Counselling at Mutiara International Grammar School is part of a whole school approach to the mental health and well-being of the School community, especially the students. This service aims to provide students with an opportunity to talk through their difficulties in a welcoming and supportive environment, and to find their own ways of addressing their problems. It works towards achieving best outcomes for children by improving well-being and resilience, raising awareness of mental health and reducing the stigma around mental health. The service addresses issues such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct and relationship issues, eating disorders and academic challenges.
Confidentiality is maintained as far as possible but is not an absolute, especially if there is risk of harm. For younger children, a therapeutic approach encourages them to express themselves in non-verbal ways, for example through artwork or play. For older students, sessions tend to vary from 40 to 60 minutes. The session offered is open-ended and limitless in number. Some may only need to attend a few sessions while others may need support for longer.
The counseling service at MIGS includes a “drop-in” facility, whereby a student can see the counsellor for a short period of time without an appointment. Other forms of counselor-student contact are through referrals from the teaching staff or parent(s). Urgency and level of risk are taken into consideration and urgent cases are attended to as soon as possible during school hours. Provision for referrals to external mental health providers is also part of the service. For appointments with our School Counsellor, please contact Ms Esther Loh at firstname.lastname@example.org