as I got to witness how different individuals took the effort to restart their lives, wanting to make things better for the people they love. 

Being a certified Choice Theory and Reality Therapist, I am privileged to walk alongside many who have made the choice to take the path towards healing. Not all problems have a solution, but I believe that you do not have to be alone while embarking on this journey of change. 

My approach during my sessions is mainly strength-based, with a focus on exploring the motivations and innate needs that lies behind certain actions or inactions. I also use experiential modalities such as Gestalt techniques and chairwork to address deeper issues such as trauma and self-esteem. As an integrative practitioner, I also integrate play, art,  mindfulness and hypnosis elements into the sessions, depending on the individual needs of the client. You are free to co-create how each session looks like as it is a journey of healing and exploration for both you and me. Fear not, as I will be here with you on every step of the way.

Age groups

Children (7 and up)
Adolescents
Adults

Areas of focus

Depression
Anxiety & phobias
Trauma / PTSD
Grief & Loss
Stress management
Low self-esteem and more

More About Me

I am a cat mummy to 6 rescues and I manage their IG account, hoping that they can be pet-fluencers and start earning some of their cat food and treats. I am a Jane of all trades, having a little knowledge and skills in a variety of hobbies and interests such as painting, gardening, star-gazing, tarot reading, crocheting etc. I don’t like exercising though.

Professional Credentials

Credentials and Additional Training

  • Master of Counselling, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics), Nanyang Technological University
  • Choice Theory/ Reality Therapy Certification, William Glasser International
  • Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment (Facilitated Learning), Institute for Adult Learning
  • Certified User of Youth Level of Service/ Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) 2.0, National Council of Social Services
  • Gestalt Play Therapy (Basic & Intermediate), West Coast Institute of Gestalt Play Therapy
  • Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop, Samaritans of Singapore
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy Training, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Clinical Hypnosis Skills for Health Professionals (Level 1), Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Transformational Chairwork & the Four Dialogues: A Three-part Online Training, The Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project

Professional Experience

  • Counselling and case management work in local Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education institutes (working with children, adolescents and young adults on various mood, behaviour, social and career issues)
  • Group counselling work facilitating family changes, emotion regulation skills, motivation using Choice Theory, managing stress and parenting
  • Poster presentation to MOE school counsellors on developing programmes using Choice Theory
  • Conducting mental health and counselling related topics to teachers and parents 
  • Case conferences and professional networking with other professionals

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Member and Registered Counsellor, Singapore Association for Counselling (C0391)
  • Life member, Cat Welfare Society

Find out how we can work together

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Availability

Sundays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Counselling Fees

Individual Session (Initial): $250
Individual Session (Subsequent): $180

Fees are the same for child, adolescent or adult sessions.